All contractors in Southern California are required to be state licensed and insured; this includes the roofing contractor that the consumer picks to do their work. The roofing contractor should not only be state licensed and insured, he is also required to provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance for all of his employees. Consumers need to check the status of the contractor’s licenses and insurances, as well as retain a copy of said paperwork for their files. Doing so will ensure that the consumer is protected in case any accidents occur on the job.
When choosing a potential roofing contractor, homeowners should obtain a minimum of three bids with clear details of the proposed work. It is also a good idea to get some references from each contractor as well. A roofing contractor might be the nicest and most congenial individual the consumer has ever meet, but his previous work and past customers can give a homeowner much needed insight into what to expect for the duration of the job.
After the homeowner has settled on his choice of roofing contractor, a meeting is required to sign all of the formal contracts. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure that everybody involved has a clear understanding of all of the work to be done and eliminates the potential for surprises or cost overruns. No matter how good the contractor is, there can sometimes be things that the roofing contractor will be unable to anticipate, like unseen damage to substructures or the need for repairs from unseen water damage.
During the formal signing of any contracts, the roofing contractor will ask for a deposit before starting the job. This is typical, but the homeowner should never feel pressured to pay more than ten percent up front and should never pay for work that hasn’t been done yet.
Roofing jobs are usually messy projects and the homeowner needs to be aware of this. Homeowners should feel comfortable addressing any concerns they might have throughout the duration of the project. Trees and shrubberies might end up damaged during the job and homeowners need to feel comfortable that the contactor will take the necessary steps to minimize any problems or damage that might happen. It’s as simple as feeling comfortable with discussing any potential issues and building trust in the chosen roofing contractor.
By following these simple tips and by establishing good communication with the roofing contractor, many potential problems can be avoided. Consumers need to keep in mind that the roofing contractor they choose will be coming and going during the course of the job and therefore, they need to feel comfortable that their roofing contractor is someone they can trust.