Choosing Your Siding Contractor
Once you have decided on the siding job you have on hand, the next step is hiring the right contractor for the job. The following tips will help you find the perfect contractor for your job.
Contractors assume serious responsibilities from the broad scope of your project to potentially impending liabilities. Therefore, you should consider various aspects listed below while choosing your contractor.
House Siding Insurance
If your siding contractor does not have adequate and appropriate insurance, you could be inviting financial and physical problems. There are attendant risks while executing a siding job and without insurance, you as the homeowner can be responsible for any potential issues that may come up.
Property damage insurance, liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance are among the major insurance covers that your contractor must-have.
Physically check and ensure that the insurance cover is valid and adequate.
Licensing of your Siding Contractor
Licensing regulations apply in every city and your contractor should provide proof that he is a licensed contractor and that the license is valid.
If the contractor is not licensed, you may face problems in getting proper permits to get the job done and may invite legal problems.
Licensing also establishes that the contractor has proven competence in the job and has passed the stipulated examinations.
Work History and Reviews
Work history and reviews help in understanding the past works executed by the siding company. You can also speak to past customers to learn about the competence and overall conduct of the contractor before entrusting your work to him.
Finding a contractor who has expertise in the type of siding job that you are seeking to get done is the way to go.
Siding Project Cost
Your project cost will include labor charges, material costs, the contractor’s margin, and other incidentals. He should be able to provide a fair estimate of these costs and stay closer to your overall financial liability for the job.
Ideally, you should get all the details of costs written and signed by the contractor including who pays for any surprise expenses.
You should also get multiple quotes and compare them carefully item by item. Ideally, while a competitive price is important to you, you should also know that very low pricing can potentially translate to a poor job.
Your siding contractor should provide a payment plan linked to different stages of execution.
You should never agree to pay 100% of the project cost upfront. Staggered payments ensure that you are always on the safe side of things. A decent upfront advance of about 30% may be essential for the contractor to organize men and materials for your job. But, the balance payment should follow an agreed-upon plan, including the final payment.
Warranties for Workmanship and Siding Materials
Finally, you should also ensure that all warranties for siding material as well as workmanship provided are in place including for input materials like starter strips and corner posts.
Rarely though, some products can turn defective post-installation and warranties will help in protecting your investment. Having siding expert and experienced professionals installing your siding will ensure that your warranties remain intact.
Read Your Contract Thoroughly
Before signing on the dotted lines, you should ensure that every word in the contract is read and understood.
Your contract should be signed by both parties before the commencement of the work and have a start date and project completion date.