Top 10 Questions You Should Get YES Answers To Before Signing A Mold Removal Contract!
Two of the most common questions we are asked when people call our customer service line are:
- “How much will mold removal cost?”
- “How do I choose the best contractor for the job?”
These are great questions that will be answered for you.
The main objective of this article is to help consumers in the Suwanee, Georgia area to make better choices and avoid getting taken advantage of by untrained or inexperienced mold removal contractors.
We will explain how mold removal cost is determined and what you should do to make the most informed decision before committing to working with a specific contractor.
NuTech Mold is committed to educating consumers in the the Suwanee, Georgia area about mold because we believe that informed consumers are able to make better choices.
Mold remediation is a service that is best left to professionals and this article explains why.
Call NuTech Mold, 470-655-1212, if you have questions.
Top Three Factors That Determine Mold Removal Cost!
According to the website, Mold Remediation Dot Com, the cost can range from $500 to $30,000. There is such a huge variance because every job and situation is different. Generally speaking, mold removal cost is determined by getting answers to these three questions:
- How much of the area is infected with mold?
- What kind of materials are infected?
- How easy is it to access the mold?
Once these three questions are answered, then a mold removal estimate can be prepared along with the scope of work.
Typically, and based on the experience of the professionals at NuTech Mold, the average household mold removal project will range from $2,000 to $6,000 while most commercial projects are usually more.
Once you get an estimate, the hard part is determining which company you should work with. It is important to understand that as a consumer you need to be diligent and get answers to many questions.
Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Signing A Contract With A Mold Remediation Company!
Unfortunately, since there are no uniform regulations or licensing requirements for mold remediation contractors, the onus is on the consumer to make the choice of who they want to work with.
The lack of regulation means that any contractor, with or without experience or training, can offer mold removal services.
Buyer beware, meaning you need to protect yourself by doing your research.
Listed below are ten questions you should ask every contractor you are thinking of working with.
- Will the mold removal contractor give you a written contract/change order?
- Will the mold removal contractor give you a remediation plan?
- Will the mold removal contractor give you a post-remediation report?
- Will the mold removal contractor recommend independent indoor environmental professionals that can provide you with a post-remediation verification report, so that their work is verified as a success?
- Will the mold removal contractor give you proof of insurance?
- Are the mold removal contractor’s employees trained through recognized organizations like the IICRC?
- Will the mold removal contractor set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
- Will the mold removal contractor use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
- Will the mold removal contractor give you a list of referrals and their contact details?
- Will the mold removal contractor use DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) tested equipment which is a process that tests the integrity of the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used?
Ideally, you should get YES answers to all of these questions and if you don’t keep interviewing prospective contractors.
Get At Least Three Estimates From Mold Removal Contractors!
In addition, we recommend that you get a minimum of three estimates from mold removal professionals in your area before making the final decision. Getting three estimates will give you peace of mind that you did your due diligence.
At minimum, experienced and professional contractors should provide you with these three documents to help you make your final decision:
- An itemized estimate for mold removal. This is the most important document because it will provide you with a line by line breakdown of all the costs involved in your remediation project, detailing what exactly you are paying for. If you get an estimate with simply one line that says “Mold Remediation and then a dollar amount”, then be careful about committing because such an estimate does not really tell you what you are paying for. When you get a quote, demand to know what the costs are for the following: equipment; garbage removal; materials and consumables; mold removal labor; documentation; equipment decontamination; management charges; etc. A detailed break down will give you a much better idea of what you are paying for and allow you to do a better comparison with other quotes.
- A mold removal scope of work. The scope of work is the work plan that explains exactly what will be done to remove the mold. If you do not get a scope of work or the contractor is unwilling to provide you with one, then we do not recommend that you hire them. Before committing to anything you need to see a written plan. How can you trust the efficacy of a contractor that does not have a plan and is not or unwilling to provide it to you in writing?
- A contract, sometimes referred to as an Authorization to Proceed. A written contract protects you and the contractor because it outlines, in writing, what each party is responsible for. It is imperative that you thoroughly review and understand the contract before signing. Once the contract is signed, the work can begin.
Do Your Due Diligence, Then Make A Decision!
Your best defense is to educate yourself. One of the goals of NuTech Mold is to provide you with knowledge.
Mold remediation is a profession, meaning personnel that perform the tasks of mold removal, safely, and effectively have invested in education and training to ensure that they Do It Right The First Time!
As a consumer, you need to use your best judgement and hire the contractor that you trust and want to work with.
Your best tool to investigate and gauge your level of trust is to ask questions, do research, get references, and do your due diligence.
Once you are comfortable, do not just hire the contractor with the least expensive quote, work with the contractor that is most qualified, most experienced, and has the best reputation.
There is a cost to professional mold removal that is done effectively.
Simply put, you get what you pay for, meaning the cheapest mold removal quote may not always be the best option.
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