How can I find a good roofer? What’s the best way to choose an insulation contractor? The process of hiring a contractor can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to start.
You’re about to make a very important decision about your home so you need all the relevant information at your disposal. With this in mind, Atticare presents the definitive hiring a contractor checklist.
Before starting on anything in your home, make sure the company has an appropriate license.
California Licensing For Roofers And Insulation Contractors
The California General Contractor Type B license includes the right to conduct roofing work.
However, residential insulation contractors in Los Angeles or San Francisco must also have an up-to-date C-2 license. Don’t accept any California HVAC contractors or attic insulation installers with just a B license, because it doesn’t cover insulation.
Finally, the California C-20 license grants the holder the right to conduct heating, ventilation and air conditioning work.
New Jersey Licensing For Roofers And Insulation Contractors
In New Jersey, contractors need to be registered with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Check their license verification section and look for the Home Improvement Contractor License. This covers everything you need from roofing to insulation.
When choosing a roofing contractor, it’s vital to make sure they’re insured with a general liability policy.
If residential insulation contractors or roofers don’t have general liability insurance, you would be liable for the costs of any accidental damage to your home. And if they don’t have worker’s comp insurance they could sue you if they suffered an injury on your premises.
Before hiring a contractor, ask to see proof of both general liability insurance and worker’s comp insurance.
Any reputable roofing company or attic services company will be proud to show off their certificates, Atticare certainly is.
When you choose an insulation contractor for example, you should beware of those that shrug off the benefits of certification. This is because certification really separates the OK from the excellent.
Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert Certification
At Atticare, we’re proud to hold the Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert certificate. This certificate is only awarded to elite contractors who meet Owens Corning’s high standards for work carried out. It includes helping customers save energy as well as control noise at home.
For homeowners, choosing a roofing contractor or insulation contractor who holds the Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert certificate is great insurance for the future, too. It means that the insulation itself comes with an impressive warranty and so does the installation work.
Get A Free Inspection To Check Them Out
Any good contractor should be happy to inspect your property free of charge. After all, we need to measure the space and plan what specialized equipment we’ll need to bring for the job.
When considering hiring a contractor you’ll be able to tell a lot from the free inspection. The Atticare team is personable, knowledgeable, and happy to answer any questions you have about your project.
During the free inspection the contractors should never pressurize you into anything you don’t want. If a contractor does this, it’s a sure sign they aren’t a good choice.
Verified Online Reviews
One of our best tips for hiring a roofing contractor or insulation specialist is simply to check various review sites. It’s a short time well spent to be sure you’re about to make a sensible choice.
Of course, check Google and Yelp, and we highly recommend Diamond Certified and Nextdoor for contractors.
Diamond Certified is in a league of its own for verifying online reviews. Their staff call customers directly to get their honest feedback, so the reviews are impossible for any company to control themselves.
In the case of Atticare, Diamond Certified has called hundreds of our happy customers over a period of several years. And the results? See for yourself here, we’re confident you’ll be impressed.
Another review site that we particularly recommend before hiring a contractor is Nextdoor, which is all about local businesses. After all, you probably care more about reviews from people in your local area when you’re choosing a roofing contractor or insulation contractor.
There’s a simple “recommendations” counter so you can see at a glance how many people in your local area recommend the company.
Hiring A Contractor That’s Local
A reputable roofing company or insulation company with experience in your local area is the best choice for your home.
In the case of Atticare, we know the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and New Jersey inside out. For one thing, we’re familiar with the climate conditions in each area, which is essential for roof and attic work. Our team also knows about and fully complies with the legal requirements in each location.
If you call in contractors from further away you risk getting a roof or insulation job that doesn’t quite fit with what you need.
Experience When Hiring A Contractor
Carrying out top-quality, lasting work on roofs and attics is harder than most people realize. Just consider the following points.
- Roofs and attics have to keep pests and moisture out while being perfectly ventilated.
- There are a number of different types of roofs, attics, and HVAC systems to learn about so that you can be sure you’re recommending the best course of action.
- If anything is done incorrectly it can throw a wrench in the works of the whole project.
Like anything, the more you do something, the better you get. Make sure that you choose an insulation contractor or roofing contractor like Atticare with years of experience.
Hiring A Contractor In The San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and New Jersey? Call Atticare Today
Atticare is the most sensible choice you can make whether you need roofing contractors, a rodent proofing team or residential insulation contractors.
We’re fully licensed and insured with years of experience so you know your home will be in the best hands. Get in touch today at (866) 450-3981 or write to us here.