Auburn Roofing: Article About Finding The Right Roofer
When a homeowner sees a section of his or her roof has missing shingles or signs of an infestation in the attic, it may be time to hire an Auburn roofing professional to fix the damage. While choosing to have a professional do such an important job is a good choice, how can a homeowner know that he or she is choosing the right person for the job? Prior to hiring a roofing professional, there are a few questions that anyone can use to figure out if they have chosen the right person for the job.
The first question to ask about a contractor's previous roofing experience. How long has that person been in the business? Is he or she licensed and insured? Most importantly, a homeowner should find out if the contractor will do the work directly or will hire a subcontractor to do the job. If subcontractors are going to be involved, it may be worthwhile to vet them as well as part of the overall contractor hiring process.
After a property owner feels comfortable about the contractor's credentials, the next step is to ask for an estimate.
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If the contractor doesn't give out an estimate or charges to do an estimate, it is a red flag that this person or company may be less than reputable. Without an estimate, it is harder to determine if the work being done fits within a given budget. Unless the problem with the roof is severe, it may be worth getting several estimates to determine the going rate for services rendered.
Once an agreement on price has been reached, it is time to negotiate a contract. Ideally, the homeowner is able to withhold some or all payment until work is completed. This ensures that the contractor does the job as agreed while the homeowner doesn't potentially give away money to someone who never shows up to the job site again. If there are cost overruns, there should be language in the contract that determines when and if the contractor has to consult the homeowner prior to continuing with the job.
Those who are in the market for a new roof or simply need to repair sections that have been damaged by water or pests need to have the job done right the first time. This is why it is important to vet the contractor and get an estimate ahead of time. Doing so can save the homeowner time and money that he or she otherwise cannot afford to lose.