Hello, nice to see you, thank you for checking out our article on the easiest way to find a great local roofer in Saskatoon, first a little disclaimer to set the mood moving forward. We are going to show you the “way” however we can’t tell you which local roofer in Saskatoon to hire so you will need to put in a little effort on your end but we can promise if you apply the tips we are covering you shouldn’t experience much resistance, still with us? Good otherwise this text would be “talking” to no one and that would just be awkward J
Steps You Need to Follow When Searching for Local Roofers in Saskatoon
The best place to begin the search for a local roofer no matter where you live is online so go to your preferred search engine and type in local roofer Saskatoon to find out the names of all the firms that do roofing in Saskatoon. Now you may be tempted to hire a freelancing individual but we will cover the reasons why you should not in a few moments so back to the list of local roofing professionals. There is a screening process you can follow that will help you identify the local roofer that should meet all of your needs but you have to be patient with this step if you want to have a good experience.
- Find out whether the roofer has the necessary licenses and insurance. There should be an area of their website that you can find out whether their license is current and if they carry liability insurance. Working on a roof is dangerous and if the roofer or their employees fell off you would want them to be protected by the roofers’ liability insurance. If they did not have insurance, then your property insurance could be forced to pay and they will not because you chose to hire an uninsured contractor. By making sure the local roofers have adequate insurance you are protecting yourself from future financial hardship. If they are licensed, they should be up to date with the current building requirements so your roof is installed up to code.
- When asking the local roofer to come over and provide you with a free estimate on what the job will cost you should take a look at how professional they look. You shouldn’t expect someone in a suit and tie but they should be clean and properly groomed. How knowledgeable do they seem? If they do not seem knowledgeable then they are probably not a good choice. When you receive the written estimate you should not make the decision to hire them right away but give it some time, ask yourself whether you trust the local roofer or not. Usually your first instinct is the right one when dealing with a person so if you have a bad feeling remove that local roofer from your list of prospects.
- While looking over the quotes that are being provided you should pay close attention to the cost of roofing materials. What some local roofers do is jack up the cost of the materials to boost their profits which is nothing wrong with it provided they are transparent. Look for the local roofer that has a good balance of pricing and experience.
- The last thing you will need to look at before you can pull the trigger and hire the local roofer is finding out what kind of customer satisfaction track record they have. To do this you should look on the Better Business Bureau and similar consumer advocate websites to find out whether the local roofer is consistent.
Reasons You Should Not Hire a Freelance Roofer
Canadians are do it yourselfers by nature and when there is a major job to do like roofing they want to find the lowest cost option, that’s human nature. While you may be tempted to jump on Kijiji or Craiglist, to find someone to do the roofing work for you there are a few potential yet significant pitfalls to be cognizant (fancy word for aware). If you don’t pay attention it could lead to major financial and legal headaches later on.
- Freelancing roofers can charge a lower hourly rate because they do not have the overhead that an actual contractor has however this lower price is not always a bargain. Is the freelancer treating this as a sideline job while he works his/her “day job”? If they are not taking this type f work seriously then what are the odds they will do a good job? Even if it is a friend of yours when money is involved you always want to make sure the person is taking the task seriously.
- What would happen if the roofer hurt themselves while on your property? It could happen and if the injury is serious they could become disabled or even die. The legal system is tricky and it could come out that you would be responsible for the costs associated with the injury or death. Your property insurance will not protect you in these circumstances because you hired an unlicensed individual so all that money you thought you were saving could come back to haunt you.
- There is no guarantee of quality work. With a conventional local roofer if they do a bad job their reputation will suffer and they won’t be able to get repeat customers. The freelancer doesn’t have this incentive to do a good job, they could simply take your deposit and run with it leaving you little to no legal recourse.
We have covered the reasons why you should hire a local roofer in Saskatoon and the steps to follow, now you have to do the research yourself but it won’t take long to complete so start doing it now.