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Indianapolis Window Repair – How Agents Can Help Sellers Before Listing Home

Window Issues! How Agents Can Help Their Sellers Upfront.wood window restoration

Foggy or faulty windows can either point to a structural issue, or can sometimes be viewed as a cosmetic repair needed on a home. Prior to listing a home and scheduling an inspection, it can be very advantageous to identify and have a professional evaluate any window issues that may be present.

Advising sellers to address or, at minimum, get the problems look at before listing can avoid a slew of red flags being set off to prospective buyers.

Before you list, what your Sellers should know:

  • First impressions! Buyers wonder…if one window is faulty, are there more that will be soon? What else might be old or faulty in this house?
  • Efficiency Concerns. Faulty windows can result in reduced energy efficiency. Buyers are reviewing utility averages and costs as this is a major factor in their ability to afford and maintain the home themselves.
  • What is lurking beneath? Damaged wood is really scary for buyers. A water trap is any surface that is not sloped downward away from the wall and allows rainwater to sit until it evaporates. These areas soon develop spots of wood rot and, if left unrepaired, allow water to enter the wall and begin to rot the wood framing. And then mold…ahhh!
  • Inspection Reports. Inspectors should be reporting all visible window seal issues. Windows either function as intended or they don’t. A failed weather seal is a failed window in need of repair and/or replacement. Get ahead of the inspection report if you know there may be an issue. This allows you the seller to get estimates and make the right financial choices vs. being rushed to get all required repairs done in order to get to closing on time.
  • Keep repair options open. Foggy glass can often times be repaired, wood replaced, etc. If sellers wait to explore this option after an inspection report, prospective buyer may instead push for a full window replacement instead.  What’s is worth to them in the end to maintain a good selling price?
  • Inspect your own windows before listing. All window are tested during an inspection. Do they all open? Are they difficult to open? Are any locks missing? Are any screens missing? If the seller has big furniture in front of a window, or bric-a-brac on the window sill, sometimes Inspectors can’t risk moving the belongings to test the window.

Checking a listings windows functionality upfront and working with a qualified Indianapolis window repair company can save lots of money and time, and most importantly ensures your Sellers that you are helping them get the most out of their listing and avoiding big surprises.

Contact Indiana Residential for a free window evaluation of your listings.

 

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Importance of Completing Inspection Repairs on Buyer’s Response Prior to Closing

After reviewing and writing estimates on over 13,000 homes we have a few reminders on the importance of addressing buyer’s response on inspection repairs before the closing on the sale of the home:

  1. Major and Safety Repairs.

Major repairs and deferred maintenance can quickly lead to additional issues and further damage to the home if left unrepaired.  Safety issues can lead to harm to the new homeowner and their children.  Agents, buyers and sellers all need to protect themselves. Get it done.

  1. Limits Seller’s Liability.

Completing all the repairs agreed upon by both the buyer and seller limits the seller’s liability to post closing issues, such as complaints, claims or lawsuits.

  1. Buyer’s Assurance.

Completing repairs before closing protects buyers against hidden damage and unforeseen costs that could be exposed when a repair is made after closing.  Buyers want to have peace of mind about their new home and not be surprised with unforeseen issues. When repairs are completed, this provides the buyers the opportunity to have the repairs re-inspected before they take ownership.  Buyers can settle in to their new home knowing that the repairs were done properly.

  1. Negotiating.

When price is negotiated down or money given back at closing we find that often times the new buyer fails to have the repairs made.  The needed repairs come up again when the house is resold.

  1. Storm Damage.

Seller’s insurance company could pay for roofing, siding, or other damage if caught in advance of the sale.

As a leader in our industry, Indiana Residential can provide a quick accurately written estimate, and repairs made correctly, on-time, by professionals.   While others promise results, we provide them.

Contact us and learn how we can be integrated into your process, helping you be more productive and focusing on what you do best, selling homes!

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Indy Top Producers Spotlights Indiana Residential

Closing! The word (in the context of real estate) inspires a plethora of emotions, a host of experiences and the summation of an event that provides everyone with a “win” – or at least it should. Many approach closing day with an unexpected laundry list of repairs found during the home inspection. Reaching that crowning day only to have something go awry, can leave many unhappy and unpaid. That is why it is so important to choose people that are devoted to the success of your rewarding moment.

