I have written a lot about local communicates and about local business owners, and more importantly doing business with those local professionals, but I wanted to clarify that you always want to make sure you check if these people are actually local. I know there are many roofing contractors who are not local and who will stroll into town once a storm comes to simply get jobs, especially if it is a bad storm. You want to make sure that you are choosing the right local roofing contractor for your roofing project.
Always ask and check to see their license plates, because there have been many roofing contractors come in from out of town. Make sure they show you their license to roof, and their insurance papers to make sure. There are times where I have had customers go as far as to ask about local things going on in town just to make sure they are familiar with the area. As terrible as it is there are people out there who will take advantage of homeowners, and so just as in the Real estate world, “Buyer Beware.
Local roofing contractors are not hard to come by, but the best local roofing contractors might be. You want to make sure that you have a qualifying process in place to get the right one for your home regardless of how small the job is.
Connect with local native’s in the area to see who they suggest to come to your home. Try not to take people’s words for it, especially if you see a “handyman” with nice new tools show up to your doorstep, and ask if he can work on your home. Check the better business bureau to make sure that what is on their cards, truck, and uniform if they have one is actually true.
Remember to treat this project like it is worth $20k, because it can truly add that much money to your bottom-line once you get ready to sell it, and make sure that the local roofing contractor that you hire is aware of that very fact. Once you find that one that blows your hair back, make sure they communicate with you throughout the completion of the project because you always want to know what is going. Shoot, ask to see if you can get on the roof with them, because that is just good fun. If you are afraid of heights, then you will just have to take their word for it.