It happens in almost any industry. You call around to several contractors and get quotes. Now what? Just how do you decide or know which contractor is the right one for the job?
First and foremost, don’t rely on price. As hard as that is to do because most of us are programmed to go with the lowest bid to save money, this could prove to be a bad investment in the long run. While price might play a factor, let these other more important factors lead the way to the right decision for your roofing, window or siding contractor:
Permanent Business – While a standard question for most homeowners is asking a company how long they have been in business, many neglect to ask if the company has a permanent address. If there is not a permanent address, chances are likely that the company “chases storms” or goes from area to area, knocking on doors, quoting low prices and then performing low quality work or no work at all as they walk away with your check! A permanent address is a must, along with a tax ID and the presence of a business license.
Insurance – Don’t take a contractor’s word for it when you ask about insurance. Ask to actually see the proof. A good contractor will have it ready to show any customer at a moment’s notice.
Money – While we said don’t focus on price, you should focus on how much money you are required to pay up front. If a contractor asks for full payment – don’t do business with them. These are typically your storm chasers that will not perform the quoted services. A small deposit up front, however, is perfectly acceptable as long as it is followed up with a written contract that you approve.
Warranty – A good contractor will stand behind their work and even guarantee it. This is evident through the use of warranties. Companies that do not offer warranties are not guaranteeing the quality of their work and should be avoided. Asking about the type of warranty that is offered should be one of your first questions to any company.
Once the important questions are out of the way, you should obtain written quotes from any company you are considering using. The written quote can enable you to compare apples to apples, so to speak. You want to ensure that you are comparing similar materials and types of installation. This enables you to get the exact products and services that you want at the price you were quoted. These simple factors should help you secure the work of a qualified contractor that can deliver the promised results without any hassle.