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Buyer Beware

Honesty

Choosing a roofing company can be difficult and there are a few reasons for this.

There is an overwhelming amount of information out there and the typical customer isn’t educated on all the ins and outs of roofing materials and the general industry. And even though there are many honorable businesses that have integrity and will be honest in their dealings with you, there are also many companies that are not looking out for your best interest and will try to get as much money out of the innocent customer as they can. These companies are dangerous to deal with.

Also, most companies look, talk and act exactly the same. There is little to nothing that differentiates one roofer from the next… which puts you at an even further disadvantage.

But when a storm hits and you have a limited amount of time to act and get your roof taken care of, you lose much needed time to educate yourself. Now you have to make a choice and a quick one. So, take 5 minutes out of your day and continue reading; this  information could save you anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

A Desperate Salesman is Not to Be Trusted

In today’s tough economy, companies have been forced to become more creative in their processes of getting business. Not all of these tactics are honest. If you get a knock at your door from someone that you did NOT call for a bid, you are most likely dealing with a desperate salesman. His pitch is simple and can seem very appealing:

“I will beat any price.”

Is his pitch realistic? No. He has absolutely no way to honestly say that he could beat any price, and the fact that he is saying this means that he will do anything, resort to anything and stoop to the lowest of levels to get business from you. What you have to ask yourself is if you are comfortable with this. Ask the questions below to find out.

What To Ask:

“Are you an established contractor?” 

 If the answer is no, ask “Are you a licensed contractor?”

 If this answer is also no, ask “Do you have proper insurance?”

 “Do you have a permanent place of business?” 

“Is there someone I can call when I have questions or need something?”

 “If you’re not established, do you have the financial backing to pay the supplier?”

What This Means:

If he is not an established contractor, his employees will not be manufacturer certified.

If he is not an established contractor, he will not have information about:

  • The current roofing trends; and
  • The best products and techniques to use depending on the project.

This can compromise the job quality on any and all projects that this salesperson is associated with, including yours. The bottom line is, even if you could save a little bit of money upfront with this guy, it could cost you a couple hundred to a couple thousand more in the long run. A desperate contractor will cut corners on products, on technique, on the people he uses to do the work and on many other things. He has no choice but to do so because of how low his bid is, so he will do anything and everything he can to put as much money in his pocket as possible.

This information will give you a head start and a leg up on the contractors out there who are less than honorable. If you would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to download our free brochure “To The Point Questions To Ask Your Contractor” or contact us with any questions you may have, whether you do business with us or not, we are always here to help you make the best decision.


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