Is it possible to know if a roofing contractor is reasonable before you hire him? Choosing a roofing contractor should not be something left to chance. Follow this advice and increase your odds of finding a good roofing contractor.
There can be instances when a roofing contractor may not own a phone number or someone else may be managing his phone calls but if he is not giving out that number, it means he will not be reachable at all times. Make sure the roofing contractor gives you any medium to contact him at all times.
The roofing contractor should not levy any charge for providing an estimate. Ask the roofing contractor up to what percentage of fluctuation he intends to absorb the increase in price. The good roofing contractors know the approximate costs of material, labor and overheads but there could be unexpected increases by the end of the project which might affect the billing.
Always let your roofing contractor know everything. Small projects can too make a large difference in your project end look. If you are not sure of how big of a deal a decision is, consult your roofing contractor.
As is common knowledge, the Yellow Pages will have a list of all local roofing contractors near to your location, but it is best to contact only those roofing contractors who actually have an office number and an official address.
Who will be doing the work? If a main roofing contractor often uses roofers, a common practice, ask how long they have worked with whoever will be doing your job. Ask for references specific to the roofer. Ask if the lead roofing contractor will guarantee the work.
It is advisable that you seek clarification from former clients on the costs of their projects with the same roofing contractor. Though they submit bids, roofing contractors do not necessarily provide uniform estimates in all the projects they undertake but some leniency should be accorded depending on the cost and amount of time your project requires.
Make it a point to check with the Better Business Bureau whether the roofing contractor is accredited or not. A roofing contractor might look more than genuine in person and in his talks, but you should have it backed up with proof. After all, it’s your home that’s at stake.
It is a good idea to let the roofing contractor know if you have several projects but plan on working on one at a time. Ask for a discount on multiple jobs but you have to know that most roofing contractors do not give discounts on first jobs but they offer when you repeat the business with them.
Author: Julie HigginsThis author has published 10 articles so far.