Should the Same Contractor Handle Restoration and Reconstruction?

In One Word: Yes.

When a fire, flood, or storm wreaks havoc on your home or commercial building, the damage is not always limited to just a water or fire cleanup job. Your residence may require replacement of drywall, windows, or roofing. And on larger scale projects, repairs or replacement of a weakened structure could be necessary to your home or building. Instead of just tending to a mess made, more often the process of returning to normal life progresses from assessment to restoration to reconstruction.

It’s a big undertaking, and one that can mean sourcing, contacting, and coordinating a variety of different professionals, all of with whom you’ve likely never worked with. It’s no surprise many homeowners or businesses become overwhelmed by the process. Which only make matters worse when already having to shoulder the burden of a devastating event to their home or business.

Restoration and Reconstruction Is a Big Job

Family, friends, and neighbors will be by your side to support you through the stress of getting life back on track, but skilled restoration and construction professionals are standing by to service your property as needed, too. But where do you start?

Water Leaking From Ceiling Under Bathroom

Bathroom pipe leaking down into kitchen | Water damage restoration services by A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinFor example, let’s say a pipe in the second floor bathroom bursts, and now the kitchen directly beneath it has a much unwanted waterfall. After the water has been turned off to prevent further damage, it’s time to start contacting service providers. You’ll need a plumber to respond to the bathroom pipes. A water restoration specialist to remove any standing water. That same water damage specialist will likely dry the area between the kitchen ceiling and bathroom floor. If mold becomes an issue, that could lead to another mold removal specialist. And once everything is finally restored to working order, it’s time to bring in a builder to make your bathroom and kitchen look like it once did. They get to work repairing drywall, flooring, showers or cabinets that may have been damaged in the process.

Overwhelmed yet? It’s no surprise given the number of moving parts at play.


Benefits of Using the Same Contractor for Restoration and Reconstruction

Breathe easy knowing you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by hiring one person to do it all. Who is the home repair superhero, you ask? A full service contractor. Contractors may not be jacks of all trades, able to fix anything that comes their way. However, their job is to assess the damage, make a response plan, and then coordinate all of the people to get the work done. And that’s good news for you, because…

  • They know people.

Instead of having to rely on Google or recommendations from random people on social media, contractors have trusted, skilled individuals they’ve come to rely upon and thus work well with. Contractors can pull together a response team in a fraction of the time (and possibly even the cost) than you could do on your own.

  • There’s no need to play middle man.

Contractors play the go-between, keeping everyone involved current on what they need to know and when.

  • It’s a one-stop shop.

Instead of having to cut payments to a whole host of people, a contractor will provide you with one quote. It’s then up to the contractors to pay the people sourced for the project.

  • Possible discounts.

Work with the right contractor and you may be able to save money versus working directly with each individual service provider. That’s because contractors have good negotiations skills. By coordinating the entire project including each person’s schedule, may be able to shave billable hours off of the bottom line.

  • They understand the full scope of the project.

When you have one contractor to do the restoration and another to do the reconstruction, an instant gap in communication exists. While it may not be a big deal, it could make the project less efficient, and thus more costly. Having one person who sees the project through, from beginning to end, gives peace of mind to know details won’t be overlooked.

A&J Property Restoration – Your General Contractor


After our technicians have removed the mitigation or remediation equipment, we then start the reconstruction phase. When we take care of a restoration project for you. You have 24/7 live access to communication between contractors and project notes the technicians are taking in the field.

Whether your reconstruction needs require a carpenter or plumber, you will be able to track the work the same way you track our restoration work. This ensures complete transparency from us and the reconstruction experts who are putting things back together.

Contact A&J today for water damage clean up emergencies and services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinDo You Have More Questions About the Process?

Let us answer your questions about the reconstruction phase after emergency fire and water restoration, sewage cleanup, black mold removal or other mitigation services have been performed.