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5 Tips to Hiring a Contractor

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What to look for when hiring a Roofing contractor?

Choosing a roofing contractor can be a daunting task.  In smaller towns, there aren’t always a lot of choices in contractors. In larger cities, there are sometimes too many contractors to choose from.  It can be nerve racking to hire someone to come in and work on your home.

Here are 5 things to look for when hiring a Roofing Contractor:

  1. Are They Insured?- It is very important to hire contractors who are insured, licensed and bonded.  Roofing is a dangerous profession and as a homeowner you want to make sure that you are not responsible for any accident that may occur.  Not every state requires that roofing companies are insured.  It is best to double check with any Roofing contractor you hire that they are covered.
  2. Get More Than One Bid– Make sure that you get a bid from more than one contractor.  This way you know what the average price is for your job and what is included in the services performed.  It is important to understand that the lowest, price is not always the best.  You typically get what you pay for.  It is best to find a contractor with a bid that is itemized, so that you know exactly what you are paying for.
  3. How Do Their Reviews Look?– The better and more diverse the reviews, the more likely the company is a solid company.  However, some smaller companies do not have the reputation, or online presence that others do due to no fault of their own.  Also, watch for “that” customer’s review.  You know, the guy who never was going to be happy, so they found any way they could to give a poor review in as many places as possible.   For numerous reviews, search multiple  sites such as Angie’s List, Facebook, home advisor, BBB and google to try and find a variety of reviews from more than one person.
  4. Responsiveness/ Good Communication- Make sure that the contractor that you are hiring has good communication.  Did they provide a bid in a reasonable amount of time?  Were questions answered and explained in a manner that was adequate enough for you?  While walking you through the bidding process, did they ask questions, explain what they see could be possible issues, and give solutions to problems that perhaps you couldn’t see, or suggestions on how to do it differently?
  5. Are they a Certified Pro? – Many products have professional certification courses that contractors must complete to verify that they have been properly trained to install their products.  This way you can ensure that your work will be done properly.
  1. Thank you for the great tips. In it you mentioned that the better and more diverse the reviews are for a contractor, it means that the roofer is probably more solid. My brother needs a new roof and I was wondering how he would identify a reliable roofer to install a new roof for him. I’ll have to look at a variety of sites, and read reviews so that I can get a good idea of how the community views the roofer.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Hi Rachel! Reviews are great for determining good service based companies! Unfortunately, sometimes only customers with negative experiences tend to leave bad reviews, so definitely check multiple review websites for a solid recommendation. Angie’s List, Yelp, facebook and google plus are good sites to check!

  2. I noticed the other day that my roof was in need of some repairs, and I found the information in this article to be really helpful. I really liked how you pointed out that it’s important to find a roofer that has good communication skills and is prompt at providing a bid. I want the job done as soon as possible, so I’ll be sure to look for someone who can communicate pricing to me quickly so that we can move forward getting my roof fixed as soon as possible.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thank you for your comment Finley!

  3. I definitely think that it’s important for a contractor to have certifications and insurance. That is why I always ask the builders that I use for proof of those two things. I also will sometimes ask for references that I can actually talk to instead of just looking at online reviews.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      I am so glad that you know to ask for certifications and insurance! Great point about asking for actual references. Sometimes online references are not true, or lean toward the side of those who are unhappy customers. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for your comment about how you should hire a roofing contractor who is insured so that any accident or damage made that may potentially happen won’t fall on your head. I like how you said that that they should have received good reviews from past customers as well. My husband and I are looking into qualified and professional roofers to completely replace our roof.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Good luck on your search for a roofing contractor! Hope you can get your roof redone soon.

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