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Roofing Contracts: Four Things That Turn a Stressful Situation Into a Winning Strategy

By Hanna Callaway

September 12, 2023

I remember it like it was yesterday, when we signed for our first home. It felt like such a grown up decision, a sobering reality check into this new world of #adulting. We were talking about starting a family, and it all felt a little surreal.

Looking back, I wish we would have known more about homeownership. Making decisions when something unexpected happens or making upgrades can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to be smart with your money.

Here are four things that you need to consider for your next exterior project before entering into an agreement with a contractor.

1. Scope of Work

If your contract does not clearly outline the entire scope or project-that’s a red flag. Don’t feel bad about asking questions, clarifying each step and the materials that are used. Your contract should be clear, and everything should be documented. This protects YOU and provides a clear line of communication between the contractor and you.

2. Materials

Speaking of materials, this one is important! Have your contractor go over the materials and change orders. Ask what you should expect if there is additional damage not initially found in the first inspection. What about change orders? Don’t be caught off guard, and make sure your contract is clear when it comes to materials. 

3. Warranties and Financing

Every smart homeowner should be asking about these! Warranties will give your peace of mind so that your home is covered for years after the project is complete.

Ask your contractor about warranties on materials used and labor being performed. Ask your exterior specialist if they offer financing to help you manage your investment. (Ask us! We do!)

4. Compare Your Contracts

Seriously, get a few bids! Did the Exterior Specialist check out your attic? Did they actually climb onto the roof? What’s NOT in their contracts? It may be surprising to find what a company won’t put in their contracts, and what you’re liable for. 

When you’re considering your next upgrade, or faced with an unplanned emergency — these four things can provide you with confidence as you interact with companies you may want to work with.

At Boss, our mission is to make everyone a happy homeowner. Click here to learn how you can join the #happyhomeownersclub with Boss Exteriors!

Hanna Callaway

About the author

Gabe and Hanna Callaway are native Oregonians, love to hike the great outdoors with their daughters and are currently on the hunt to find the best burgers on date night.

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