Plumbing, roofing, landscaping, electrical work. Most of us are not astute or experienced enough in these fields – working with your grandfather when you were a child doesn’t count! We rely on the experts to perform these household tasks. But just because you depend on these professionals, it doesn’t mean that you should cave to the first business you see.
You need to employ the appropriate and effective measures to locate the right roofing team for your needs. And, once you select a roofer, you still need to be cautious and aware of what’s going on, whether it’s quotes or payment.
Here are five tips for finding the best roofer for the job:
1. Always Request Written Quotes
Unless you already have a roofer in your back pocket who you have known for more than a decade, you will be on the lookout for a professional roofing team to complete your household needs.
Before you hire the first team you come across, it is important to do a few things:
- Compile a list of roofing crews you’re interested in hiring.
- Condense the list to a handful.
- Always request written quotes from these roofers.
That last part is critical to protecting yourself and your wallet. Should you hire that particular roofer, you want to have something in writing, so that when payment is due, they won’t charge you more.
2. Never Pay in Advance
In recent years, you have likely read or heard about consumers who got scammed by some unscrupulous contractor by paying half of the requested work in advance. After finding out they were duped, these homeowners go to the media and send a warning to future customers.
A lot of the times, these warnings are ignored, but they shouldn’t.
If a contractor ever requests an advance of more than one-fifth, then go elsewhere. Typically, a seasoned roofing veteran will either not ask for a down payment or require a five percent advance.
3. Read Through Papers You’re Signing
Yes, reading can sometimes be hard, especially when it is extensive and consists of industry mumbo jumbo. That said, it is crucial to read through the papers you’re signing, especially if it contains caveats or certain terms and conditions that favour the roofer, not the client.
Before you sign on the dotted line, you should carefully study the documents to protect yourself.
4. Tax-Free? Don’t Accept It
Let’s face it: we all hate taxes, and we try to pay as little as possible, particularly on something that will be costly, like a roofing repair or replacement.
There might be some contractors who want to extend a tax-free deal to customers. It may be tempting, but you should ignore these roofers for a wide array of reasons:
- It could signal that the company is avoiding their tax responsibilities.
- The business may be abandoning consumer protection obligations.
- Worker safety may not be a priority.
- A tax-free deal without receipts may cost you more in the end.
You may not want to, but you must pay your taxes.
5. Be Sure You Receive All Necessary Information
Every roofing business is required to offer you any information you want about the roofing contract. This consists of the contact information of the contractor, invoices, written estimates, and, if applicable, the full name, address, and phone number of the salesperson.
This is merely another layer of consumer safety. In the event that you come across that one roofing contractor out of 1,000 that is iniquitous, you can be confident that you have legal recourse.
No matter how imperative the roofing job is, you should never rush into a contract. Your roofing needs are too serious and costly to just select any random business that you find on the Internet or in the Yellow Pages.
With a little bit of due diligence, common sense, and research, you can have peace of mind that not only will your roof get repaired or replaced, your wallet will not be fleeced.