When you are in need of roofing repairs, or you have to get your entire roof replaced, hiring the right contractor can be the difference between a smooth, pleasant experience and a horrible (potentially expensive) nightmare. It’s not a good idea to just hire the first contractor you meet; before hiring, you want to be sure that they meet your qualifications for experience, customer service, and price. Here are four things you want to hear when you’re getting bids.
“Yes, we carry insurance.”
A quality roofing contractor in Austin will have both a general liability and a worker’s compensation policy. The reason you want to hire a roofer that meets this requirement is that without these policies in place, the liability for injuries or damages will fall to the homeowner. While you hope that nothing will happen to your home, your neighbors’ homes, or any of the contractors working on your roof, it’s better to be safe than legally liable.
“We can dispose of your old roofing.”
Before you hire any contractor to install replacement roofing in Austin, be sure that they are going to remove all the debris and materials from your old roofing. Some contractors don’t include that service, which means they will leave a huge mess behind for you to clean up.
“Here is a list of satisfied customers you can speak with.”
One of the primary requirements for hiring a roofing contractor in Austin should be a history of quality work and great customer service. The best way to find out whether the roofing provides this quality work and service is by talking to people who have worked with them in the past. If you don’t know anyone personally who has employed their services, you want to get a list of referrals from the roofer.
“Let’s sign the contract.”
You never want to pay a roofing contractor to do any work without a written contract in place. That contract should include an estimate of the total cost of the work to be done, an outline of the scope of work to be completed, and a timeline for when they will have it done. In the absence of any of these pieces, don’t make any payments to the roofer. Unfortunately there are unscrupulous contractors out there who, without a contract, will add on unexpected fees, change the price for the work, or won’t do what you expect, and with no contract you have no legal recourse.
A roof is a significant investment, which is why you want to make sure your roofer says all these things before you hire.