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Disaster  Recovery Guidance

Has a building you own or manage recently been damaged in a major event? Such an event is a shock, to be sure, but recovery is possible in many cases. To get started, contact Claremont to learn more about our consulting services and recovery contracting. We’ll offer up our extensive knowledge and experience to help you find the shortest possible path back to a fully operational building.

For a recovery contractor, you don’t want to work with a business that is just hoping they can do the work – you need a trusted partner who can deliver without any doubt. Claremont will bring in the licensed professionals needed for the various portions of the project, such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and more.

Do I Need a Restoration Contractor?

While it might seem like a subtle difference, a restoration contractor is not the same thing as a general contractor. Sure, general contractors are able to handle many different kinds of projects, but that doesn’t mean they are right for every job. In the case of a building that needs to be repaired or reconstructed after major damage, you’ll want to bring in a restoration contractor specifically to handle the job.

What you need to think about when deciding who to hire is whether the fixes to the building are going to be cosmetic or structural in nature. For relatively minor, cosmetic recovery, a general contractor might be just fine. However, when the work that needs to be done involves structural corrections, you’ll want to turn to a restoration contractor to be sure you get everything just right.

So, what is it specifically about a restoration contractor that is going to offer precisely what you need after a major damage event? The following points are important –

  • Damage assessments

  • Estimates for repair/reconstruction

  • Emergency recover specialization

  • Quick restoration process

How to Pick Your Restoration Contractor

Now that you understand the importance of selecting a restoration contractor rather than a general contractor, it will be helpful to know what you are looking for as you consider options. The obvious place to start is experience. By discussing with your prospective recovery contractor what kind of work they have done previously, you can get an understanding of what they are capable of doing.

Experience is important, but it’s far from the only thing that matters when making a hire. You’ll also want to ask about insurance, as a good contractor will always have the right policies in place. Payment terms are another key discussion to have in advance. When will you be expected to pay the balance due for the work? Good contractors are willing to work with you to create a payment structure that works for all involved.

Contact Us

As construction management experts, Claremont will dispatch our emergency response team to your site with 24 hours of getting your call.


Call 713.661.0400 if you need immediate consulting assistance due to a large scale property loss.

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