Do your own research and get recommendations from previous customers. Check local ratings and make sure that your roofing contractor routinely meets code requirements and use quality materials in their work.
Talk to Your Contractor
Once you have a short list of trusted professionals in your hand, it is time to pick up the phone and make a quick call to each of your potential roofers and ask them some questions. Questions you may ask are:
- Does the Roofer take projects your size? Not everyone is equipped to handle a commercial size job, make sure your roofing contractor is not over extending himself and his crew for your project. A seasoned pro with an experienced staff will fit the bill.
- Does your contractor have a list of previous jobs and references you could call?
- How many projects does your contactor have at the same time? This information will let you know if your next roofing contractor can dedicated the time necessary in completing your project on time.
- How long have they been in business?
These questions will allow you to estimate company’s reliability and availability for your project.
Sit Down Meeting
From your list of potential contractors choose two or three for a sit down meeting. The contractors you have chosen should have been able to answer all of your questions and put you at ease. After all these people will be in your home or business for an extended period of time, you should feel comfortable communicating with them face to face. Contact a local quality assurance agency and make sure that the contractor does not have a history of disputes with previous customers.
Investigate Previous Customers
Now your list is probably dwindling to a few worthy individuals who have provided you with their previous customers list. Don’t hesitate to call previous customers to find out if the job was done on time and under budget. Some previous customers may even allow you to see the job your next contractor performed on their building.
Put Pen to Paper and Get Bids
You have spoken to and met the top three contractors, one of these people will get the job. At this point you are getting prices down on paper to compare the value you will be getting from your next contractor. Ask your prospects to breakdown the cost of materials and labor for you, so you know exactly what you are paying for and what you are getting. Generally materials accounts for 40% of total cost and rest covers overhead, so a typical profit margin is 15-20 percent depending on the marketing in which the job is performed.
Set a Payment Schedule
Payment Schedule is important because it will let you know how financially independent your contractor really is. If they want half the bid upfront, there may be an issue purchasing materials. For a larger project payment schedule tends to be broken down at 25% at a time with the first payment due in the beginning of the project.
Do not let Price be Your Only Motivator
Your contractor should be professional and inspire confidence in their work. Choose the contractor whom you feel most comfortable with. Money is not everything and remember you will have to deal with these people for an extended period of time. Get a Roofing Contractor you are comfortable with.
Draw up a contract, or ask your contract if they already have one. Agree on the payment schedule and ask for proof of liability insurance. Word to the wise, make sure that all of the parts of the project are on paper and you are not missing a small part which could cost you a pretty penny in the long run.
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