Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor


Recommendations of Things To Know Before Hiring A Contractor

Personal Referral

The best way to get a contractor in any line of work is to get a referral from a trusted friend. That’s hard to do, as not a lot of people have had an environmental cleanup.

Here is a list of contractors that have necessary licenses, insurance, experience, training, and correct equipment.

Get 3 Quotes for the Same Scope of Work

It is recommended that you receive at least three written quotes from different qualified contractors. The prices quoted can vary with demand. There are companies out there that may give a less expensive quote. But without proper training and equipment. The possibility of cross contamination your building increases. 

Always Check Licenses and Insurances

Always get the company’s licenses and insurance information and confirm that it is current.  Confirm asbestos licenses here. Confirm lead licenses here.

There is a new contractors license that may be needed – C-15 Flooring Contractors.

Use Our Report To Get a Complete Quote

No one likes unexpected price increases on an a construction job.

Provide a copy of our report(s) to your chosen contractors and request they give you a quote for the work outlined. Our reports clearly tells a licensed, trained contractor the recommended abatement/remediation protocol(s).  There are lists of recommended environmental contractors needed to successfully complete your project. 

Contractors that we have successfully worked with are listed on our lists in All Environmental Contractors. We don’t accept anything from these contractors for inclusion in these lists.

Once you have selected a company, feel free to give us their contact information for the project manager, or provide them our contact information. We like to have a short conversation by phone with you and your contractors to go over your project. We will work with any contractor that you choose. For your benefit, please select a licensed, trained contractor that for the type of work you need.

Clearance or Validation

After the contractor’s work has been performed, post abatement/remediation clearance/validation is recommended before re-occupancy. The clearance/validation should be done before any reconstruction is done. We can provide this service it needed or desired. 

And Finally

Always pay with a method where you can trace the payment if a dispute comes up. The most successful projects pay part of the contract upon signing, with milestone payments along the way. Reverse a fair amount until your project has passed clearance testing. Be clear in the contract who pays for clearance testing if the project fails. Also be clear if you will be charged for additional work if your project fails. Having a written and agreed upon understanding will help resolve issues that may come up.

If any subcontractors are used you must take steps to insure the subs are paid or a Mechanic’s Lien could be placed on your property. This is very important.

Building permits are usually not needed by remediation or abatement contractors. You will need a permit if you are removing a bearing wall or any other structural part of the building. Contact the SFDBI if you have questions or concerns. Preliminary asbestos testing is usually required before a building permit will be issues.

Check the company ratings on the Better Business Bureau and Yelp reviews.

This guidance will serve you well working with handymen, general contractors, janitorial maintenance, or any other service that you require.

Because environmental cleanup can be like the Wild West, we have created these lists of companies that we have successfully worked with over the last 20 years. We do not accept payment for being placed on this list. When a contractor fails to produce satisfactory results for our clients, we remove that company for these lists.

We are always available to answer questions during and after your job. The one question we can’t answer is “If this price competitive? Fair? Average?” We don’t do any removal so we don’t know the day-to-day costs. That’s why we always recommend getting three quotes for identical work. The you will have an answer to market pricing.

During this time of COVID-19 it is highly recommended that if you see a worker without a mask that you immediately stop the job. You should always have the Project Manager’s name and cell phone. The Project Manager should be called and the lack of masks explained. 


Asbestos Testing

All Environmental Contractors List

Lead Testing