Hiring a construction professional can be difficult. You must find a few different companies, get estimates, and make sure you understand the work for yourself. This process can be eased by following our tips for hiring a roofer:
Get recommendations from people you know.
Ask around for a good roofing professional. When someone you know recommends the work of a roofer, you have the advantage of hearing a first-hand account of their experience and you can often see the work the roofing company completed. This will give you a good understanding of what to expect from that company or roofer.
Look online for reviews.
There are many sources of online reviews out there. You can check out Facebook, Google, Yelp!, and Angie’s List for top reviewed construction professionals in your area.
*Hint: By asking around on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, you have the added advantage of getting a personal recommendation from someone you know and trust.
Once you have found a few roofing companies that you’d like to work with, it’s important to do your research. Here are the basic things you need to check:
1. Are they licensed and insured?
You can find out a lot of information about a roofing company by visiting their website. They should have their Construction Contractor’s Board number listed on the site. You can copy and paste this number into Google for information. Alternatively, you can visit the Construction Contractor’s Board website and enter their business name or phone number. Information on the company will come up.
2. Do they come back with a clean bill of health from the Better Business Bureau?
The BBB is usually one of the places dissatisfied customers will go to gain satisfaction when a business is being dishonest. Enter the company name into the Better Business Bureau website (www.bbb.org) and see if anything comes up. All zeros in the “complaints” section is a clean bill of health.
3. What does their estimate say?
A clear, concise estimate with information on the work to be done and the pricing is what you’re looking for. If the estimate seems extremely low for the work being proposed, this is actually a red flag. If the estimate seems extremely high for the work or materials, that may also be a red flag. Either way, do your research and find out how much materials cost and compare the estimate with those given by other companies before making your judgement.
4. Could they explain their estimate?
Your roofer should be able to communicate information about the estimate clearly and answer questions relating to it. This is extremely important, as you want a professional who will give you clear and understandable information about your project, as you progress through it.
5. Get the contract in writing.
Once you have decided upon a roofer, be sure they provide you with a written contract before the work begins. All contracts should have the work and price defined. Any changes to the contract should also be made in writing. Keeping everything in writing stops confusion from occurring in the long run and allows you to stay on top of the work being done.
Hiring any type of professional takes care and diligence. The company you hire should be able to provide you with the same level of time and attention as you put into finding them.