Where do I find a contractor?
These types of sloppy workers don’t care about longevity or making the necessary corrections that bring you peace of mind. Their thoughts are to cut every corner possible so as to make as much profit as they can. And the unlicensed worker doesn’t know how to properly complete an extensive project like a new roof. If they did have the knowledge, they would want to complete the necessary tasks involved to get licensed and have the possibility of making an honest living out of it.
Will I be accountable for any accidents?
Many times I have had folks come to me who had sloppy contractors or unlicensed workers do their roofing project. They then get very upset to find out it will have to be done over because of the damage that had occurred due to incorrect or negligent work practices. Sometimes it takes a while to find out because of the low occurrence of long heavy rains. By then these workers are usually long gone.
But this contractor is so cheap!
I believe if you work smart and truly care about what makes your living, you should be paid accordingly. That doesn’t mean over paying and having to charge the customer a ridiculous amount, it means being fair and respectful. Most trade workers want to do the job the right way, but aren’t given the time or incentive to do so.
How do I make certain I hire a good contractor?
The best idea is to get at least three estimates. Always make sure all are from licensed contractors. Setting a firm date and time for the appointment is a sure fire way to find out how accountable a contractor is. A four hour window or being late for an appointment is not being accountable (a quick phone call before the appointment letting you know someone will be late is very easy to do). I have been running my company and making my own appointments from the very beginning. I am only late when it absolutely can’t be helped.
Get a detailed, written proposal, and remember you are the boss. Using this process, you will certainly pay more than the lowest of estimates, but in the long run you will have peace of mind and a happy home.