Tuesday AM October 21st, 2008
by: Ed Mayberry, October 20, 2008 11:10:19 pm
Homeowners with hurricane damage are now getting past the immediate initial repairs needed and may have insurance estimates in hand, according to Toy Wood with the Greater Houston Association of Builders.
"First was the clean-up and assessment, because — and that took a lot of time. And then there was just the kind of work like getting the trees off of, you know, the houses and the fences. And then a lot of people were getting their fences up. A lot of the work was pulling the sheetrock out, pulling the carpet out, pulling the baseboards off. And now we're starting to do the rebuilding."
Wood says out-of-state builders and contractors may or may not meet Texas requirements.
"Be careful who you hire. We saw this after Tropical Storm Alison. Folks come into town who are not really contractors. They're just scam artists, is what they are. And watch for red flags, like if someone tells you that a contract's not necessary or if they're not able to give you a local address--legitimate credentials--a business card with a permanent address. If they are a remodeler or a builder in the state of Texas, they're going to be registered with the Texas Residential Construction Commission."
The Greater Houston Association of Builders Web site is compiling a list of members for its Disaster Contractors Network.
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.