Hiring the Right Contractor
Posted on 04/04/2019 at 12:00 AM by Dawn Gee
If you’re looking for a new roofing system, what type of company would you want on your property? What qualities do you think are most important for a company to have? (Most likely, safety, security, and comfort.) When it comes to hiring the right contractor, here are some things you should consider.
Is the contractor licensed in the state that they are working in? How long have they been in business? Do they carry a certificate of liability insurance, and are they prepared to show it to you? Do they have workman’s comp? If the contractor doesn’t carry liability insurance and workman’s comp, you’re hiring somebody to do the work but you’re actually the contractor. If they don’t have insurance to cover their employees, you become responsible for the people on the job. If someone falls off a roof and they are no longer able to work, they can sue you.
Who is on your roof? Where are they from and what are they all about? Here at Bakeris Roofing, all employees are background checked and drug tested. If someone can’t meet this criteria, then Jeff will throw them right off the roof. (And by roof I mean consideration for employment.) We will do everything to make sure that whoever we send on your property is a good, trustworthy person.
Another thing to pay attention to is warranties and guarantees that will secure you in the future in case anything goes wrong. What kinds of warranties and guarantees are offered by the contractor? (Not just the manufacturer’s warrantees and guarantees, but the ones provided by the contractor themselves.)
One good way to make sure you know who you’re hiring as a contractor is by checking with the Better Business Bureau. Google reviews provide an excellent source of people who have done direct business with that contractor. While looking through the reviews, consider the date that they were posted. If the review is three or more years old, it doesn’t really provide as much relevant information as someone who just did business with them a couple of weeks ago.
Does the contractor have a place of business, or do they only provide a P.O. box? Are they working out of their own home? How involved are they with the local community? Are they giving back to the very people who sustain their business? (We’re involved with the Ronald McDonald House and No Roof Left Behind.) We think it’s extremely important to stay invested in helping the local fire department, police department, and/or other local organizations. It all comes down to getting an idea of the company’s culture and philosophy.
If you have any questions about how Bakeris Roofing stacks up to the competition, reach out to us today by contacting us online or giving us a call at 515-967-8199.