The dedicated owners and staff at Indiana Residential understand this concept and champion their business as a solution. Following an inspection report, Indiana Residential offers a program designed specifically for Real Estate professionals to streamline the inspection repair process. With “One Call” (or email, text, one-click online submit), they appoint “One Contact” and provide “One Estimate” for all the inspections repairs that are required on the Buyers Response. The company is a MIBOR Affiliate Member that also offers many years of experience in home remodeling and renovation. Additionally, they are an IICRC Certified Mold Removal Specialist and an Owens Corning™ Preferred Roofing Contractor.

The Indy Real Producers Magazine publishes monthly and also includes a ranking of top agents in the area.
See List of 2017 TOP 200 Producers

 

 

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Window Service Announcement -Window Glass Replacement and Wood Window Restoration

We are excited to announce the addition of professional window glass replacement, wood window restoration and window repair services to our one-stop construction service offerings for realtors and homeowners.  Now you can include your window restoration needs on your Inspection Repair report and Buyers Response and we will estimate and complete with your other necessary repairs. Learn More>

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Window Glass Replacement

indianapolis window glass replacementFoggy Windows? Visible condensation or residue between your window panes? The Indiana Residential Window Restoration team can professionally restore existing window glass to like-new condition.  Replacing the glass and failed thermal seal on insulated glass units (IGU) can offer a quick and cost-effective way to extend the life and look of windows, and can be fixed at a fraction of the cost of having the entire window unit replaced. We can properly repair the bad ones and keep the good ones in place.

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Wood Window Restoration

Yes, wood windows can be repaired! It is essential to utilize parts that are designed specifically for each window type when restoring wooden windows to their original glory.  Your typical handyman or repair company cannot do this. Why? Well, every original window was designed with a specific profile for proper fit and function. To achieve that exact fit and function, you need to use an exact replica of the original components. And that’s exactly what we do; we utilize specifically engineered window sash replicas that are duplicates of the original window profile. We match yours to these replicas AND have stock on hand for most brands of windows that were installed in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. This allows us to quickly identify and start restoring your window, compared to months of lead time for custom tooling. 

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Window Repair & Replacement

Have broken or faulty window parts? Got leaks or damaged frames? Foggy Glass? Condensation? Various window components can fail or be damaged over time.  We repair everything from failed thermal seals and weather-stripping to locks, balances, cranks, openers, operating arms, and screens. From double-hung, sliding and casement windows to bay and garden style windows, our team installs quality windows to meet your energy and insulation needs.

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Contact us today to discuss your window restoration needs.

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Indianapolis Mold Prevention Tip from our resident Mold Removal Expert

Indiana Residential mold removal specialists inspect chimney cap, replace and repair.

Do you have a fireplace? Then you have a chimney cap.  Chimney caps can leak and allow water inside your home. Water opens the door for mold growth. Mold growth can lead to extensive mold removal and home repair expenses.

So, what condition is yours in? Well, you probably don’t know until a Home Inspector reveals on your Inspection report that there is biological growth (aka MOLD) around the chimney chase, flue, etc. This is one of the most common water intrusion repairs that our Indianapolis mold removal team addresses for homeowners when they are selling their home.  Unfortunately, over time chimney caps can become rusted, pitted out and will deteriorate, which allows water into your attic.  That water accumulates and mold begins to grow when the conditions are right. Attic mold spreads and can become a major issue and big expense to remediate the mold.

Avoid treating your entire attic for mold growth and mold removal by knowing how to look for warning signs and catch the leaks early. If your home is 25 years or older, or you suspect the need of a new roof, you can stay ahead of major damage by having your roof and chimney area evaluated by an Indianapolis mold removal professional. Our team can help you avoid this costly repair by providing a free inspection of your chimney and evaluate the condition of your entire roof. Don’t wait for an Inspection to find out the extent of the damage, be proactive and avoid this costly mistake that we see so often.

Contact us today to schedule a time for us to take a look at your property and assess your needs for mold growth and mold removal in your Indianapolis area home.  We service all of Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Avon, Westfield, Zionsville and the nearby surrounding areas for mold removal.  Because we are an established Indianapolis general contractor, our team not only removes mold from your home but also handles every aspect of restoring your property.  From drywall and flooring replacement to paint and all the finishings, we are qualified and experienced to do it all and you don’t have the hassle of working with multiple contractors to get your home back.

