Getting What You Pay For – Part 1

Why do contractors have such varying prices for the same job? Focusing on mold projects, this will be a short four part series to explain the reason that some contractors charge more than others. Let’s say your in the market for an attic to be cleaned due to growth caused by either poor ventilation or a leak.

Contractor #1 comes in with a price of $5,500 for the job, while contractor #2 is charging $8,900.

Difference between the two estimates and the companies themselves:

Contractor #1 is certified in mold, just like Contractor #2, but #1 earned his certification through an online course while #2 is not only certified himself, but his entire firm is as well. #1 paid a small fee, learned his course at his own pace and then took his examination online. The test itself may appear to be extensive because it is a 100 to 200 question test, but it doesn’t have a time limit and there isn’t any monitoring, which means he can look up the answers. Moreover, his certification may be valid for life, or just require a small fee to keep it valid. These types of certifications require no further testing nor do they require any continuing education. Contractor #2 earned his certification by attending a class which costs significantly more, took several days of in class learning to complete and an extensive test which was monitored and timed. His certification is only valid for 1 to 2 years and requires continuing education in the field to insure the contractor is up to date on any advances in the industry. #2 is also a Certified Firm which means all of his employees or the technicians within his company are also certified in the same manner and have the same level of education.

This example shows the difference between the two contractors in level of education, dedication to their field and the money required to not only take the courses, but to have continuing education while also doing the same for their employees. The second contractor will continually be up to date on all the latest advances in the industry and also be reminded of the required steps for proper remediation.

For more information, visit our website at biowashing.com & look for Parts 2 through 4 in the coming future.

About the author: Joe Fiorilli