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Vetting A Roofing Contractor: Three Things You Absolutely Should Do

by Sara Cook

The process of "vetting" means that you verify everything possible about a person before you hire them. Hiring a roofing contractor often makes people feel safe because they think that anyone claiming to be a roofing contractor knows what he/she is doing and is licensed to do it. That is a false sense of security if you are not vetting a contractor you want to hire. In fact, good contractors expect you to "vet" them and are often surprised when you do not. If you are looking to hire a roofer now, here are three things you absolutely should do to "vet" a roofer you want to hire. 

Do Not Just Get References- Check Them!

You can get all the references you want from a contractor, but if you are not checking those references, you are not doing your job as a consumer. Get references from a contractor, specifically customers who have something good to say about the contractor's work. You might find that someone who has something not-so-nice to say, but that may help with your hiring decisions as well. Check all the references you are given. 

Ask to See a Current License

Ask to see the roofer's license. Then jot down the license number and check it against the state's contractor licensing board to verify that it is a valid license and that it is current. There are some handymen (and women) out there that will tell you they have a license, not show it to you, and then use the funds you give them for a job to renew their license or get a license so that if you ask about it, they can show it to you and it will be current. These per diem licenses, so named because a handy-person acquires them after he/she has secured the job, are dangerous to both the consumer and to the supposed contractor. Ask a roofer for his/her current license and check it out.

Ask to See Proof of Professional Insurance

The last thing you want is to hire a contractor that is not insured and find yourself sued for injuries. It is rare, but it does happen, and it should not because the contractor should be carrying his/her own license in the event of an injury to him/herself and/or a member of the work detail crew. Ask to see proof of professional insurance, and check the date on the insurance card or cards, depending on what types of insurance the contractor purchases. 

Keep these tips in mind as you check out local roofing companies like Toth Roofing