Fortunately for most homeowners they don’t have to hire a roofing contractor or restoration contractor in Billings to make repairs on their home very often, but when you do find yourself in need of one of these professionals it’s important that you hire only the best. Here are four things that should be a red flag if you hear your contractor say them, and should warrant a further look into whether you really want to be working with them.
“I need full payment up front.”
If your contractor is demanding that you pay the entire bill for restoration services in Billings before any work has even been done, this could be a sign that they are either going to take your money and run (without providing any work at all), or they are not a very fiscally sound company and the contractor needs your money to purchase supplies and pay subcontractors. In either case, it’s best to work with companies that either require only a small deposit or don’t require any payment until the agreed-upon work is done.
“We don’t need to sign a contract.”
Another red flag is a contractor who tells you there is no need for a written contract. Before anyone starts any work or you make any payments, make sure all the details of the scope of work are clearly defined in writing, and signed by both parties. The contract should also specify the timeline for completion and what will happen if the contractor runs into unexpected expenses or cost overruns during the process.
“I don’t carry insurance, my team is just really careful.”
Insurance coverage—both general liability and worker’s compensation—are an essential requirement for any restoration contractor in Billings. Even the most careful and safe teams occasionally have accidents or cause damage to your property or the area around your home. When this happens, you don’t want to be liable to cover these costs, and insurance coverage ensures that you won’t be.
“We don’t have a local address.”
Contractors that come in from out of town to provide restoration work in Billings following a storm are often there just to drum up some quick business, and may not provide you with quality work or with all the work you hire them to complete. Instead it’s best to work with a local company with a Billings, MT address and phone number so you know they will be around if you need them in the future.