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Before and Afters- Complete Home Remodel

From floor plan restructuring to all new kitchen and baths, we said goodbye to 1960 in this lake house remodel.  The entire house, located in Lake Maxinhall Estates in Indianapolis, Indiana was transformed into a new modern and functional space for the homeowner.  This Lakeside neighborhood in Washington Township is a beautiful and mature Indianapolis community offering custom waterfront homes, making this remodeling project a great investment.

Too many updates were made to this home to list them all, but lets walk thru some of the big areas where you can really see this dramatic transformation.

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Kitchen Remodel

The dark dated kitchen was very small and enclosed away from the rest of the living space. Old rustic cabinets, black tile and appliances and laminate countertops had this space screaming for major attention. Who wants to cook and entertain in this dungeon?

BEFORE

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Our remodeling team started by knocking down walls and gutting the structure to open up this space to the living and eating area of the home.  New cabinetry, granite countertops, stanless steel appliances and restoration style lighting compete the transforimation.

AFTER

 

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Creating Open Floor Plan

The main living area featured an odd entry way divider wall, dated lighting and deco style metal railings that divided the living area.

BEFORE

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The enclosed kitchen walls were removed opening this area to create an island seating area now open to the dining space. The entryway divider wall was torn down making this all one open living space. The dated hand railings were removed and the stairs were remodeled to open up the living space.  Fresh paint and new fans and lighting complete the open floor plan.

AFTER

Door Replacement & Bedroom Addition

The exterior metal glass sliding doors were original to the home and were rotted and leaking.  Off the living area was a festive study area with dated stained glass windows.

BEFORE

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Our Indianapolis remodeling team enclosed the entrance to this blue study area, separating it from the main living area, creating a much needed extra bedroom for the homeowner.

AFTER

Master Bedroom Remodel

The master bedroom entrance area was odd and an unfunctional use of space with a dated vanity area just inside the door. The hall bath needed a complete transformation and accessibility opened up for easy access to the rest of the house.

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A new, more private entry was created to access the master bedroom by removing the vanity area and bumping back the entrance to the bedroom. This, in turn, opened up the hallway area outside the bedroom making way for a larger hall bath that was now accessible to the main living area.  A wide window was added to the exterior wall of the hall to let some much needed light into this entryway space. The hall bath was enlarged and completely remodeled with new cabinetry, flooring, plumbing and lighting.

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Office Remodel

Inside the master bedroom was a dark setting room/office area that was open to the sleeping area, complete with 1960’s wood paneling.

BEFORE

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Custom sliding barn doors were installed to add visual appeal and create a separation from the bed to this this office area. Paint, new modern built-in entertainment shelving with granite top, and new flooring complete the transformation of this unique space.

AFTER

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Bathroom Remodels

All five bathrooms in this home were screaming for a remodel.  Original or dated lighting, plumbing, tile and flooring made these bath areas a big eyesore.

BEFORE

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Four bathrooms were given an overhaul to make them clean and modern.  Each bathroom was remodeled using white subway tile on shower enclosures, glass shower doors, wood look grey tile flooring, brushed nickel plumbing fixtures and vanity lighting, new toilets and vanities with granite countertops.

AFTER

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Are you looking at an investment property, or the purchase of a new home that needs a major renovation? We can work with you on the project from the very beginning and he you with all your remodeling needs.

About Indiana Residential

Indiana Residential is the original one-stop general contractor serving homeowners and real estate industry professionals in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Avon, Westfield, Zionsville and the surrounding areas. Our services include one-call inspection repairs, home remodeling and repairs, mold removal and put back, roof replacement and repair, kitchen and bath remodeling, and general home maintenance including painting, electrical repairs, windows and siding, plumbing repairs, and more.

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Record Indiana rainfall calls for Indianapolis water damage remodeling contractors to step in

Did you know that Indiana has seen the highest recorded rainfall in history from April 2017 to today? This 25 year old Carmel, Indiana home hasn’t experienced any previous water issues, but the owner found wet carpet and swollen baseboards inside the home.

Upon demo, our team identified a crack in the exterior concrete foundation where water was trickling in through the foundation. We professionally repaired the crack, waterproofed the foundation damage, completed a full dry-out, treated for mold, and repaired all the materials with water damage.

