10 Tips To Choose the Best Contractor

At Pete’s Builders, we value your trust, and we want to make sure you’ve got all the tools to help you choose the best contractor for your specific construction or roofing project. It’s a big deal – you’re putting your dollars and trust in a company that will be making major changes to one of your most important investments – your home. Make sure your project is successful by following these strategies to help you to choose the best contractor.

General Contractor? Roofer? What’s the Difference?

A licensed general contractor is trained and equipped to handle all of your repairs, whereas a roofing contractor can only manage your roof repair or installation. Often, if you need a roof repair or replacement, your home may have also suffered interior leaks that may require repairs to your interiors, paint, baseboards, walls, or even damage to your siding and gutters or other exteriors such as patio, screened in porches, etc. A roofing company cannot manage those repairs. A licensed general contractor can do it all, including your roof.

Is the Company Bonded, Licensed and Insured?

Make sure the company you are considering carries appropriate licensing, insurance, and installation certifications to install materials to the state building codes and regulations and manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s essential to check that the contractor carries appropriate insurance and workers’ compensation. This is crucial to ensure you’re covered in the event of a jobsite accident at your home. Request a copy of the company insurance certificates and agent contact details.  

You Get What You Pay For

Thoroughly review the company’s education, expertise and licensing. Review how many years of experience they have, areas of expertise, and any industry accreditations or professional organization memberships. Your property is important and sourcing quality workmanship is essential! Unfortunately, anyone can say they can help you with your roofing or construction project and the only way to avoid this is to ensure the company you want to work with has all the appropriate credentials. Wyoming has strict laws that govern who can be a contractor and those companies who have the necessary credentials will proudly display that on their website and marketing materials. Do your research to guarantee your chosen company has the appropriate licenses and certifications.

Do Your Research: Review the Company Website

If a company’s website doesn’t back up what they told you in person, you might wonder what kind of effort they’re going to put into your construction project.

  • Find out how long the company has been in business. This can help in your vetting process.
  • Make sure the company services are clearly listed on their website. This will help you determine the right fit for your project.  
  • Look for testimonials on their website. This is an excellent way to find out firsthand feedback from previous clients.  
  • Review the company portfolio of their work. This will help you see their breadth of knowledge, expertise, and quality workmanship.
  • Make sure the company office addresses, phone # and contact information are clearly listed.

Reputation Matters: Find Out What Others Are Saying

Check out what other people are saying. You can easily do a quick search online to find a wealth of information on the company including reviews, testimonials, and more. This will help you get a good feel of their loyalty towards their customers as well as the company’s track record of excellence.

Be Sure to Review References

It’s important to ask for references! A professional contractor will gladly provide a list of local references.    

Sorry to Eat and Run!

It’s true and it’s unethical – some roofing companies are fly-by-night operations who come into town right after a major storm hits to capitalize on the devastation. Once the demand for roofing contractors has diminished, they leave town. Be sure to do your research on the company you hire to guarantee they are a part of your local community. Will they still be around in the event you need to consult with them in the future about any roofing issues that may arise after their initial work on your home? Will they back up their workmanship? It’s a smart thing to consider, so be sure to do a little digging for information.

Options, Please.

When you choose a roofing system, you’ll naturally want it to blend well with the existing architectural style of your home. Finding a construction company that offers a variety of roofing options to choose from is critical when you consider this investment. Pete’s Builders offers a variety of roofing types, manufacturer options and warranties.

Narrow Down the Bidding Process

Once you’ve gone through the extensive list and checked off which companies meet your standards, select up to 3 contractors to submit bids on your project. Set up meetings with each and request the contractor provide a property inspection and submit a detailed estimate with scope of work, timelines, and costs. This face-time will help you make your final selection. And remember, it’s not wise to select your contractor based on price alone. Often, lower priced bids equals a lesser grade of materials or shoddy workmanship. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.

Did You Say Free?

A professional contractor will offer a free consultation and price estimate and here’s why they should . . . it’s the best way for them to get to know a potential customer and to determine their needs one-on-one. It also gives the customer a great way to gauge the company to see upfront and in person if they’re a good fit.

As a local, family owned and operated business with over 25 years of experience, Pete’s Builders is your local leader in roofing replacements, repairs and storm damage restoration.