Roofing Tips by Evergreen roofing charlotte NC. With the economy hurting as it has, many “contractors” are out of regular jobs and looking for work. Suddenly there are people who can do absolutely anything and everything. When you’re having someone work on your house it is important to pick people who you can trust. The Better Business Bureau has some information on their website that can help you find the right contractor. The BBB says to watch out for contractors that do the following things: Solicits door-to-door: Be suspicious of contractors who attempt to gain business by visiting door-to-door.
Has materials left over from a previous job: It is not your lucky day when a contractor shows up on your doorstep offering a cut-rate price on a project because they have materials left over from a recent job at your neighbor’s house or the house “down the street.” Asks you to get the required building permits: This could be a sign that the contractor is hoping to avoid contact with the local agency that issues such permits. Perhaps he is not licensed or registered, as required by your state or locality.
Does not list a business phone number in the local directory: This can be a red flag indicating that the contractor does not have an established business presence in-state. Or, that he perhaps relies on a home answering machine to “screen” customer calls. Pressures you for an immediate decision: A reputable professional will recognize that you need time to consider many factors when deciding which roofing contractor to hire. You will want to check references; look into the contractor’s standard of work and his professional designations and affiliations.
Asks you to pay for the entire job up-front or demands only cash:Whatever the reason, never pay for the entire project upfront. Payments should be by credit card of check so that your credit card statement or canceled check can provide proof of payment, if needed. Do not pay anything until after the first day of work, and then pay up to one-third. Make additional payments during the project contingent upon completion of a defined amount of work. Do not make the final payment or sign an affidavit of final release until you are satisfied with the work and have proof that the subcontractors and suppliers have been paid.