If the prerequisites for being a roofing contractor were to own a hammer and a pickup truck, then the pool of candidates for your contractor has swelled into the size of an ocean. You don’t want to hire just anybody to do your home improvement or building job. You want to hire someone who has a good track record of meeting deadlines and staying on budget. You want someone who can deliver a high quality of work at a reasonable price. Here’s how to find a good contractor who will meet your needs.
Ask for a written agreement that details labor and material expenditures. Request a list of references and contact each one to verify that the roofing contractor has a positive reputation. Ask the references if they would use the contractor again. Ask the contractor for a list of priorities for the project and visit the work site often to be certain the work meets your standards.
Take care of your work crew! Even though you may be paying a roofing contractor to cover their paychecks, you can keep their morale up – and their motivation to do good work for you – by showing that you care about them. If it’s a hot day, consider bringing them sodas or snacks. Residential Roofers and their crews are human beings, too, and if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you.
If you have to fire your roofing contractor you should make sure they follow through with paying all the vendors or suppliers for your project. If the contractor is upset they could decide not to give the suppliers the money you have already given the contractor to take care of the payment. Verify everything is paid in full to make sure you do not receive a lien on your property.
Even good roofing contractors cannot predict every problem that may come up during a project. Try to be flexible and understanding when issues arise. Be certain you choose a contractor who is accustomed to dealing with unexpected issues and can resolve them efficiently.
Check the Better Business Bureau website to ensure that there are no current complaints. Unfortunately the contracting industry is one in which there are many scams causing people to lose out on a lot of money. While it is impossible to prevent all scams the Better Business Bureau review system attempts to help catch them early.
If you are going to order items on your own for your project, you should inform the roofing contractor of this so that he is aware of it before bidding. The reason being that some contractors would not like to work with products which are covered by warranty.
For possibilities of having a good constructors, let them sign a written down contract which will entail the period/duration of the project together with the cost of all materials and services to prevent them from unfairly charging you. Get recommendations and inquire from them about the roofing contractor’s impression, if it was good or bad. Ask them how the contractor could have added some input to the service he/she offered and if they would re-hire them again.
Author: Abe JohnsonThis author has published 16 articles so far.