Trust is a valuable commodity. When you let a company into your home, you should be able to trust that the work they do will be on the up and up. Finding a trustworthy contractor can make all the difference when it comes to making home repairs, especially when you’re hiring a roofing company. Roofing is a major investment for your home, so it’s important to find a company that does quality work. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to help you find a trustworthy contractor to work on your home.
Better Business Bureau Rating
It’s important to be thorough when researching a roofing company, and using the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a great place to start. With a quick online search, the BBB gives you a useful overview of a company, including filed complaints, licensing, and length of time in business. This valuable information will give you insight into whether or not a company practices great standards. Finding a company with good word of mouth is key. The BBB takes word of mouth a step further by providing you with a detailed assessment of a company’s reputation. We recommend only considering companies with a BBB rating of A or A+.
When researching a business, it’s important to do an internet deep dive to gain knowledge of the company’s reputation. The BBB is somewhat limited in that it doesn’t have personal testimonials or recommendations, which you can get from other online resources like HomeAdvisors, Angie’s List, and the National Roofing Contractors Association. Also, use your favorite online review site (i.e., Yelp, Google Reviews, Facebook) to see what people have said about the company. If you see a trend in positive recommendations and reviews, then you’re well on your way to finding a trustworthy contractor.
License and Insurance
Another step in the vetting process is making sure a roofing company is licensed. Most states require roofers to be licensed. In Virginia, for example, contractors must take a class and pass an exam to become approved by the Board of Contractors.
Make sure you choose a roofing contractor that has general liability insurance. This insurance protects your property from unforeseen accidents or damage incurred during your roofing project. You should also make sure that the roofing company offers workman’s compensation insurance, which ensures that you are not liable in the event someone gets injured on your property. Contractors are required by law to have this insurance, but scammers may attempt to bypass this insurance to save money. Double checking with the roofing company to make sure their licenses and insurance are up to date can save you thousands in the event of an accident.
Price vs. Reputation
Price is always a major factor when deciding on home repairs, but it shouldn’t be the most important part of your decision-making process. Roofing projects are an expensive endeavor no matter what, and while choosing a cheaper option may seem practical at first, you could end up spending more later to repair the mistakes of cheap work. It’s important to find a company who can work with your budget, while also delivering high-quality work. Always look for the company that can do the best job instead of the cheapest job.
Roofing Company Scams
Unfortunately, there are many scams used by shoddy roofing companies. Scammers usually look to prey on vulnerable homeowners with limited knowledge of the roofing industry. They could pose as a door-to-door salesman, have fake endorsements, or try to hit you with hidden costs throughout their roofing project. The best way to prevent being scammed is to vet each company thoroughly using the steps listed above. Remember, never hire a company without first checking their credentials (via the BBB and various review websites) and licenses. You should also have a contract with a company and avoid paying money upfront. Examining a company before you hire them could save you money down the line.
How We Can Help
For your next home repair project, you need to hire an accredited roofing company. That’s where DryHome comes in. DryHome is a professional and trustworthy company with over 30 years of experience in the field. We are listed on Angie’s List, the National Contractors Association, and have an A+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. Our award-winning company was recently named the residential roofing contractor of the year by Roofing Contractor Magazine. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and happy to provide references of countless satisfied customers.
If you’re in need of roofing services, we can help. Contact us today to get started on your new home repairs!