Good question! It's all very well being told to get at least three estimates (some search/find contractor sites are now saying 5!!) BUT if you don't know what you're looking at or for, then you are at a loss! You have to match your estimates by what products the contractor will use for your home, eggs with eggs, not eggs with egg whites!! If one bid is significantly lower than the others, the contractor may be cutting corners or may not understand your work requirements.
The lowest price is not always the way to choose a contractor or even offer a great cash price! This, more often than not, means the contractor is not a licensed, insured or possibly qualified contractor, who you won't be able to find for any warranty work in the future! We have lost jobs in the past by our price being too high only to be called back later as the company the customer chose was "not in service" to fix leaks and/or problems that have occurred by being installed incorrectly or the wrong products being used!
That's where a trusted and vetted contractor comes in.
A contractor is a company or person that you hire to provide materials and labour to complete a job. Some contractors focus on a specific type of project, like plumbing or tiling or painting, while others will work on any project. For larger projects, a general contractor may also serve as a project manager working with other vendors to get all the work done.
We at Homeguard focus on Gutters, Roofing, Facias, Soffits, Siding, Decks & Maintenance programs for the entire envelope of your home, whether new or old! We work with the best vendors around to get the best quality and price for your project, large or small.
Hiring a reliable and trustworthy contractor is one of the most critical steps for your project. Hire the right one, and you can relax knowing that your project is in good hands. Hire the wrong one, and you could be facing a wide range of problems, from unfinished work to being sued if workers aren't paid.
Here are some tips for hiring a Contractor: · Search for a contractor's Business Profile at BBB.org for free information on their history of complaints, read verified Customer Reviews, and see if they are an Accredited Business. B.B.B. Accredited Businesses make a commitment to uphold B.B.B.'s accreditation standards, including building trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honour their promises, be responsive to their customers, safeguard the privacy and embody integrity. Also, search for the name of the company online along with "Complaint," "Review," or "Scam" to find different results. Homeguard is A+ accredited!
Check out their website where you should be able to view their gallery showing work that they have carried out. If possible, inspect the contractor's work yourself.
Get it in writing. Always get estimates in writing and never let any work begin without a written and signed contract. We never pressure anyone into signing an agreement before you are ready and always make sure that you have read and understood everything before signing. Homeguard's contract includes contact information, a detailed description of the exact work to be done, with the chosen material that is right for your project, payment arrangements, and warranty information. We always are responsible for clean-up and provide bins when needed. We always try our best to leave the work site better than when we arrived! Homeguard encourages you to ask questions if you do not understand any part of the contract. We at Homeguard will work with you to ensure we have all your project details correct and explained to you in full.
Verify license and insurance. Always be sure that the company you decide to work with has the necessary licenses and insurance to work in your region. Homeguard has 5million liability insurance, W.C.B. registered and is licensed to work in the lower mainland.
Think about future service issues. Make sure you are aware of your warranty coverage and how to deal with service issues. Homeguard's team has been in business for over 15 years; we will be here when you need us!
Different contractors for different material installation. Contractors may be certified to install specific types of material. Homeguard is a certified preferred installer for many systems. We also can offer a 50-year warranty for many roofing products.
Homeguard Roofing & Renovations sends you a unique customer web page that shows you your proposal and costs, possible dates for the project, pictures if required, all our warranty information, what to expect from us, payment requirements, as well as finance options to help you afford your project. You can accept our proposal online as well as pay deposits and balance with Debit, E-transfer, Amex, Visa, M/C. Once we have completed your project, we will send you a fully paid receipt so you can keep all your information to hand for warranty details.