Before obtaining bids, it's important to know what's most important to you - are you looking for the absolute lowest price to get you by for now? Are you looking to stay in the home indefinitely and want the roof to last for several decades? Is the manufacturer and workmanship warranty important to you? Knowing your priorities ahead of time will be helpful in selecting the right contractor for you.Many people obtain several bids and are surprised at the price differences, not realizing that they're likely comparing apples to oranges. Your roof is an important investment, so take the time to learn what it is you're getting for your hard-earned money and make sure the contractor explains everything included in the bid. If one seems extremely lower than the rest, there's probably a reason - either you're not getting everything that's included in the other bids, or perhaps they're cutting corners elsewhere, such as hiring unskilled laborers to save money.To assist you in knowing what type of questions to ask, we have included this printable bid comparison checklist on our website.
When getting quotes, there are several things to remember, including:* Ask questions until you feel satisfied you fully understand what they are offering.* They should be able to provide you proof they are licensed and insured.* Do your homework - research the companies online. How long have they been in business (you want someone established that will be there down the road in case you have any problems.) What is their Better Business Bureau rating? Are there reviews about them on sites like Angie's List or Yelp? Verify their license online at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx* For more tips, see http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/REMEMBER: Not all estimates are equal. Prices will vary for several reasons so make sure you're comparing apples to apples. What materials are they going to use? Do they offer a manufacturer's warranty and a workmanship guarantee? Lowest price doesn't always equal the best value for your money, and on bids that are significantly lower, you need to ask yourself what corners they may be cutting to be able to offer such a low price. Remember the old adage "You get what you pay for".Your roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements - invest wisely.
Hi Steve! An option you may consider for home improvement needs is finding a place that offers financing. We offer financing through GE Capital, and once approved, they give you a line of credit that can be used at any other participating vendors. For example, we're a roofing company, and if you get the line of credit for your new roof, you can also use your line of credit at eh participating HVAC company next door. Here is the site where you can find participating companies in your area: https://businesscenter.gogecapital.com/DealerLocator/DealerSearch.do?&gemid2=clrnav%3A0006. If none of these places have what you need, try calling around to see which companies offer any other kind of financing. Good luck!
If there is Contractor's Association in your area, that would be an ideal place to check as well. Up here we have the Nevada County Contractor's Association, and they only refer people to licensed, insured contractors.
Here are some important links to check:Contractor's License Board: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/ Tips on what to look for in a contractor, and you can check their licenseBetter Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org/ To check if they are accredited and if there have been any complaints filedAngie's List: http://www.angieslist.com/ Was created for consumers to rate and share their experiences with service companiesYelp: http://www.yelp.com Another place to check for reviews
One other resource I neglected to mention is to also check Angie's List for information and reviews on any company you're considering.[Hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for more information.]
Also check wth the County Building Dept as they should have documentation on any permits and inspections done on the home.
In Nevada County we have a non-profit Contractor's Association (Nevada County Contractor's Association) which strives to recommend only reputable local contractors. They work very closely with the contractors to help ensure we're in compliance and worthy of their recommendation.I would recommend you see if there is a similar organization in your area rather than paying anyone for a referral. When you choose a contractor, verify their license with the Contractors State License Board and ask for proof of insurance including Worker's Comp.Good luck!