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Hiring a Roofer

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Home Improvement

Building or repairing a roof is a large project that affects a homeowner’s everyday life. A roofing project requires a skilled and qualified roofing contractor. It is important to research a contractor entirely before hiring; this will help prevent being scammed by an untrustworthy contractor.   

Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor:

Explore All Options.  Get at least three estimates for the job before hiring a contractor. Do not feel pressured to take the lowest offer; contractors with more experience and higher quality work may charge more. When receiving an estimate make sure the roofer does a complete inspection of the roof rather than a quick estimate from the ground. For a contractor you can trust, check out for reviews, complaints, and ratings.   

Check References.  Ask the roofer for references that have similar work as the requested job. Contact these references to determine if the job met the appropriate standards, was done on time, and was done for around the estimated cost. This will also allow consumers to get an idea of how the subcontractor’s work looks. Verify the contractor has a physical location with a contact number and address.  Qualified roofing contractors have proof of insurance, proper licenses, and are registered with the specific state. The contractor should be able to acquire the necessary permits for the job.

Get a Written Contract.  The contract should be concise, detailed and should include: the job that is being completed, the materials being used, the cost of every aspect of the job, any warranties, the estimated start and end dates, and the conditions of payment. Make sure to arrange for cleanup and disposal of trash after the job is completed; this may not be included in the original price. Never sign a blank contract and make sure to save a copy for future references.

Inspect the Work.  After the job has been completed, thoroughly inspect the work that has been done. Make sure it meets the qualifications that were agreed upon. Do not make the final payment until you are completely satisfied. Always pay a contractor with a credit card or check.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

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