If you’re going to hire a contractor to replace the roof on your home, you’ll likely be talking to more than one. Each contractor will give you a different price, sometimes much higher or lower than the others. To make things worse they will all use different verbage too.
So how do you compare their bids with each other? How do you know you’re comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges?
One of the most common things we see is homeowner’s receiving incomplete bids that aren’t as thorough as they need to be to ensure a job well done. There’s a lot of room left for interpretation, which never turns up in the favor of you, the client.
Unfortunately we don’t live in a hand-shake society anymore, you (the homeowner) must make sure you’re protected and all items are plainly laid out. You can’t just assume you’re getting what you hope you’ll get.
The best way I can talk about this is to give an example. We recently gave a guaranteed price to one of our clients who got another price from another company. I’m going to attach the estimate they gave and share what we shared with him -that items were missing and may either be left out or added in after the fact and the price raised.
- Tear off existing roof (1 layer) and haul away
- Apply Ice/watershield to all eaves
- Apply heavyweight felt paper
- Install new colored edge metal trim
- Install colored vents
- Install new plumbing seals
- Install lifetime laminated shingle using 1 1/4 nails
- Clean job site of all roofing debris
- 15 year workmanship warranty
- If needed to be sheeted an additional $3,900 plus tax
If you get 3 bids there’s a good change 2 or all 3 will look very similar to this.
So what’s missing? We compared our contract with the estimate and came up with these 21 items that aren’t talked about or are left out.
That’s one of the reasons we use a full 5-page written and detailed contract that shows exactly what you will get when we replace your roof. We also provide a guaranteed price instead of an “estimate” that is subject to change. So you know what you’ll be paying before we ever start.No related links found