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Contractors by Work VanIf disaster strikes and your home is damaged in a storm or a fire, you'l undoubtedly be glad you have a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy. Once the dust settles, you receive money from your insurance claim and you are ready to schedule repairs to your home, finding a reliable contractor is essential.

In some cases, such as a widespread weather event like a hurricane, tornado, or hailstorm, contractors will rush into an area knowing that demand for services will be high. Unfortunately, some of those contractors may not be entirely scrupulous, which is something the Federal Emergency Management Agency routinely warns consumers about. If you do encounter trouble, here's how to handle contractor disputes effectively.

1. Try to Reason with the Contractor


Have you heard the phrase, "Calmer Heads Prevail"? This is often true. Contractors are people and most people are more amenable to compromise if they are approached in a respectful, calm manner. Screaming loudly or hurling insults typically does not generate goodwill. Calmly communicate what you are unhappy with and why and exactly how you would like to see the problem rectified.

2. Contact the Licensing Authorities


If the contractor is unwilling to reason with you, we strongly advice that you provide a written warning informing the contractor about your next steps if the issue is not resolved by a specific due date.

If you have no luck resolving the dispute on your own, turn to the organizations that license the contractor. If your dispute involves negligence, the licensing agencies have the ability to fine the contractor, require them to refund you, or in extreme cases, suspend or revoke their license to practice.

When you trust Fleming & Riles Insurance with your insurance needs, you can be certain that our number one goal is making sure you are thoroughly protected from the most common risks to your home. Call us at (800) 833-4379 for a free Georgia home insurance quote.
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