A few weeks ago, we posted an article about the pain and cost a contractor or homeowner will ultimately have to bear when dealing with inexperienced and/or incompetent sub-contractors. This begs the question, how does one go about appointing the right roofing contractor?
Roux Malherbe, LCP Roofing Sales Representative, weighs in:
1. Look at how the quotation is done
The quotation alone will show you what type of company you are dealing with. If your quote is a hand-written note on a piece of paper, that’s a loud and clear cue to keep on looking. A professional company will supply you with a professional quotation. The opposite is also true.
2. Meet the contractor to discuss the quotation
It’s easy and commonplace to choose the cheapest quote we are presented with and by way of telephonic confirmation, the contractor is appointed. Do yourself a favour and take the time to meet the contractor in person and go through the quotation to discuss matters that might be unclear to you. Ask any and all questions you may have. This will go a long way in avoiding expensive misunderstandings and miscommunication further down the line.
3. Get references for your shortlisted candidates
Once you have sifted through your quotes and possibly met with a few potential contractors, get references from the shortlisted candidates. Company websites often tell a story, but they can also be manipulated to tell a skewed story. Ask for names and contact information of clients the contractor has previously contracted with or serviced and make the effort to contact them.
4. Where does the contractor operate from?
It’s also a good idea to look at the factory or premises the contractor works from. This will tell a very important story. If the company has pride in their work, their premises will reflect that. In some cases, if you are unwittingly dealing with a middle man that pretends to do the work, this will also come to light. You can insist to meet at their offices.
5. Professional association
Lastly, all or most professions or sectors in the building industry are governed by a professional body. See that the contractor you are looking to deal with has the correct and required accreditation with his specific sector governing body and is in good standing with them. It is, after all, this body that needs to ensure industry standards and requirements are seen to with all their members.
For more information, visit www.lcproofing.co.za. You’re welcome to drop us a line with any questions or comments you may have.