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Choosing a roofing contractor or any type of contractor can be a stressful experience. It’s not something we do on a regular basis so can put us out of our comfort zone. Where the construction industry is concerned, it can come with even more stress as roofers and builders are well known for having a bad reputation! So what are the most common mistakes made when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor?
When choosing a roofing contractor, customers commonly make the following 10 mistakes:
- Choosing solely based on price: Never, ever base your decision on price! Opting for the cheapest quote might save money upfront, but it can lead to poor workmanship and low-quality materials, resulting in costly repairs later.
- Ignoring credentials and experience: Failing to check a contractor’s experience, insurance, and certifications can lead to hiring unqualified individuals who may not deliver the expected level of service and workmanship. This is especially true for specialist types of work such as heritage roofing work.
- Not checking references and reviews: Neglecting to read reviews from independent review sites or ask for references from past customers who have had similar types of work carried out, can prevent customers from getting a clear picture of the contractor’s reputation and reliability.
- Lack of written agreement: Not getting a detailed written, fixed price quotation that outlines the scope of work, timeline and materials can lead to misunderstandings and disputes at a later date.
- Overlooking insurance coverage: Customers often overlook verifying the contractor’s insurance coverage, which could expose them to potential liabilities in case of accidents or damages during the project.
- Not considering local expertise: Hiring contractors from out of town or those not familiar with local building regulations and weather conditions can lead to subpar work that doesn’t stand up to the local environment.
- Neglecting warranties: Failing to understand the contractor’s warranties on both workmanship and materials might result in unexpected costs if issues arise after completion.
- Relying on door-to-door sales pitches: Customers should be cautious of contractors who approach them unsolicited, as they may be unscrupulous or lack experience.
- Rushing the decision: Making a hasty decision without thoroughly researching multiple contractors and comparing their offerings can lead to buyers remorse after the protect has been completed.
- Not asking questions: Customers who don’t ask enough questions about the roofing process, materials, and timelines may end up with misunderstandings and disappointments at a later date. Never be afraid to ask questions. A good roofing contractor will always be will to offer answers to any questions you may have.
How to avoid making mistakes when choosing a roofing contractor
To avoid making any of the above mistakes, customers should take the time to research and interview potential roofing contractors. Never feel pressured in to agreeing for work to be carried out and take the time to ask for references, check credentials, and ensure they have provided a clear, written agreement before starting any roofing project.
For a more detailed insight into how to choose a reputable contract check out our 7 tips on choosing a professional roofing contractor