Not all Roof Cleaners are Equal
So, you’ve decided to hire a roof cleaner in Portland. Sounds easy enough, but it may not be. There are some things you should realize before you sign on the dotted line. I’d like to help you learn how to choose a reputable, reliable, and honest roof cleaner Portland.
The first thing I want to stress is that you should never automatically hire the lowest bid. They may OR may not be the best choice, but you should always get several bids. Compare them, and investigate them before making a decision. Roofing, unfortunately, has a lot of scams going on right now, and protecting yourself and your investment should be priority #1.
It is an absolute must to check all of the contractor’s licenses. Remember that in Portland, they not only need a license to do the work, but they must have a license to use certain chemicals involved in roof cleaning. Be sure all of the required permits are in place as well. The company should be licensed, insured and bonded. This is for your own protection and theirs. If you hire a company without checking for these, you are having the work done at your own risk, and it is a high risk indeed.
Check with the CCB (Construction Contractors Board). They have a website, which makes it easy to find out if a company has the correct licensing for the area. If a company is not listed there, ask why not. Of course, roof cleaning is different than construction, but many companies do both. If they are listed, it is an added bonus and should give you some security.
Have a sound contract
Again, always get several bids before accepting a contract. When reviewing the contracts, make sure they have the following information:
- Name and address of Business (and CCD number if possible)
- List of materials to be used
- Total price of job, including materials
- Clause stating any changes will be discussed before-hand with homeowner
- Detailed, itemized description of work to be done
- Signed and dated by business owner/contractor
Having this in the contract protects you from any unwanted work being done without your consent. It also gives you the proof you need, should you happen to disagree or disapprove of the work that was done. Make the contract as specific as possible. Don’t accept anything as a “given”. The contract is meant to protect you, and to outline exactly what is to be done, when, and by whom. Most contractors are honest, and hard working. But, with the many scams going around now, it is best to be safe.
It is also important to at least discuss with the contractor who will be responsible for any damages. Most reputable companies have this on their contracts, but if it isn’t there, ask why it is missing. Protect yourself first!
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