A home restoration company is NOT the same a home renovation company. In fact, the two could not be more different. It’s a common misconception that can be very costly if not fully understood before proceeding with a home restoration… and unfortunately, it’s something we see more often than we would like. Here is a rundown of the main differences between the two:
The Truth About Home Restoration Companies
1-Insurance-appointed restoration companies are only hired to bring a property back to what it was before a damage event occurred, even if what it was before was not ideal. Restoration companies are typically told to re-use any materials that were there previously, if possible, and to avoid making improvements of any kind.
2-Because they are simply restoring what was already there, there is no mandated requirement for home restoration companies to use licensed trades, have inspections or offer any kind of assurance, warranty or guarantee. As you could imagine, this has the potential to lead to all sorts of costly problems.
3-Many restoration companies operate at minimum standards out of a van, and while some are helpful, others aren’t even handy. They work for the insurance company who is paying them, not the property owner, and therefore do not have any stake in the property owner’s satisfaction.
The Advantage of Home Renovation Companies
1-Real home renovators are hired to make improvements to a property—better than it might have been before any damage happened—bring everything up to code, and ensure the end result lasts for years without issue.
2-Home renovation companies are mandated to use licensed contractors and trades, complete stringent inspections by licensed inspectors, and most will offer guarantees on their workmanship. Jameswood Homes has a two-year warranty on workmanship for any work we do; ensuring it’s done to a more-than-acceptable standard.
3-Home renovators work for the homeowner, not just for the insurance company, and therefore work with the homeowner to ensure their satisfaction. They also rely on word-of-mouth referrals for business, not just an insurance company’s contract, so it’s in their best interest to do great work.
You Don’t Have to Settle For A Sub-Standard Home Restoration
Remember, it is ultimately YOUR choice who completes the work on your home after an insurance claim—NOT your insurance agent’s. While your insurance policy might only cover the cost to return your property to what it was before, investing a bit more money to cover the cost of a real home renovator could end up saving you a lot of cash – and frustration—down the line. Call us for a free quote for your next home restoration.
-The Jameswood Team