What You Need to Start a Restoration Company April 10, 2017 – Posted in: Blog
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to be in an industry where there is no shortage of work, starting your own restoration business might be a good idea. The top challenge for getting started in water damage restoration is the startup costs. Yes, it does take some capital to get started — equipment, training and marketing require some initial investment. But the barrier to entry is relatively low.
To help you take the first step, here is a look at how to start a water mitigation company, including what you need and the types of investments those things require.
Getting the Right Equipment
Having quality equipment is half the battle when you are developing a water restoration business plan. If you don’t have the right equipment, the right training and marketing can’t help you much. What will you need to get started? Here are a few ideas:
- Vehicle: You will need some way to get to jobs and some way to transport your equipment. If you already have a truck, it must be large enough to handle the job. If not, you will want to look into getting a van or truck that is dependable and that can transport the necessary equipment.
- Moisture Meters: You will need both a penetrating moisture meter and a thermohygrometer for psychometric readings. This will help you to gauge moisture content in water-damaged materials and in the damaged environment.rest
- Extraction Unit: You’ll need a powerful water extractor that can work quickly to remove remaining water from your job sites. You will find many options; you will need to gauge how much power you require for the type of jobs you take on, as well as how much you can invest at the start of your business.
- Dehumidifiers: Invest in commercial dehumidifiers that can run for long periods of time and effectively extract the moisture from the air and surrounding materials. There are several types of commercial dehumidifiers; LGR and conventional dehumidifiers are among the most common for water damage restoration.
- Air Movers: Few things are a bigger help to water damage restoration professionals than powerful air movers that assist with ventilation and air circulation, which will assist your dehumidifiers in quickly and effectively drying the environment.
There are many additional things you can find that will be helpful. But, as you get started, this is a solid collection of tools, equipment and materials to have before you ramp up.
Getting the Right Training
First thing’s first: Get certified as a Water Restoration Technician. You will receive the training and immediate credibility you will need as you go into the market and try to secure customers. The certification course will give you best practices, terminology and much more.
Consider other business-related training and courses, too. You need to deliver results at job sites, but you also need to run a business and take care of the many business-related tasks that will crop up, such as accounting.
Spend time connecting with plumbers and insurance agents. These are the people who get the initial calls when there’s water damage in a home, and they can be a valuable source of referrals.
Once you master the referrals and networking, all you need to do is deliver great results for your customers. The word-of-mouth engine should pick up from there and help sustain your business through the early months.
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