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Meet Steve Georgoules, who is the co-founder and CEO of RS Five, LLC. RS Five is a fully licensed and certified general roofing contractor, that specializes in forensic residential inspections, and insurance restoration.
Steve has been an entrepreneur his entire life and was a full-service construction contractor for 25 years. Around five years ago, Steve saw a gap in the market for insurance restoration in Chicago, which inspired him to establish RS Five with the help of his business partner.
Steve saw a rise in storm chasing companies since storms have been getting worse throughout the country. Therefore, he set up this business to protect his friends and neighbors, so that they don’t get taken advantage of while trying to get a quality inspection of damages. He wanted to make sure that they had an accredited and certified specialist in the industry who could give them the best service.
The Midwest suffers from a lot of hail and strong winds, which can cause catastrophic damages to the exterior of people’s properties. The damage might not seem very big, a lot of people can’t see it with the naked eye. However, this can cause a lot of problems in the house such as leaks that lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and other pathogens that are harmful to people’s health.
It’s important to get a home inspection annually to check for these types of damages before they grow and become a serious health hazard. It’s not easy to establish a storm restoration company. Steve and his partner had to get certifications and proper training to understand the seriousness of a storm. This is especially important because the insurance company and the homeowner should address the damages right after they happen.
For example, if hail has damaged the roof, they need to replace that part of the roof as quickly as possible. If this is left unattended, the shingles or the roofing materials will break down and allow the water to get through. This leak will damage the insulation, drywall, painting, and the flooring of any building. Then it becomes too late and very expensive to fix all these problems.
The sooner the homeowner and the insurance company deal with storm damage, the cheaper the costs will be. RS Five is making a big difference in their customers’ lives by being the first insurance restoration advocates.
Steve and his team at RS Five work with meteorologists. When they do home inspections, they assess the type of damage that’s done, how big is it, and what are the long-term implications. Then they help their clients file claims with their insurance company, who then send their own adjuster to analyze the damages themselves.
In the beginning, many people may think that this is too good to be true. Steve realizes that people are skeptical because they might think they are storm chasers, who will take their deposit and run. That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence and research which company you’re giving your money to. A homeowner is encouraged to look up their company online, check with the Better Business Bureau, and other online authorities and resources to see that they are legitimate. This should always be done so that a customer’s money doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
RS Five goes the extra mile for their clients because they understand how valuable a home is to a person. You make a lot of memories with loved ones at your home. A storm is a natural event which is out of anyone’s control, but what he can do is make sure that a person doesn’t lose their livelihood. Insurance companies do payout for damages, but people don’t realize that in order to keep their costs down, they need to start the inspection process right after the storm has passed.
Steve and his partner have been close friends since high school. They have both run separate businesses in the past and were always involved in construction. They’ve done a lot of work on the homes of their family and friends.
That’s why he co-founded RS Five because it was another opportunity for him to help people as much as possible.
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