The Key To Hiring A Successful Roofing Repair Contractor
With the stereotypes of home contractors being only slightly above those of car mechanics, there are a lot of people who shy away from needed projects because they don’t want the stress of having to go through with it, and worry about getting ripped off.
The problem lies in the fact that most people have absolutely no idea what’s really involved in installing a new roof or maintaining an aging roof, and feel susceptible that a preying company is going to come in and sell them a ton of unneeded services.
Fortunately, that’s exactly the kind of situation we at hard-systems like to help you avoid.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you hire a roofing contractor.
Tips for Hiring Roofers and Roofing Companies
- Get Multiple Quotes: One of the biggest mistakes people make, says George Owens, of roofersrichmond.com, a Richmond VA roofing company, is not shopping around before they buy. “Especially if you don’t know what problem you need to solve, don’t hesitate to have a few guys come in and look at it. You’ll get different ideas, at different pricing options, and will have a better sense of which company is the best to work with,” says Owen.
- Don’t Set a Budget Beforehand. While it may seem counterintuitive, another huge mistake is to have a clear budget before you speak to professionals. One way or another, you’re likely to let your idea of cost slip, and many companies will be eager to take advantage of that, providing you with a “realistic” option that magically hits your exact budget.
- Do Know What You Want. Even though you shouldn’t price out your idea of a roofing budget, you should do as much as possible to know exactly what you want before speaking with the contractor. This will make you less susceptible to upsells, and give you a basis for knowing if that quote is really going to meet your expectations.
- Do Your Homework. Finally, it’s extremely, extremely important to do your research both before and after you speak with potential contractors. Owens says that “We’re never intimidated by someone who shows us they’re willing to question our assumptions. IN fact, we love it. No professional should ever discourage you from fact checking and taking your time to decide.”
If you follow these four simple tips, you’re more likely to have a successful experience choosing an experience and qualified roofing company for your project. For more information on choosing the right roofer, watch the video below, or check out this list of questions from Angie’s List.