Contractors you hire to remodel your home should be good at what they do. They should be able to provide not only the best in services but the highest quality products as well. Choosing a contractor to make improvements on your home is very important, so how do you know which contractor you should hire for the job? Which would is going to do the best for what you need to have done, and you can feel confident working with them in the end? There are considerations you should take into account when choosing a MN residential building contractor for home improvements in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. This is especially important if you're hiring a roofing company, because replacing your roof is a major expense, and it's also one of the most important features in protecting your home.
- Check sources before hiring anyone. You want to find a roofing contractor through reliable sources. Word of mouth referrals by neighbors, friends and family work well, along with checking the Better Business Bureau. Angie's List is also a trusted source, as is Home Advisor (both companies vet their listings). By selecting a trusted contractor from these lists, you can feel much more comfortable using them.
- Check their licenses and insurance qualifications as well as manufacturer and industry certifications. You want someone that is a professional and has the documentation to prove it. In order to be a residential building contractor in Minnesota, both are required. And some communities have license requirements as well. You can verify a contractor's license through the the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (click here). A licensed and insured contractor means you're covered if problems come up. Certification by a manufacturer or an industry group generally means they've demonstrated a level of expertise. Don't just trust a badge on a website - you can verify those certifications.
- Ask them for references, and make sure to contact those references. You want to speak to real people that have worked with them in the past. You can then get an idea of what they thought of their services over trusting websites.
- Always opt for a full on contract with them rather than a verbal agreement. You want something that stands strong against the work that is done. The only way you can prove they were supposed to do something, how much you owe and how much you’ve already paid them is with the contract. Contracts should spell out what's to be done, materials to be used, payment schedule, etc.
- Ask for a roof evaluation from them. At times, you can find companies that provide these for free instead of having to pay for a full inspection.