When you decide to invest in water damage restoration you have to consider the following. First chose what you want to address among the major damages caused by water to homes. Also keep in mind of the other aftermath effects of water damage such as mold infestation, musty smell, and odors. Not to mention insects and rodent issues that arise from water damage.
Therefore, as a water damage restoration firm, you will need to be able to quickly identify and repair the cause of the water damage and handle its aftermath. You should also be diversifying the services that you are offering. These may include repairing and restoring homes damaged by fire and also taking care of general contracting issues.
When venturing into this field you will need the following items. You will have to purchase a liability insurance and bonding coverage. Secondly, you have to acquire certification that your firm can and is able to offer water restoration services. You will also have to apply for a business license in order to establish your operations. Lastly, you will have to purchase the following equipment: dryers, dehumidifiers, water extractors and a commercial vehicle.
The first thing you will need is to identify a need or a gap that exists within your community. In case another firm within your area is providing water damage services, you should consider establishing a healthy competition by offering additional services. These should be aimed at solving other needs that your competitor is not addressing. You may consider offering additional services such as mold removal, flood evacuation, fire and smoke damage restoration, musty odor elimination, dehumidification services, raw sewage cleanups, debris and mud removal, and carpet cleaning services. You may also offer a 24-hour water restoration service.
Next, you should obtain certifications for each special service that you and your contractors will be offering. Certification can be done by a restorative drying certifications company which has to be approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration). This will give you an upper hand when searching for clients and also place you on a better hand as insurance companies will be referring clients to you. You will also build and maintain your client’s trust on the quality of services that you offer.
To be on an upper hand, you need to purchase the right equipment. Look for fast dryers, strong carpet cleaners, and dehumidifiers. Also, equip yourself with water extraction equipment for walls and floors. Some dryers come equipped with dehumidification, spot cooling, and heating.
Also purchase safety goggles, gloves, steel-toed boots, and uniforms. You should also purchase a commercial vehicle for your business. Paint on it your company’s name, logo and telephone number, as well as the fact that you are insured and certified and include the services that you offer.
In order for your business to be successive, you have to build contacts with insurance companies and brokers to help ease the claims process for your customers.