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How to Open Your Water Damage Restoration Business
Tips for opening your water damage restoration business by Restorer’s. Here are the links to the equipment and chemicals warehouse for restoration in case you guys want to take a look or if you want to call for information.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
Not much! Here is a quick rundown of what you need at a minimum to begin:
Moisture meters for one technician – a penetrating moisture meter with hammer probe, and thermo-hygrometer Hi for psychrometric readings.
Service van – I prefer an extended body service van which gives room to carry enough drying equipment to start a single job.
A truckmounted extraction unit like the ones used by carpet cleaners is preferred. It gives more lift and does a more thorough job at water extraction. If money is an issue a portable extraction unit will get you started along with a power sprayer for washing sewage will be enough for your startup.
Three dehumidifiers (2 XLg and 1 Lg) and 15 axial fans is enough to cover two home repair jobs at a time.
DO NOT buy tools for your subcontractors who do your rebuild. Each of those craftsmen must provide their own tools so this is not something you need to be concerned with. Hiring and working effectively with subcontractors is a conversation all by itself and should be had early on in your planning but this is not addressed here. WHAT TRAINING DO I NEED?
Owners need only a couple of classes initially to get industry grounded and ready to open shop. The first is the Water Restoration Technician (WRT) course. There are many classes offered by various groups across the country so you should have no problem finding one nearby. I would encourage you to choose a source that provides an IICRC WRT Certification as part of the training. The WRT course familiarizes the new owner with the science of drying, common terms and best practices for mitigation. This is important since you are likely to do some of the work yourself early on in your startup and you need the familiarization necessary to properly supervise your crew. This course will provide you with both.
The second course needed is the three day Xactimate training. Xactimate is an amazing program and the centerpiece for your billing process. There are a number of really good sources of help that provide estimating services and template for construction take-offs that helps you record the scope of damage and repair as enables the services to provide you with a thorough and well written mitigation and rebuild estimate. Don’t be afraid of this – there is a lot of good and affordable help available to you to address estimating needs.
That is all the industry training needed to get underway with confidence. I recommend taking both classes before you begin your marketing and initial launch.