Pueblo Colorado: Hail Storm information

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Canon Land & Investment

Pueblo, Co had a late season storm which produced large and damaging hail. Many homeowners have not yet had a chance to get their roofs repaired. Here are some things homeowners should know before signing a contract.

First call local supply companies or building departments and ask for references. They know which companies can be trusted and which ones should be avoided. Never work with a contractor who wants you to pull a permit for them. This most likely means they are not licensed in the area or have had some problems with the building department. If they ask for money up front be suspicious, but smart. Some smaller companies have been taken by homeowners and want to make sure they get a true commitment before scheduling or want the money to make sure they aren't left covering a material bill and without getting paid. One way to satisfy both you and the contractor in this instance is to pay for the material yourself and have him supply labor only. This is a good idea under many circumstances, it makes sure that no liens may be filed against your property if your contractor finishes the job but doesn't pay his material bill. The contractor may still be able to file liens on your property if he finishes the job and you don't pay him, but you know the material costs were taken care of. It is not always better to go with the biggest and best known companies in town, they often times have more jobs than their regular crews can handle and will hire unfamiliar crews to get the jobs done, planning on going back and fixing problems later if necessary.

Local companies rely on their reputation to stay in business, so research the firm you decide to go with and make sure they are in good standing with both the building department and the local suppliers.

 

Written by Pam Simmons

For more information or to contact Pam Simmons @ Allied Building Supply 719 560-0401

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Irina Netchaev
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Dena, great pointers.  Here in Pasadena CA we rarely see hail, but when we do, it's quite shocking. 
Feb 11, 2008 07:10 PM #1
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Dena, very well put and great advice.

But I never heard of a hail storm causing that kind of damage.  WOW, I guess we are lucky around here that we do not see that kind of damage from the hail storms we have. 

Feb 11, 2008 08:04 PM #2
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Laura Cerrano
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Dean, We get hail but I don't believe it's anything like it is there or it's rare.  This is good information to put out.
Feb 11, 2008 09:22 PM #3
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Always keep a old phone book and when you are in need of a contractor check to see if they are still in the recent phone book. At least you know you are starting the process with a experienced contractor. Roofers are a dime a dozen. Keep your business local and avoid the contractors that are in town just for the hail. Your local companies spend money on running a legitimate company . Out of towners rent an office and 6 months later they are long gone. Guess who fixes all the shoddy work and unforeseen problems during your no good warranty that they promised?  Local Roofers

Apr 29, 2008 10:49 AM #4
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Great advice on finding a roofer, another great way is to call a local supply company (not big box store) and ask for references, most will only give out names of contractors that have been around a long time and are paying their bills, the plus to contacting a supplier is they have names of great smaller contractors that only work by referral and never advertise, many times these guys take much more pride in their workmanship and the owner is actually on the jobsite making sure that the quality is there. Some of the larger local companies who have been around a long time will still hire anyone who can swing a hammer with the theory "get the jobs done, fix problems later"
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

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