You know that list of numbers that parents leave for babysitters in case of an emergency? This is the same idea, but for your home! In the event of a damaging storm or a problem that forces you to evacuate your home, the last thing you want to worry about is scrambling for a good contractor.
Identify your contractor needs. List out all of the types of contractors that you may need for your home (plumber, electrician, roofer) and then add any contractors that would be unique to a natural disaster in your area. For example, if you live in an area prone to floods, you want to know someone who specialized in water damage repair. Tip: You may not be aware of certain risks in your area, so it’s worth a quick search online just to make sure all of your bases are covered.
Choose your A-Team. Once you have a list of contractor types, it’s time to choose your A-Team! There are a number of ways to find quality contractors, but if you want to make the vetting process really easy, use Angie’s List to read reviews and choose contractors based on letter grades. Tip: We recommend picking a few back-ups in case of availability issues.
Record all relevant information. Be sure to include the company name, email address, phone number, website and contact name when you create your list. Tip: If you’ve signed up for BrightNest, you can record this information in the Contacts section of your Homefolio. Storing your contacts digitally is especially helpful in the event you have to evacuate your house.
Re-check your list once a year. Companies do occasionally change locations, contact info or the services they provide. Give everyone on your list a quick call once a year to make sure they’re still available to help you in an emergency.