Exterior improvements to your home aren’t typically DIY projects. If you need a roof repair or replacement, new siding, or new windows, you’ll need to hire a contractor to perform the work. Here are four important things your contractor thinks you should know.
- Hiring the lowest bidder may not be the best decision. “It’s understandable that homeowners want to save money, and sometimes they choose the contractor who submits the lowest bid,” said Rhett Wilborn, contractor with Innovative Home Concepts, Inc. “It’s important to understand what’s included in each bid, because if one bid is substantially lower than the others, there are probably repair items or other costs missing in the bid.”
- Trust your contractor to know what he or she is doing. “We’ve seen situations where a homeowner intervenes in a project, thinking they know better than the contractor regarding their home’s project,” added Wilborn. “This adds time and money to the job, and the installers who are doing the work may get frustrated when they’re told to do something different than what their boss directed them to do. It’s best to trust the contractor to complete the project correctly and efficiently.”
- Scheduling requires flexibility, as outdoor projects depend heavily on the weather. “We keep our customers updated regarding rain days that may push our schedule back a bit,” said Wilborn. “Sometimes unforeseen issues come up that need to be addressed. It’s best to be patient and understand that the weather sometimes requires schedule changes that we can’t control.”
- It’s always best to go with a local contractor. “Our customers appreciate that they know where we’re located, they can reach us whenever they need to, and we can offer references so potential customers can see our work,” said Wilborn. “We also like to direct people to our website, which features video testimonials and google reviews.” For more information, please contact: