Many people only need a roofing contractor once or twice in their time owning a home, and some roofing contractors take advantage of that. Here are a few ways that you can be sure that you’re bringing in a great team for the job.
1. Interview Fiercely
When interviewing, you’ll want to get to know this person’s professional work as much as possible.
- How long someone has been in business
- How long they’ve worked with their current team
- How many people will be working on the roof
- When was the last time they performed a similar job
- How much you should expect for price estimates
- How long the project would take ideally, and in bad conditions.
2. Check Their Licensing and Insurance Claims
In theory, anyone can claim to have insurance and licensure. Ask to see their licenses and proof of insurance so you can be sure that everything is covered on your end. As the homeowner, you don’t want to risk any liability when it comes to your homeowner’s insurance or the chance that someone could get hurt on the job.
3. Look At Their Reviews Online
Online reviews aren’t always reliable, but they can give you a general sense of what to expect. If you come across a particularly bad review, ask about their experience with that client.
4. Collect Estimates Until You Feel Comfortable
Somewhere along the line, someone decided that three was a magic number. If you have three estimates and they’re wildly different, then continue to seek out consultations. Collect estimates until you feel that you have a good grasp on what to expect with the work, materials, and labor required for the job.
5. Always Ask for Financial Agreements in Writing
Never allow a contractor or handyman to start a job without getting an estimate in writing and a contract with a final figure that you can both agree to. You and the contractor may decide to create a cushion or allowance for unexpected expenses, but you should sort that out before work begins. Your working contract may include other aspects too such as when the team will work and when they expect to finish.
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