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Your roof­ing con­trac­tor should be able to give you the con­tact in­for­ma­tion of a su­per­vi­sor to talk to in case of any is­sues.

Hir­ing a con­trac­tor

Here are some things to when you are look­ing to hire a con­trac­tor.

Make a list of ex­actly what you want done. Re­mem­ber that chang­ing plans in the mid­dle of a project will cost ex­tra money. Set a clear bud­get. Ask for rec­om­men­da­tions from friends and neigh­bours.

Con­sider deal­ing with a lo­cal com­pany. This may make it eas­ier to check ref­er­ences, en­force a war­ranty or have fol­low-up work done.

Get writ­ten es­ti­mates from at least three con­trac­tors.

Never ac­cept an es­ti­mate over the phone or with­out the con­trac­tor in­spect­ing the area.

Re­mem­ber that good con­trac­tors ask a lot of ques­tions so they can un­der­stand and plan out the project. For ex­am­ple, in drive­way paving, they should ask if any heavy ve­hi­cles will be parked on the drive­way.

Don’t go for a deal that sounds too good to be true.

If it’s a ma­jor project, you might need an ar­chi­tect or en­gi­neer to draw up plans and give di­rec­tion. You will also likely have to get a build­ing per­mit. Ask your town hall how much build­ing per­mits cost and how to get them.

Check out your ref­er­ences, even if some­one you know has rec­om­mended the con­trac­tor to you. Make sure each ref­er­ence is from some­one who has dealt with the con­trac­tor per­son­ally.

Get ref­er­ences from peo­ple who had work done that is sim­i­lar to the project you have in mind.

Also, get ref­er­ences both from the re­cent past and fur­ther back in time. Some­times, prob­lems do not show up for a while. For ex­am­ple, you of­ten don’t see prob­lems in roof­ing or paving for about a year or more af­ter a project is done.

Check war­ranties and guar­an­tees care­fully. But re­mem­ber that the con­trac­tor’s rep­u­ta­tion and length of time in busi­ness are more im­por­tant than a war­ranty or guar­an­tee.

Avoid cash deals. Rep­utable com­pa­nies meet all le­gal re­quire­ments, like charg­ing and pay­ing ap­pli­ca­ble taxes. If you do pay in cash, make sure that you get a de­tailed, signed re­ceipt from the con­trac­tor.

If a con­trac­tor of­fers you fi­nanc­ing, it may be wiser to ar­range your own.

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