Home Improvement 101: Choosing The Right Contractor
Whether it’s a roofing or decking installation project, choosing the right contractor is one of the most important steps. But how do you know if you’ve found the right contractor? What should you look for in a potential candidate? What questions should you ask before hiring them for the job? At State Roofing we want to help you find the right contractor for your home improvement project. Below, see some important steps to take into consideration as you begin your process of finding the company to help you get the job done right.
1. Do Your Research
First, be sure to do your research. This takes a bit of time at the beginning but is well worth the effort put in. It’s best to create a short list of local contractors and then have a look at their past projects. Utilize web-based services to see if there are positive reviews about the company, or better yet, ask someone at each company to email you some reviews. Most companies that you want to work with will have no problem providing this upon request. Once you’ve narrowed your list further, ask for actual references you can talk to. It’s best to get an idea of how previous customers feel about your short list of contractors before you make your final decision.
2. Explore Your Options
Once you’ve done your research and narrowed down your search, don’t be pressured into signing a contract. You may be in a hurry to get a project going, but taking time to adequately and thoroughly vet a potential contractor is in your best interest. Even if you’ve had an outstanding issue in your home that you are anxious to address, know that moving too fast and quickly choosing a contractor without comparing your options may cost you more time and money down the road. It is best to get it right the first time. You don’t want to have to pay for the job twice.
3. Look at Specialization
Make sure you take time to investigate a contractor or company’s specialization. If you plan on installing a new deck, for example, it only makes sense to look for companies that specialize in deck installation. Take the time to ask your prospective contractors about their specialties, strengths, and their preferred jobs. This way, you can ensure that the contractor you’ll work with has extensive knowledge about the project you’re hiring them to do. It is always beneficial to work with a company that has a specialization in the area you’re hiring for, as this automatically eliminates concerns regarding their level of expertise.
4. Verify Local Licensing
Make sure all of your prospects have the necessary licenses to complete your job properly. This will save you from future headaches and further expenses should issues arise with the workmanship you receive. Are all of the contractors you are considering verified, licensed, bonded, and insured? This video from Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate says that asking these questions of your potential hire may seem obvious, but it is crucial in ensuring the success of your project. If you are considering installing a new roof, did you know that anyone with a truck could say they do roofing? You want to make sure that you choose an industry leader that has been in business for a number of years, and a company that can back up their strong warranty. Also, make sure that they have successfully completed other roofing projects that match your current project both in scale and design. When you invest in your home, you want to invest in a company that can do the job correctly.
Since 1968, State Roofing has been the premier name for quality decks and roofing. We provide real value for your money through exceptional workmanship and first-rate products, many of which are exclusive to State Roofing. We also offer recyclable and environmentally friendly roofing and decking materials so you can feel good about your design choice. For almost 50 years, State Roofing has been the industry leader in roofing and decking.
We serve multiple cities in the state, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Olympia and Seattle, WA.
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