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