Quick-Tips by Steve Gonzalez C.G.C.|
Post-Disaster Tips by Steve
Getting Back Home
• Return to your property as soon as possible to avoid looting by intruders.
• Clear passage to your property to gain access. You may have to hire a tree
• Secure all window and door openings and other access points into the property.
• When installing locks on doors, the only keys to the lock should be in your
possession. If you hire someone to furnish the lock, be sure to get all of the
keys as soon as the package is opened.
• If power is out, you’ll need a generator if you plan on staying.
• Contact your local power and utility company to get on the list for restoring
power and/or water.
• You may have to boil water, so make sure you have the means available.
• A gas barbeque is a good temporary source for cooking or boiling water.
• If hiring a contractor, get a damage assessment and estimate of repairs first,
before you sign a contract. The assessment should be free. Confirm estimate
charges if any.
• Contact a repair service or contractor as soon as possible to repair or
replace the roof, windows and doors.
• Have the contractor supply you with legible documents qualifying him/her for
• Make sure the contractor gets a repair permit for the work to be done. Call
the local building Department to confirm that the proper building inspections
were made for your project. Some people have been scammed by contractors who
forged the inspector’s signature on the building permit card.
• Be sure to get a release of lien from the contractor, sub-contractors and
suppliers prior to making any payments after the first payment.
• A large deposit of money up front is not necessary. Most contractors have
accounts around town for the purpose of charging materials and do not have to
pay for up to 60 days.
• If you or the contractor changes the scope of the work to be done, get a
written change order for the extra or deleted work. Both parties shall sign all
change orders upon approval.
Steve Gonzalez is a master home builder / consultant / and author of “Before You
Hire A Contractor” / ConsumerPress.com / Copyright 2008
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