When you need roof repairs fast, you don’t always have time to carefully review multiple estimates and take your time choosing a contractor. You need to know you’re getting a good value without compromising on quality. How do you go about choosing between estimates when you’re short on time?
Assessing estimates quickly isn’t very hard, but you don’t want to just jump at the lowest price, especially if it is drastically lower than the others. A price that is dramatically lower than its competitors could be cause for suspicion. However, you do want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.
The best thing to do is to look over the references and choose the company that you feel most comfortable with. A good contractor will have a good attitude and be willing to work with you to meet your needs for a fair price. Avoid contractors who seem disinterested or unwilling to give you the information you require to make your decision. A good contractor will be more than willing to give you multiple references and examples of previously completed projects.
Ask your prospective contractors for references, and call them. Speak with previous clients and ask, “Would you hire this contractor again?” That’s the quickest way to get an idea of a company’s credibility. If the previous clients seem happy and satisfied, then you can reasonably expect that your experience will be a good one.
No matter how desperately your roof needs repair, you can’t take chances with bad contractors. Make sure the contractors are licensed and have good reputations. The experiences of previous clients is the best indication of your potential satisfaction.