The mere idea that you need to hire a roofer can have you feeling a bit stressed. On one hand, you want to choose a good company, but on the other, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to have the work done.  You might also be wondering how to start your search. Should you hop on Craigslist? Should you search on Google? Should you query your friends, family and neighbors to ask if they have a company they like? Below are just a few of the tips you can use to hire a reputable company.

Make sure they’re licensed and insured

If we have said it once we’ve said it a thousand times. You should never, ever, hire an unlicensed / uninsured roofing company.  If you happened to see the Showtime Series Shameless, you might recall the season where Fiona bought a rental property, but she quickly learned that the roof needed some repair work.  Instead of choosing a reputable company, she picked the guy who offered her the cheapest rate. Yes, the rate came in significantly lower than the other quote she’s gotten, but the reason for this was because the guy wasn’t licensed. During the course of the job, he fell off the roof and sustained significant injuries—and it wasn’t until Fiona got slapped with a lawsuit—and learned that since he wasn’t insured, that she was on the hook to cover his medical expenses, that she realized she’d made a mistake.

Yes, Shameless is a fictional series, but the personal liability associated with hiring an unlicensed contractor is not something that was made up by the writers. If you hire an unlicensed, uninsured roofer, this could wind up happening to you.

You should also know that if you hire an unlicensed contractor, you’ll have no guarantees that the job will get done. In some cases, these “companies” will take your money and run. In other instances, they’ll start the work only to disappear halfway through, never to be seen or heard from again.  And, since they’re not licensed by the state, you won’t have a regulatory agency to turn to for help. In fact, there’s a decent chance you won’t be able to find them (or recover your money).  As we’ve said in the past, saving a few bucks on the front end of a transaction can seem like a great idea, but if they don’t complete the work, or their workmanship is shoddy, it can cost you a lot more in the long run.

For more information on how to choose a reputable roofer, call our office today to speak with an expert.