Checklist: Hiring a Roofing Contractor
If you have a reason to hire a roofing contractor you need to ensure that you know exactly why you are hiring them before you start looking. Do you want your entire roof replaced, do you need some leaks fixed, or are you calling due to storm damage?
* Define the Project
Make a list of the needs of the project to include a list of all materials needed, the type of roofing you want to use, and whether it’s a complete replacement or if leaks need to be fixed. Even if it’s a replacement and you have leaks be sure to mention that so you can be assured all leaks are taken care of properly.
* Call Your Insurance Agent
If you need your roof fixed due to storm damage you need to first make a claim with your insurance agent. They will more than likely have a list of approved contractors and will send someone out to evaluate your claim and give you a number about what they’ll pay to fix it and what your deductible is. They’ll usually have more than one contractor that you can choose from. If they do, follow all the steps before to choose which contractor to use.
* Ask Your Friends & Family For Referrals
If this is not an insurance claim you can ask your family and friends for referrals. Most of the time a family or friend will have had roofing work done and know who to call. They’ll know whether or not they were satisfied with the work done. They can tell you whether they got done on time and within the bidding budget too. This can give you a good list of roofing contractors to call.
* Check The Facts
When you have a good list, check up on them to ensure that they do have licensing, certifications and insurance that they’re supposed to have in order to do the work of a roofing contractor. You should be able to find websites with information about each of the referrals. You can also call them and ask for license numbers and other information before you arrange an interview.
* Invite Contractors to Bid
Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices you can invite two or three different contractors to bid on your project. Tell them you want very detailed bidding to detail what exactly is covered in the bid and what is not covered in the bid. You also want a timeline of events to be mentioned in the bid. That way you can know how long this is going to take and how to prepare.
* Evaluate the Bids
Look at each bid and pick at least two that you like. Don’t necessarily pick the lowest bid, pick the bid that covers the most work, and has the best timelines and the best detail and is the most professional. After you pick at least two bids you can move on to the interviewing process.
* Interview the Winning Bids
Now it’s time to actually sit down and talk to each of the winning bids. You need to know what type of laborers they use. You need to find out if they are bonded and insured for this type of job. You need to ask how many times they’ve doing a roof like yours. Try to ask each winning bid the same questions so that your judgments are fair. Ask them when they can start or if they can start on your timeline.
Now you can choose the winner to start your roofing project. Check all references, and ensure that all their licenses and insurance are up to date. Since you’ve done your due diligence it’s likely you’ll have a good experience with your roofing project.