 

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Even the most secure properties are experiencing water intrusion this year with the amount of rainfall Indiana has seen. Our remodeling and mold remediation team can help with your Indianapolis mold removal and Indianapolis water damage repairs.

 

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How To Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage? Do You Need a Roof Replacement?

While you can’t determine the full extent of hail damage to your roof from the ground, there are some signs that you can look for to help decide if there is a need for a professional to take a closer look at your roof. Hail damage to area roofs is common and the need for a roof replacement or repair can ultimately be determined by an Indianapolis Roofing Contractor when they inspect your roof from on top.

How to check for hail damage to roof without leaving the ground

1.     Indianapolis roofing contractor shows hail damage to sidingDamage to siding, windows, doors and screens.  Look around for dents, cracks, breaks, dings or any other signs that hail may have come in contact with your home. Hail damage will usually dent the soft metals on your roof, i.e. roof vent, exhaust caps, before fracturing shingles. From the ground, you can visually inspect your siding and the vinyl trim around your windows, Most likely, if there is any noticeable damage, small or large, to your siding or windows, the roof would have suffered this impact as well.

2.     Dents on gutters and downspouts.  If hail hit your area hard, your gutters and downspouts may show signs of damage.  Look up at your gutters from the ground for any bends or dark areas that may be dents.  Take a close look at the condition of your downspouts, even small dents or cracks could be a sign there is more damage up top.

3.     Indianpolis roofing contractor shows hail damage to air conditioning unitCheck outdoor appliances for signs of damage.  Examine your outdoor appliances like air conditioning units, grills, and even patio furniture.  Look for dents or excessive water intake. Enough hail abuse can even damage components inside your cooling unit (metal cooling fins). If your air conditioner seems to be working harder and producing less results after a series of storms, don’t rule out hail as a possible factor.  If dents are present around your outdoor appliances, it’s a good sign that you need to take a closer look to the damage that may be present on your roof.

4.     Confirm with historical resources like Weather Underground of the existence and intensity of a storm traveling through your neighborhood.

5.     Review the age and material qualities of your roof. Newer shingles obviously hold up better than older shingles, which have been subjected to natural elements for a longer period of time.  On newer roofs, the class of material used can provide an indicator of how well your shingles may resist hail damage. Class 1 is least hail resistant, Class 4 is most resistant.  Consider these factors when evaluating how likely it is for your roof to have suffered functional damage.

The presence of one or more of these signs may indicate a situation where the homeowner needs a roof inspection to determine the degree of hail damage. Repairs needs can range from simple roof repair to a full roof replacement.


Tips:

·        Be safe when checking roof damage; stay on the ground, consider using binoculars, or call a professional.

·        Take pictures of anything you think may be hail damage before you make temporary repairs.


What to do if you think you have hail damage?

If you’re a homeowner, real estate agent or potential home buyer and you think the property may have hail damage, the first thing you should do is call a professional roofing contractor  for a free roof inspection.  When selecting an Indianapolis area roofing contractor, pay close attention to the contractors qualifications. Consider their product warranties, workmanship guarantees, standing with the Better Business Bureau, amount of liability insurance, and required state and local licensing and insurance.

If the Indianapolis roofing contractor sees signs of hail damage to your roof, you will want to contact your insurance agent and start the process to file an insurance claim. A trained roofing professional can determine whether the roof damage is functional or cosmetic in nature.  Request that your Indianapolis roofing contractor and insurance adjuster inspect your roof together to avoid delays or opposing opinions on the nature and degree of your roof damage.

After identifying the proper repair or replacement needs for your roof, a qualified roofing contractor can complete the roof repairs/replacement to avoid any further damage to your home or property value.  For help identifying hail damage, contact us for more information.

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Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Water Intrusion and Avoid Need For Mold Removal

It’s that time of year again, the rain keeps falling here in Indianapolis and that means that all this water has the potential to find its way into your home and cause some major damage.  As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Noblesville, Westfield, and the surrounding areas, we see many easy home maintenance items being overlooked.  Water damage and mold growth can be avoided in so many situations, and these preventative tips to control water intrusion and mold growth in your Indianapolis area home are a great place to start.

