What “Not To” Do...
At some point, every homeowner finds that they must replace their roof; whether it’s because of wind, hail, or just age, it’s a practical, pertinent solution. The homeowner contemplates: “what’s the best course of action?” Furthermore, we provide: how to avoid being “taken”? We recommend these three things “not to do” when dealing with any contractor. Accordingly, you will avoid many of the pitfalls our customers have experienced over the years.
- Don’t Sign Anything. Until you are ready to get the work started, you should not have to sign anything. If a roofer is pressuring you to sign your name or agree to something on the spot, that is a tell-tale sign that you should not sign it. All you have to do is close the door and walk away. It’s symbolic and straightforward. Just like that saying, “there are always more fish in the sea”, there is always another option for you. Don’t get locked into an agreement before you’re ready.
- Don’t Give Away Your Money. With very few exceptions, you should not have to pay for your roof until it is completed. If a roofer requests money up front to purchase materials and get the job started, that is a red flag. All good contractors have credit with their suppliers and have money to finance jobs.
- Don’t be in a Hurry. Of course it’s important that your roof be fixed, but not if you are simultaneously making a bad decision. Having two problems is always worse than having one. Wait for the right guy; choose the right contractor. Make sure the roofing company you select has a good reputation and has strong recommendations; this will translate into three things: a quality roof, a positive experience, and a contractor you can recommend to your friends. And remember, if you didn’t request it -- reject it!