Obtain Repair Release
When I owned Wildlife Removal Service, Inc., I was hired to remove a squirrel from a basement. It was a relatively routine job. I placed a trap in the room where the squirrel was. To protect the carpet, I laid down several layers of newspaper underneath the trap. I removed the squirrel, got paid, and thought the job was over.
Then I got a call. The client said the squirrel damaged the carpet. Sure enough it did. Fortunately, they didn’t want the carpet replaced, they just wanted it cleaned. I spoke with my insurance company and they told me that I could pay the cleaning bill but I should obtain a repair release. The point was that if I paid the bill, having the release, would mean that the client stated he was satisfied, and therefore couldn’t allege more damage.
So don’t forget, if you repair something, be sure to obtain repair release.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Operator (CWCP®) who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. He has written the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. Reach him at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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