My experience in buying and flipping homes has taught me some valuable lessons about dealing with builders and contractors. I’m sure you have all heard horror stories of contractors doing shoddy work and then skipping town so as to avoid the repercussions and unfortunately those types of stories happen more often than are reported. Often times the erroneous construction is found by another owner of the house, usually too late to do anything about it.
For every type of construction that might be done to your house there are different kinds of contractors to look out for. In particular it is often difficult for people to gauge whether or not they should hire a certain roofing contractor or not. This is partially because more often than not when people are contacting a roofing contractor it is because of storm damage or because something large has fallen on their roofing damaging it. During these high stress times people are more inclined to hire the first contractor they come across and this can lead to a lot more stress in the long run. It isn’t beyond most contractors to cut corners in order to maximize their profits, this can mean using existing material for future jobs even though it may be structurally unsound or not adhering to OSHA safety regulations when up on the roof.
There are many roofers in your area to call when the time comes to replace tiles, fix a hole or even to add on to an existing structure. Be sure to check with the better business bureau to see if the are registered. Registration with the better business bureau is completely voluntary so often times you can tell one company is better or more trustworthy simply by the fact that they are with the BBB. You’ll want to talk with them on the phone and have a list of questions to ask them. These questions should be specific to your project or about upgrades you can make to your existing structure. You’ll want to ask how long the company has been in business and whether or not they have a portfolio of projects that you can see. Often times just a few pictures will tell a great deal more than any website or advertisement ever could.
For the last house that I bought and flipped I called JK Roofing because I had used them once previously and had a wonderful experience. As soon as they picked up the phone I remembered why I rated them so highly, the staff is friendly and always eager to help you tackle your project. On top of that they hire only the best roofers to work with and they never contract out anyone. This means there is always responsibility and accountability for everything they do. Roofing is serious business and can have big implications if you are hoping to sell your house. Not to mention that roofing your house isn’t exactly cheap so you want to spend your money on something that will not only look great but last.