Always vet prospective siding contractors before hiring them. In addition to the usual qualifications of a professional contractor (e.g. proof of workers’ insurance, license, etc.), it would be a good idea to do a bit of research about major red flags you need to keep an eye out for, including the following:
The Lack of a Significant Web Presence
Online reviews should give you a good idea of the level of service you can expect from a siding contractor. Keep in mind that a few negative reviews aren’t necessarily a red flag. After all, miscommunication can happen even in the best of times. But if there are no reviews about a contractor, or they don’t even have a website where they can showcase their portfolio, you might want to keep looking for other contractors. In this day and age, there’s just no excuse for not having a web presence.
Aggressive Sales Tactics
The use of aggressive sales tactics to quickly close a sale is always a red flag. Professional siding contractors would need to visit and inspect your home’s exterior before making any recommendations. Afterwards, they would take the time to explain the benefits of certain siding materials to give you options. If a contractor is pressuring you to buy a particular type of siding without even inspecting your home or explaining to you its benefits, it’s likely that the person’s main focus is making a profit, not helping their customers.
A Quote That’s Too Good to Be True
Siding contractors would usually provide a quote or estimate as part of their proposal. However, if the estimate is too good to be true, then it probably is. It’s highly likely that the contractor cut corners to offer such a low estimate.
One more thing: a siding or any home improvement project for that matter is essentially a collaboration between you and your contractor. That’s why it’s important to hire a siding contractor you can trust.
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