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Surely, you’ve heard your share of horror stories; renovations gone bad, unreliable contractors or people paying down payments and getting nothing in return. The question is: what can you do to make sure you don’t live a similar experience?

You can’t rely on intuition alone to choose your contractor, but it is important that you feel comfortable interacting with whoever you’ll be hiring. Chances are that if you are skeptical of them before the project is started, your experience won’t be as pleasant as it could be.

Get references

A good way to know if a contractor is competent is to get references. You can begin your verifications before even contacting the contractors for a quote. Ask people in your social surroundings if they know of any good contractors for the work you are intending to get done or perform a search for roofing contractor reviews online. Once you’ve found a couple that you’d like to obtain a quote from, you can ask them for references at the time of the estimate.

The cost of the work

While it is important to look for value in any purchase, it is important to keep the saying “you get what you pay for” in mind. Generally speaking, a company that promises to offer the most and best of everything, from products to services, should not be the lowest quote you receive. True value is in getting everything you need at a price you can afford and benefit from a pleasant experience while obtaining the results you expected. You may request several quotes from various contractors and get a glimpse of the customer service offered by different companies, then establish which ones can meet your needs and expectations.

Once you have chosen a contractor, confirm with them your choice of material, colours, and the timeframe in which you would like to work to be done. This will clarify expectations for both parties and ensure there are no misunderstandings.