As far as home improvement projects are concerned, roofing work is serious business. Any roofing project you decide to invest in needs to be done right the first time if you want to maximize your returns and avoid future headaches.
Tip #1: Hire the right roofer.
The kind of roofer you hire matters. This should be obvious, but we’re saying it anyway. Let’s be honest: not all roofers are honest, upstanding citizens who care about their reputations as professionals. The good news is that it’s easy to separate the bad roofers from the good ones. Ask friends, family, and neighbors for referrals. Check Angie’s List and other review sites to see if your candidate has had any unresolved complaints.
Once you have a shortlist of candidates, give each of them a call and ask questions like:
Do you have a permanent place of business locally?
If you like all the answers a contractor gives, you’re headed in the right direction.
Tip #2: Communicate.
Good communication is important not only in the hiring process but before, during, and after the project as well. It helps to listen to your contractor’s recommendations so you can make informed decisions, but keep in mind that your project is ultimately your call. Remember that communication works both ways.
Tip #3: Document everything.
Regardless of how honest you think your roofer is, you’ll still want full documentation so that you can protect yourself in case something goes wrong. The best contractors practice transparency in every stage of the project and should have no trouble with this.
Ask for daily progress reports, complete budget breakdowns and receipts, and detailed accounts of any changes to the original plan.
If you’re one of the many homeowners who have never worked with a roofing contractor before, relax. We roofers are a friendly lot. Finding a contractor you can work with on your current (and hopefully future) roofing projects isn’t as hard as it sounds.
As one of the leading roofing companies in Hampton Roads and the nearby areas, we at The Roofing & Remodeling Company understand the value of maintaining solid relationships. It’s good for business and good for our clients’ homes, so everyone wins. If you’d like to know more about our company and the products and services we offer, check out our website or give us a call today.