Finding a good mold remediation contractor can be more challenging then most people realize. We have a number of suggestions that are based on over 30 years of construction experience to help you find a competent individual.
- The individual should have verifiable experience which includes training and “certifications”. In order to find a good mold remediation contractor some effort is required today. unfortunately for consumers there are far too many individuals today which have “make believe” certifications and this trend is increasing. Today there are Internet companies which offer “mold certifications” with no training, or experience, the only item needed is a valid debit card, that’s it. It is very easy for contractors to join a nonexistent company and appear on the internet as a “certified remediator”, the process only takes about 10 minuets. The following suggestions should help you weed out some of the undesirables.
- Ask Questions, lots of questions such as:
- How long have you been performing Mold Remediaton? (how much experience do they have?).
- How did you get into the Mold Remediation business?, and how long have you been with this company? You are search for clues as to their skill level and their stability.
- What type of training is involved in getting a certification. How many classes, and what types of professional training have you had? A competent individual will have had many classes, and be able to describe briefly a little bit about these classes and the content of the course.
- Do you have pictures of recent jobs? then ask for the contact information of the person they did that particular job for so you can get a reference. Simply observing their reaction to your request to ask for a reference can be insightful, and they should have the information most likely readily available; such as pictures on smart phones, tablets, etc.
- The technical language a prospective contractor uses can be very insightful; the correct use and fluency of technical terminology. If technical language is lacking, most likely the necessary skills to perform proper workmanship is also lacking.
- What type of vehicle does the contractor drive?, the age, the color of the vehicle, many experienced contractors drive white colored vehicles because they show less dirt, and that can be useful if you are a busy contractor. What type of bumper stickers etc.
- Did you have to study any special technical books? If they did, they will be able list many of the reference books by name easily. If they struggle with this question, more questions about their technical skills are in order.
We hope you find these suggestions helpful, and believe that if you have a list of predetermined questions to ask the potential contractor, you are far more likely to have a good experience.