Everyone has heard horror about bad contractors. Some of us have even lived through it. It might seem daunting trying to find a reputable contractor, but it doesn’t have to be.
There are plenty of contractors out there with your best interests at heart. If you are unfamiliar with local contractors, you will need to do some homework.
Finding A Reputable Contractor
There are plenty of ways to weed out the bad apples from the pool of contractors.
Ask Your Neighbors
Check out the local businesses in your area and ask them. Ask if they have had any work done lately or if they know anyone who has. Word of mouth is often a very good place to start.
Your friends or neighbors will be honest, as they have nothing to gain by recommending or not recommending someone. If they have had a good experience, they will say so.
You can check online for reviews and comments. Check the companies’ website first, although they are not likely to post the negative responses. Check independent forums and review sites.
Keep an open mind about these reviews. People love to complain online and will complain about nearly anything. Learn to read between the line. Chances are, not everyone will have positive things to say about a contractor, but that is not enough of a reason to not trust them yourself.
If you see a lot of negative reviews or comments about them not finishing the job, move on.
Check Their Credentials
Once you have found a few you like, start making inquiries. Don’t be shy about calling them up and asking some serious questions. You should start by asking about their licenses and work permits.
Ask about insurance and any type of warranty they provide. As a rule, most reputable contractors will have all of these things mentioned on their website. It is always a smart move to ask, however.
This should include a call to the Better Business Bureau. They can tell you a lot of information. Find out of they have ever been sued or charged with anything.
Ask if they have done many commercial roofs before and if so, which ones. You can go directly to those businesses and ask if they were satisfied. Get their opinion on the contractor overall.
As if you can see some photos of the work they have done in the past. It’s a good idea to ask the company the work was completed for if everything the contractor states are, in fact, true.
Being a reputable contractor is more than just finishing the job. Did they leave a mess, were they rude, did they show up on time? Think about your own business and what would be considered professional behavior and what would be considered unacceptable.
Chances are, you are going to be in the business while the work is going on. If you have a business that has customers coming in or vulnerable people, it’s important to ask all the right questions.
Pyramid Roofing has been in business since 1992. Give us a call and we can come out and give you a free estimate. While we are there, get your questions out and we will be happy to answer them all.
We know it is frustrating when contractors don’t live up to what you expected. It gives all of us a bad name. We work hard to dispel that idea. There are plenty of honest, hard-working contractors available.
Call us today. Pyramid Roofing has you covered.