  1. clean gutters avoid mold removal in IndianapolisClean gutters and downspout extensions every 60 days. When water accumulates around your home’s foundation, it creates puddles and eventually can cause major leaks and cracks within the foundation walls. Additionally, as water accumulates over the roof line, the roof begins to deteriorate, the shingles wear and the ceiling begins to take on water. It’s important to keep your gutters clean so water moves away from your home properly.  Inviting water into your home creates a great place for mold to start breeding. Avoid the need for mold removal by staying on top of the clearing of your gutters and downspouts.
  2. bury downspouts avoid mold removal in IndianapolisBury your downspouts to help direct the water further away from your foundation. Moving water away from your foundation is essential, and burying your downspouts is a great way to get the water moving in the direction you want it to go.  Ensure that it is angled away from the home so the water does not have a chance to come flowing back towards your home.  Not only does a buried downspout have better curb appeal for your home, it allows you to choose where on your property your downspout empties out.  For many properties this is a quick DIY project, but for others it may require a little help with the labor and proper guidance of the water away from your home.
  3. use pop up drains to move water away from foundationLocate your buried downspouts, perimeter drain (if you have one), and sump line and know where they terminate. Knowing where your water is draining is the first step in identifying a potential problem.  Discharge lines and outlets can freeze over or get clogged with debris over time.  With any kind of blockage, the drainage of your system can slow or be stopped entirely. If there is no other way for water to exit your sump pump system, then it will back up cause flooding. If you know where your lines terminate you can visually inspect these regularly. Placing pop up drain at the end of your downspouts is a great way to keep lines from getting blocked.  Knowledge about your drainage system is an important step in keeping water out of your Indianapolis area home and reducing the risk for mold growth.

  4. grade water away from foundation prevent mold removal IndianapolisEnsure soil is graded to sloped away from foundation. There are two types of grading: positive and negative. Positive grading is good, negative grading is bad. Positive grading slopes away from your home, directing storm water away from your foundation. Negative grading slopes toward your home, directing storm water toward your foundation. When water collects around the foundation it increases your chances of basement and crawlspace flooding and the breeding ground for mold becomes a real risk. “Regrading”, or changing the slope of your yard so it’s pitched away from your house instead of towards it, is an important step in keeping your basement or crawl space free of water and mold.
  5. Avoid trees with large root systems near foundation.  Available space is probably the consideration most overlooked or misunderstood when deciding what tree to plant. Before you plant, it is important to know what the tree will look like as it nears maturity. Consider its height, crown spread, and root space before you plant to avoid disrupting your homes foundation in years to come.  Planting too close to your foundation can open the potential for water intrusion and mold growth. Check out this helpful guide from the Arbor Day Foundation that provides a basic spacing guide from various distances and various tree heights.
  6. Ensure mulch beds are not piled too high around foundation.  keep foundation clear to avoid mold growth in Indianapolis homeWhen mulching year after year, its important to not bring your mulch beds up over your block foundation.  If mulch is too high it can help contribute to a negative grading, and when storm water consistently collects near the home only bad things can happen. It is recommended that a minimum of 6 inches of foundation be exposed.  Don’t pile on more mulch that creeps up over your foundation and onto your siding, wood, brick, stone, etc. Instead, opt to remove the old mulch, ensure a positive grade away from foundation is in place, and then replace with new mulch.
  7. clear window wells prevent mold remediation IndianapolisMake sure basement window well drains are clear. A window well drain is very similar to a sink drain, if it is plugged, water will not drain away.  If leaves and other debris are allowed to accumulate in the window well, it prevents rain water from draining properly. If water is allowed to pool it will eventually rise until it pours into your basement right through the windows. Keeping the window well free of debris is essential in protecting your home from water intrusion and mold growth potential.  Depending on your location and landscaping, you may also consider a window well cover if excess debris is gathering quickly around your windows.

As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, we find that the most common causes of mold growth can be avoided with proper maintenance. If you think you have a problem with water intrusion or need mold removal, we can come take a look at your property and set you down the right path to fix the problem before it gets worse. Complete our online contact form or contact our Mold Removal Specialist directly.

Indiana Residential Mold Remediation Services |  IICRC Certification #213801
Robert Barnes: 317.476.5688 or 800-601-4050

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Why use a certified mold removal specialist?

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An      effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a pre-loss condition
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers like Indiana Residential have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Please always look for the IICRC logo to verify IICRC certification.
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