Nobody wants to discover mold in their home. It’s a pain, no matter how you slice it. It can take forever to fix, it can be expensive, and your only other option is to live in a house that isn’t really healthy and ignore the problem. The only thing worse than mold is when you hire a house mold removal “expert” who is entirely unprofessional and you wind up paying more than you should and getting lesser service than you deserve.
So how do you make sure you’re bring in a real, professional, qualified expert to deal with the problem? Well, it’s quite simple, really. Just follow these basic steps and you should have that mold gone in no time, and without spending more than you bought the house for.
Toss the Phone Book
Well, don’t throw it away, per se, as it can be quite handy in finding a great Chinese restaurant that delivers and it can be a big help if for some reason you forget the phone numbers of all of your local friends and family. But when it comes to hiring professionals, forget it. You wouldn’t hire a babysitter based on nothing but their ad in the Yellow Pages, would you? Of course not. You’d do the following, first-
If you’re a lawyer, a mechanic, a plumber, a general contractor, a graphic artist, a house painter or, most importantly, a mold expert, then the first thing on your website is going to be referrals. No matter what line of service you’re in, if your job entails service rather than products, then referrals are the number one top form of advertising you want to use. Mold experts know this, and the ones with no referrals will try to skirt around that fact. What it comes down to is that the people who have referrals are people who have helped someone out at one point or other. “More referrals” doesn’t mean “more qualified”, it just means more business, maybe a more established name. But “no referrals” tends to mean “no qualifications”.
By looking on the web, you simply cast a wider net. You can find better quotes and estimates, you can find a wider variety of experts, meaning that you’re more likely to find one who’s qualified AND will work at reasonable rates. You can also check out customer reviews and, if you like, do a quick check on the person you’re hiring. They may or may not have been fired from a dozen jobs before this one on the grounds of utter incompetence, but with the web, you’ll now in minutes flat.
Talk To Them On The Phone
So you sent’em an email. Next step: Talk to them on the phone. You don’t have to grill them, but ask a few questions and see if you get straight answers. If they dance around every one, skip them. Maybe they’re qualified, but the fact is that you’re bringing them into your home to do a job, so you should be able to talk openly with them without being shut out or patronized.