- On September 12, 2018
An estimated 700,000+ homes are at risk of storm surge based on Florence’s current Category 4 status and for many contractors that could mean a very busy off-season. However, working a hurricane is not like working an area post hail storm. Before you decide to take on any job post-storm, consider whether your business is prepared enough to handle it.
After a storm, the demand surge for labor and materials, coupled with unfamiliar locations and the unique job-site hazards associated with post-event situations, can create significant risks and challenges for contractors. Before you move to a new location and a new storm, you should always ensure you have a skilled workforce large enough to handle new jobs, review your business insurance coverage and state/local laws that apply to restoration contractors.
In addition, let hurricane Irma and Harvey be a lesson: insurance companies weren’t ready, adjusters were inexperienced and the thousands of homeowners in FL and TX dealing with claims are now suing their insurance companies.
If you plan on working areas impacted by hurricane Florence, here’s what you can do to assist policyholders.
1.Write Legitimate and accurate damage assessments
Many of the problems stemming from hurricane Harvey and Irma have been caused by adjusters who botched the initial damage assessment, and this likely will happen in the areas impacted by Florence. Be accurate, be diligent and don’t make mistakes early on because it will likely cause more problems later.
2. Stay Compliant
A new area often means new rules, laws and regulations when working with insurance claims and a single mistake can be costly. The unauthorized practice of public adjusting or UPPA is now the single most important issue contractors across the U.S. are facing. Contact us to learn how we can help.
3. Stay Efficient
As you already know time is not on your side after a hurricane or severe weather event. Failure to target damaged areas and deploy your sales team in a timely manner can make or break how successful your company is after a storm. One way to stay competitive is to have advocates on your side who can assist when needed. Learn how we can help.
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