10 Things to Know When Hiring a Siding Contractor
Many homeowners treat siding finishing as an easy task with which they can cope themselves. Yet, those dwellers who want to get an excellent result that will please an eye, contact a reputable siding contractor. Trusted firms provide a team of experienced workers who are well versed in remodeling living premises. They are aware of all the subtleties of the process and cope with their duties quickly, effectively, and professionally.
But here, a reasonable question arises: “how and where to find a reliable contractor?” How can one identify a trustworthy company among dozens of offered service providers? What criteria should one check? We provide a list of 10 points to analyze before hiring the contractor.
- Legality and licensing.
Before you get down to a thorough analysis of a company, make sure that it is registered and provides services legally. Reliable contractors never try to save money or whatever. They are honest with the tax system and do not seek to hide their income, while firms with poor reputations always try to cheat.
This should be the first point to pay attention to because if you neglect it, you won’t be able to claim a refund in court if the result doesn’t satisfy you.
- Feedback and referrals.
Ask the company about contacts of satisfied clients who can prove its high reputation. Talk with your friends or acquaintances. Well, your task here is to get some confirmation of firm trustworthiness from uninterested people. Ask for a portfolio.
- Experience and reputation in the market segment
Study the information about the contractor on the Internet. For how long has the firm existed on the market? When was it registered? Are there any black spots on its reputation? What is the current feedback on the teams’ services?
Get some information on the team of workers who will refinish premises. How long do they work in the construction sphere? Do they have some reviews?
- Company location
Is the firm located in your city? It is better to prefer local contractors since it is most likely that the team of workers has done repairs to one of your neighbors or acquaintances. Besides, if some problems after installation arise, it will be easier to get the company.
- An approximate estimate
Remember that a trusted contractor never hurries up to make a deal. Each building agency offers a set of preparatory services to interact with a customer. These include an individual consultation (the discussion of the needs and desires of a client, the size of the premises, etc.) and making an estimate based on the obtained information.
- A detailed contract
If you pick the firm, not just look through the contract but read it attentively. Feel free to clarify every unclear provision. Pay particular attention to the warranties and the order of solving disputes in the case when the customer is not satisfied with the result.
Consult on the provided insurance during consultation. For how long does the company provide a guarantee for its services? Is there a guarantee for the materials used? A manager should describe all the subtleties and provide comprehensive explanations of force major cases.
- The quality of materials, brands & supplies
When contacting a potential contractor, ask about what brands supply materials for finishing work. Read about the quality of manufactured products by these brands. Are they reputable and manufacture high-quality products?
- Material delivery
Check whether shipping is included in the price list or the service is provided for an additional cost. Some contractors do not involve this provision in the scope of contract services, and delivery is paid additionally.
- Cleanup services
Do workers clean up when repairs are done? A lot of industrial rubbish is accumulated during finishing work. So, it makes sense to ask about this service. Will workers clean the territory or will you have to do it yourself?
It is recommended to contact several contractors and compare the offered services. Thus, pick two or three firms, contact managers, and discuss all the above-mentioned points. Learn information about companies on the Web. Make a summary of these contractors, compare their estimates and included services, and select the most appropriate solution. What criteria do you pay attention to?