Hiring a roofer sounds like a pretty straightforward job. So what should you consider before hiring that friendly neighborhood roofer? You may be astonished to learn that just hiring a roofer based on a friends’ remarks is not enough to defend you from impediments and unnecessary costs.
Follow these easy steps when hiring a professional roofer
Compare rates and related costs
The best approaches to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck is to compare prices and additional costs related to your project between contractors. Most contractors, especially those who are more established, will offer “free estimates” or some preliminary walk-through that shouldn’t cost you a dime. Don’t be afraid to have multiple roofing contractors give you an in-person estimate.
Try to avoid seasonal up charges
An emergency is one thing, but if you’re just looking to “upgrade” or maintain your roof in any way, waiting for the “off season” can save you a considerable amount of money. Having a roofer come out in the middle of snow season, or during a rainstorm, is not smart, and will likely result in additional charges that could’ve otherwise been avoided. A person should only hire a roofer that allows for him or her to pay only a small percentage of the agreed up fees up front. Once the roof is successfully installed, the rest of the fees can then be paid.
Ask for portfolio of the past projects
You can find reviews, portfolios, and testimonies quickly on websites. Even in person, don’t hesitate to ask for a portfolio of past projects and customer testimonies. This should be something every contractor has on hand and should provide you with, without hesitation.
Consider skills and experience
It’s understandable: we all want to save a few bucks. But sometimes, those extra savings can mean the difference between a “mediocre” result and a superb one. Asking your contractor where you can cut costs is one thing, but choosing a contractor based solely on how much you’ll be saving will often result in unfinished or shoddy work or even undesired future consequences.
Ask for warranties or guarantees
Too often, contractors work on your project and then leave without performing checkups or follow-ups. Sometimes, if they do perform a follow-up, they’ll charge. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to ask what type of, if any, warranties or guarantees they offer before your project begins.
Establish a clear plan of action
Going along with what the experts may get you where you need to go, but it also may leave you in an awkward situation down the line. Find out things like how long the project is going to take if tools and equipment will be stored on your property and for how long, and what the contractor does in the case that the project takes longer, or requires more materials than originally estimated. As you can see, there’s no such thing as knowing too much, or being too prepared. Like with most things in life, being over-prepared is better than being under-prepared. So do your research, and take some time, before you make your decision. Chances are, it’ll save you lots of time and money in the long run.