Three Things to Ask When Hiring a Contractor for Asbestos-related Work

Hiring Contractors

Hiring an asbestos contractor can be an intimidating task for many people. What are the questions one should be asking? What are the primary considerations? Where does one begin? We’ve established the three baseline questions we encourage everyone to ask a potential asbestos contractor.

1.) Is the contractor licensed? This perhaps is the most critical matter at hand. For starters, it is illegal to perform asbestos removal if you are not state-licensed and the rationale is simple. Asbestos is dangerous, not only in its form, but when removing it you run the risk of exposing those removing it and the public-at-large. Add to it the fact that if it is not disposed of properly the danger can amplify from there. Licensed asbestos contractors have invested their time and resources to learning the protocol of working with asbestos in a way that minimizes risk and ensures the safety of others. Each state maintains a list of licensed asbestos contractors, making it an ideal place to start when hiring a contractor or beginning to make your inquiries.

2.) How much will it cost? Given the dangers tethered to asbestos and the need to follow strict guidelines in working with it, people see dollar signs. The good news is that looking at the costs associated with an asbestos project doesn’t have to be daunting. Many licensed contractors are happy to review the project at hand and provide a cost-free estimate. This is a win-win for both the contractor and the person hiring one, so that they can get on the same page from the beginning and leave the guesswork behind.

3.) Do they come recommended? Trust is a key attribute when making the decision to hire a contractor, which is why we typically ask people we know who they trust and use for a realtor, tax accountant, or even a doctor. And now with the internet, recommendations and reviews are easier to harvest. What do people have to say about a contractor? A simple perusal on Google and/or Facebook could have your answer.

Banner Environmental Services is a licensed contractor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you have an environmental project, contact us for your free estimate today, and should you want references, simply let us know and we will be happy to provide. In the meantime, here are what a few of our customers had to say about us.

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