First, if you need the services of an asbestos abatement contractor, the following characteristics are essential:
1. The contractor and crew are licensed, bonded, and insured.
2. They are knowledgeable of not only their line of business (the number and complexity of regulation is enormous) but are cognizant of the disruption and seriousness of the property owner's needs.
3. Fairly priced.
4. Professional. The latter point can make all the difference in your experience as the contractor will need to interact not only with city and county officials, but as in my situation, State of Colorado officials as well. Meridian staff possesses all of these characteristics and it is without hesitation that I would not only call upon them again but recommend them to anyone seeking abatement services.
Second, a summary of my situation: I purchased an older house and commenced an extensive rehabilitation project. I was aware that the vinyl flooring contained asbestos fibers (not uncommon in older homes) but I became concerned after removing damaged drywall and saw atypical insulation as well as an exhaust vent that appeared to be made of transite. I contacted the State of CO (Dept. of Environmental Health) and reviewed their website for abatement contractors who have run afoul of Dept. regulations. I contacted several contractors to obtain estimates for what turned out to be an extensive undertaking. I was impressed with Meridian from the outset: They were the only contractor to take action immediately to mitigate the possibility of dispersion of asbestos materials - this was before I had even received a quote! They explained what needed to be done, how it would be accomplished, what they needed from me as the property owner, and the time frame for completion. Their quote was competitive - they didn't "buy the business". Their professionalism alone was worth every cent.
Third, several months after Meridian completed their initial work, I called upon them again to have the transite siding removed from the garage and the house. Again, Meridian's quote was competitive and due to the nature of the project, it was completed in short order.
Fourth, asbestos abatement is a complex, nasty job. It's crucial that the job site be kept clean and safe. Plus, when your neighbors see the activity and eventually learn what's going on (and they will), it is so important that the contractor and crew can communicate effectively with people - so as not to raise alarm.
In summary, Meridian is skilled, prompt, fair, and I believe is looking out for the property owner's best interests.