Whether you’re the employee or the employer, you’ve likely had conversations about background checks. Most companies today, on some level, perform one on people they’re interested in hiring.
That said, background checks on tradespeople remain a gray area. Employment law makes things a little sticky when checking up on people who do work for you but aren’t your employee.
For example, if you’re hiring roofing services contractors, you typically won’t do a formal background check. You depend on other factors to help you hire the contractor to take care of your roofing project best.
To make your job easier, we’ve narrowed down the top four things to consider when you need to hire a professional roofing company. Keep this checklist handy when doing your research.
1. Hiring Roofing Services Locally Matters
When you begin researching roofing contractors, you’ll find several chains with locations across the country. While there’s nothing wrong with hiring a contractor based in another city or state, you will want to work with one that has an office in or near your location.
Ask prospective contractors for their complete physical address and contact phone number.
You should be able to contact them directly or visit their office. After all, do you want to chase down a contractor if you have questions or need help with a repair?
Use caution when considering a contractor without a physical address. They may have had past problems and re-grouped under a different name.
2. Check for License and Insurance
Some people feel uncomfortable asking about a contractor’s license and insurance. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to ask.
Licensed roofers need to prove they know the industry and handle roofing jobs safely and according to local building codes. While a business license doesn’t guarantee quality, it does show the contractor has passed a range of tests.
Insurance protects the contractor and the home or business owner.
The roofing company bears the responsibility for taking care of medical care and any other necessary compensation due to a worker’s injury. A roofer without insurance puts you at risk of liability.
3. Should You Hire the New Kid on the Block?
Every contractor has their first day on the job. Should you hire a contractor with only a few weeks of experience? Probably not!
Several years of industry experience allow a roofer to install roofs and perform yearly maintenance. You can trust that they’ve faced the gamut of roofing problems, especially those caused by your local weather conditions.
The best practice is to hire based on experience, whether you’re planning a residential job or looking for a commercial roofing contractor.
4. Do They Have Happy Clients?
Even though you may not be able to do a formal background check on roofing contractors, you can find a lot about their reputation from online customer reviews. The internet makes it relatively simple to check out what past clients say.
Happy customers give honest testimonials. You can also ask prospective contractors about the projects they’ve completed. Don’t be afraid to ask them for references.
Pay attention to the positive and the negative! Positive reviews are a good sign, but you’ll want to know how they manage complaints too.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
These certainly aren’t the only things to consider when hiring roofing services, but it’s an excellent start. We hope you feel more ready to tackle the job of hiring the ideal contractor for your roofing project.
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