The week before last, I started estimating a large forty unit apartment fire. On day two of estimating, I met all of our sub contractors on site to walk them through their scope of work. I had the plumber, electrician, HVAC company, elevator company, roofer, and other various trades. There is a great deal of coordinating before I can even estimate a project of this size. I focus on every detail now and along the way. On a fire loss of this size I even meet with the building department on site so that we all can work together as a team. I do this to find the most efficient, cost effective, and code compliant solution.
The estimated damages are above seven hundred thousand dollars. I estimate a project of this size to take approximately seven months to complete from start to finish. My estimate was delivered to the owner before the insurance company even came out to do there initial inspection. Now we are on hold until the insurance company writes there comparative estimate. I work well with many different insurance companies and try to do everything I can to make it easier for them. For example in this situation I provided them with the estimate in an electronic form that they can load onto their computer and then change our estimate however they like. This saves them around 80 hours of work on a project of this size. I have found over the years that I have a dual role to make sure that both the customer, as well as, the insurance company is informed and happy. This makes every job easier and more enjoyable. If you go in with an open mind, present the facts, and not take it personal, the negotiation goes smoothly.
Clarke Contractors, Inc. is equipped to handle any job of any size we have become the best in the city and pride ourselves on that. If you have a fire call us at 513-874-3995 or visit www.clarkecontractors.com, we would love to help.