When it’s time to tackle roof replacement or repair, either planned or unplanned, countless roofers would be happy to get your business. But you want a proven professional who will deliver the best workmanship at a competitive price … how can you find that contractor without getting scammed in the process? Just ask a few simple questions to help you weed out nearly all dishonest Northern Virginia roofing companies.
1. Where is your business located?
Get a phone number for the company, and call or stop by to verify that it does exist. Lack of a physical business address or an out-of-state address could signal a fly-by-night contractor who won’t be around once money has changed hands, much less when a warranty issue arises.
2. Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
BBB membership is a quick way to determine the legitimacy and track record of a company. If the business does not belong to the BBB, the next question will be especially important.
3. Can you provide a list of local references?
Always ask for references from local homeowners. Talking to former clients will reveal whether the contractor keeps to his schedule, provides accurate estimates and cleans up responsibly, as well as the quality of his work. Because storm-chasing roofers follow the damage and generally aren’t from the area, they will have more difficulty providing a credible list of clients.
4. May I have a written estimate?
Any reputable contractor will be happy to provide you with a written estimate detailing your project. If he won’t furnish a written estimate, remove the contractor from your list immediately.
Once you have selected the contractor you are most comfortable with, have a written contract signed by both parties in hand before allowing work to begin. Above all, use your instincts when it comes to any business dealing involving your home. If a Herndon roofing contractor is pressuring you or appears to be looking to make a quick buck, get away fast! To schedule a FREE roof inspection and estimate from Northern Virginia’s premier home improvement company, call Roofing & More at (877) 398-4555. We've been satisfying customers since 1993!
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