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What to Look for When Hiring for Disaster Cleanup

Disaster cleanup can be wildly unpredictable. 

After a hurricane strikes, downed utility lines and water contaminants can pose a huge risk to public safety. In these cases, you should always hire a professional to handle the job.

But, unfortunately, victim vultures arise after hurricanes and prey on the most vulnerable people. They’ll take your money in exchange for “contractor work” that either never occurs or is extremely shoddy.

So, how do you know who to trust when hiring for disaster cleanup? 

This is what you need to be looking for:

A reputable company that’s been around for years

A lot of scammers will create fake companies immediately following a disaster. If you google their company name and don’t find anything, report them to the BBB

Any reputable company will have a website that’s been around for years. Do your research. Ask for references and actually call them.

We highly recommend getting at least 3 quotes in writing from different contracting companies and verifying licensure and insurance for each.  

Multiple payment options to choose from

Cheapest isn’t always the best option. In fact, a price quote that’s too good to be true should be seen as a red flag.

Demanding cash up front or personal Venmo/Cash App payments should also be viewed as questionable. A legitimate company will be able to accept credit or debit cards and other secure payments.

Machinery that can be operated in potential high waters

When it comes to hurricane cleanup specifically, your contractors should expect to be working in potentially high and dangerous waters. 

That being said, you should ask them how they plan to navigate and work in these waters. 

Professionals like Stan’s will be able to answer this question with ease. Our unique marsh excavators are custom-built specifically for working on water. They’re built to float, making it easy to access flooded areas after a hurricane. Contact Stan’s Airboat & Marsh Excavator Service today to learn more about our disaster cleanup services!

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