One of the biggest decisions a homeowner can make is who to hire to do exterior contracting work. A good decision can make your experience positive and financially affordable, while a bad decision can be detrimental to your home, emotionally and financially. In this blog, Mesler Roofing & Exteriors has laid out some helpful tips for choosing the right exteriors contractor.
If you are in Lawrence, Topeka, or Kansas City and surrounding areas and searching for a reliable exteriors contractor, contact Mesler Roofing & Exteriors today!
So How Do You Go About Choosing The Right Exteriors Contractor?
Do Your Research
When you are on the hunt for the perfect exterior contractor, one of the most valuable tools you have at your disposal is the internet. Research multiple contractors in your area and look at reviews and ratings from sources like Google, BBB, and Angie’s List. Choosing a “Google Verified” business gives you more peace of mind. Definitely find out how long they’ve been in business. Companies that have been in business for decades tell you they are more than likely a well respected and reputable business. Also consider where they are located, and whether or not they offer workmanship warranties.
Check out the contractor’s website and place of business. Not having a website or a dedicated place of business is a possible sign that they may be working out of their home and aren’t quite as reputable as those that do. If they have a showroom, that’s even better! Companies that have a dedicated place of business, website, showroom and years of service are definitely your safest bet. You want a company that has the capability to take care of any problems or warranty issues you may have. Make sure they have multiple ways to be contacted like phone, email, or a contact form. Browse their gallery or portfolio of previous projects to see what their work is like. You can check out Mesler Roofing & Exterior’s portfolio here and contact us if you’d like more information on your future project.
Ask for Referrals
Word-of-mouth can be a powerful tool. Reach out to family, friends, or neighbors who have had experience with exterior contractors. Ask them for referrals and get contact information for contractors. Ask them about their experience and what made it positive or negative. How did the contractor handle problems? Did they stay within budget? Were they good at communicating? Was the work completed efficiently and on time?
Get a Quote
Once you’ve started to narrow down your list of potential exterior contractors, call or set up a meeting with them to discuss the work and get a quote. Have your budget prepared beforehand! Any reasonable contractor will definitely want to visit your home to assess the work, so be wary of those that don’t. Ask questions if you don’t understand something about the quote. You can try to negotiate within reason but be prepared for a contractor who is unwilling to budge on their price. Remember that quality exterior contractors are in high demand!
It’s very important that you choose an exterior contractor that is fully licensed and insured to protect both you and the contractor. Legally, contractors must be licensed and insured in the state they are located. It’s also a good idea to see what affiliations or class designations a contractor may have. Are they affiliated with reputable organizations like the National Roofing Contractors Association. See what kind of awards they’ve received or training they’ve participated in.
Read your Contract!
It’s imperative to get a contract in writing and give yourself time to read it. If anything is unclear or you have questions, ask the contractor. Don’t sign it until you are 100% sure you are willing to work with that contractor. You always have the right to walk away at any point until you sign the contract.
Although it may seem like a daunting task, taking the time to research several contractors will pay off in the end. Ask for referrals from friends and family, and check review websites to get an idea of what past customers have had to say about their experiences. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, set up consultations so you can ask questions and get a feel for how the contractor operates. Remember, the decision you make regarding your home is a big one, so take your time and choose wisely.
If you are in Northeastern KS and need a reliable contractor, contact Mesler Roofing & Exteriors today! We would be happy to help you get started on your exterior renovation project.