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Consulting Services and Recovery Contractors

It is important to find a contractor who specifically understands how to handle reconstruction or damage after structure loss.

At BELFOR, we can provide licensed general contractors for both restoration and reconstruction. We understand the physical, financial, and emotional impact of disasters, along with the need to find the right people to help you, your home, or your business recover. From home restoration contractors to disaster recovery contractors, we have 70+ years of experience in all types of emergency restoration, reconstruction, and contents restoration. Real numbers and realistic time frames, based on a proven track record of accomplishment, make BELFOR a name you can trust.

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What Is a Restoration Contractor? Restoration vs. General Contractors

If you’re looking for a contractor, you’ve likely come across “general contractors” and “restoration contractors.” Working on a damaged building is a completely different process from a brand-new project, so it’s important to grasp the difference between the types of contractors available. This way, you can rest assured you have the right person for the job.

General contractors work on remodeling, expanding, or renovating your home or business. A general contractor can carry out a vast array of different projects, usually more geared toward cosmetic purposes. When it comes to damage, a general contractor is usually able to fix cosmetic damage, but they may not have the necessary experience or tools to best assess your building and work on any structural damage following a disaster or emergency.

Restoration contractors tend to have a general contractor's license but are also qualified to carry out damage assessments, offer estimates, and communicate and negotiate with insurance companies. Following a disaster, it is essential for your contractor to specialize in emergency recovery and restoration. A restoration contractor will be familiar with the assessments, processes, insurance policies, and estimates associated with damage. This allows the work to get underway much more quickly, minimizing your loss.

Contractor Services Offered by BELFOR

From small repairs and cosmetic damage to full reconstruction services, BELFOR general contractors and disaster recovery contractors are licensed experts in their field. So, no matter the job, you can find the right person for you. Contractor services offered include:

  • Site Containment / Temporary Shoring
  • Structural or Partial Shrink Wrap
  • Intrusive Investigation / Selective Demolition
  • Full-Scale Carpentry
  • Complete Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing
  • All Roofing Configurations
  • Complete Exterior Envelope Reconstruction
  • Interior Build-Out and Finishes
  • Complex Installation and Interior Finishes
  • Construction Defect Reconstruction
  • High-Rise Reconstruction and Restoration
  • Historic Reconstruction and Restoration

What To Look For In A Recovery Contractor

There are a number of important components to consider when looking at recovery construction services, including experience, capacity to respond, and the range of services available. You should look closely at the levels and types of insurance covered, including billing terms—there may be important details that you would miss in an emergency situation.

BELFOR can help before disaster strikes by working closely with you and your business team. Our professional disaster consultants educate themselves on your building and facilities, review and test your emergency plan, and recommend actions to improve effectiveness.

Why are we qualified to help? Experience thinking on our feet in emergencies — time and time again, in unique circumstances and for a wide variety of properties — is what gives BELFOR the ability to foresee the short- and long-term consequences of rapid-fire decisions. From emergency consulting to full restoration contracting, our team works to restore property value, control costs, limit business interruptions, and return properties to their families.

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Recovery Construction Services At Work

A disaster affecting the workplace leads to interrupted business operations and lost earnings. If disaster strikes at work, BELFOR can handle every part of the recovery project. We have strong relationships with a network of trade contractors, architects, and reconstruction contractors, and we can also efficiently work with insurance companies and adjusters to expedite claims. If you’re in a time-critical environment, as is the case following a disaster, BELFOR can ensure a quick and seamless transition from restoration to reconstruction.

As in business, it is important for homeowners and families to have an emergency recovery plan in place. After experiencing the trauma of disaster, you may not be emotionally or financially prepared to make the best recovery decisions. An endless number of inexperienced contractors or people looking for work can appeal to your vulnerability in times of crisis. You should make sure you have carefully explored all options in order to make an informed decision about what’s best for you. The right home restoration contractors with the right resources, identified in advance, can work small miracles at a time when they’re needed most.

For more information about our restoration contractor services or emergency consulting services, contact our team or call our 24-hour emergency hotline at 800-856-3333.