HIRING A CONTRACTOR
When hiring a contractor, there are many things to watch out for. With common sense and investigative skills, you can avoid some of the most common issues and bad experiences.
Are contractors legally required to be licensed?
Most states mandate that contractors be licensed in their trade. A license validates that the contractor in question has the skills to complete your project according to any regulations and safety codes.
Questions to ask a contractor
Are you a licensed contractor?
The first step is to make sure that the contractor you are considering is licensed. Checking state contracting boards is a simple, fast way to see what licenses they have and when they will expire.
Are you insured?
Most contractors are insured with at least general liability as a precaution for their staff and you as the client. A trusted contractor will offer their insurance information and give you the chance to confirm their policy with the insurer.
How long have you been in business?
Generally, most customers assume that the longer someone has been in business, the better suited they are for this job. This is not necessarily the case. Some newer companies are owned and operated by roofers who decided to start their own operation and have years of first-hand experience. It’s a good idea to ask for qualifications and references rather than just looking at the years of operation.
Do you have any references?
A good contracting company should have a set of references that they’re ready to provide you. With references, you can hear directly from past clients and get the full story about how a contractor performed and how responsive they were during previous projects.
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Do some research.
This includes looking online for client reviews about the company and checking to see if they have a gallery of past work.
Are the terms of the contract clearly defined?
Your contract should be easy to understand and review regarding all aspects of the proposed project. Information like payment plans, amounts, dates, etc. should all be included.
Use common sense.
The cheapest quote may seem like a deal, but you have to be cautious about the level of skill and effort put into the job. In most cases, those that charge slightly higher prices are the better option. Cost, online reputation, communication, portfolios, etc. should all be considered before you make any final decisions.
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HOW OUR PROCESS WORKS
Step 1: Call Us
We will have someone visit your home to inspect your roof, take measurements, and discuss the details of your project. Everything from the height and pitch to the need for repairs or replacement is factored into our pricing.
Step 2: Our Proposal
You’ll receive a detailed outline of what the job will entail, our estimated price, and possible extra costs that may arise. This document will include materials to be used and their details. Please ask any and all questions that you have during this period so that we can all start your project on the same page.
Step 3: Scheduling
After the contract is agreed upon and signed, we will begin to prepare for your project. This includes ordering materials from suppliers and gathering anything else we may need. Once ordered, materials will either be sent directly to your home or to us, and we will bring them to your home once work commences. We will coordinate with you on a time to start the project and give an estimated timeline.
Step 4: Protection
Roofing projects can be messy, but we do everything we can to keep your landscape and other belongings/areas safe during the project. We take the necessary steps to do this before we even begin working.
Step 5: Assessing Unseen Damages
With the old roof removed, we will be able to see the full extent of any existing damage. Some of these will have to be resolved before we can continue with the main project. You’ll be alerted to these and any additional costs they may accrue.
Step 6: New Installation
Hutter Roofing understands that no two roofs are alike. From the materials we use to the techniques we employ, we do all that we can to give you a roof that will work for you for years to come.
Step 7: Cleaning Up
Our top priority after installation is complete is to ensure that your home and grounds look exactly as they did before we even began working. We won’t leave behind garbage or materials; we take care of our messes!