Posted 6.14.13 @ 16:10
Let’s face it, you just can’t sell luxury homes for sale with a messed up roof! You’re going to need a professional that knows how to patch up that roof and make it sparkle – but how do you know you’re working with a real professional? Here we’re going to talk about things like referrals, knowing they’re licensed and asking for examples of local previous work to make sure they’re on the up and up. Don’t go for the cheapest roofing contractor, make sure you’re going with the one that’s going to give you the best work at a price you can afford.
Always Get Referrals
You’ll first want to collect 3 local, reliable referrals that you can speak with. If a roofer is new to the area, tell them you understand but you can’t work with them. You need to work with someone that has a track record in your area, someone with local people you could meet with if need be to know that this roofer is the right one for you. One business referral and 2 residential referrals are always good, just know that if he’s done a great job in the past he should have no problems providing happy referrals.
Ask for Their Licensing Information
You need to know they’re licensed to work in your jurisdiction. They should be able to provide you with a licensing number and know the way for you to check it if you need to. Sometimes they’re licensed under their name or their business name, so ask which before you start your search.
Get Everything in Writing
Before you have someone work on your luxury real estate, make sure you get all estimates, materials to be used and contracts in writing. Yes, a handshake is folksy and fun, but the last thing you want to do is end up with the roofer from hell because you didn’t get everything written down first. Ask them to provide proof of liability insurance and everything else so you know that you’re getting the roofer that’s right for you.
Will They Supervise?
You need to know that they’re going to supervise their project – you don’t want a pretty face at the estimate and then a gaggle of unexperienced people working on your roof when the job actually starts. While most roofers won’t be at the site 100% of the time, they should be able to come by the jobsite a couple of times a day to make sure the work is progressing and actually what you ordered.
How Much Experience do They Have?
You need to know that this contractor has the experience (and experienced crew) to get your roof done right. You don’t want to work with someone that’s so green you’ll end up with your roof caving in. you’ll need to make sure that they’ll be able to offer the level of craftsmanship that your project demands – and you owe it to yourself to do some research and know that this is the roofer for you.