Finding the right home siding contractor can be difficult, and the consequences of picking a bad one can be significant. Some simple steps can guide this process and lead to a satisfactory outcome.
Research is the critical first step in hiring a siding installation company or contractor. First, you need to understand the job you're asking them to do. Online research can be helpful here. Which siding material you plan to use is a critical decision. Understand the pros and cons of your chosen material and be aware of any common concerns. Determine approximately how many hours this job may take, based on similar projects online. This estimate is not a hard and fast rule, but it can be used as a sanity check. If the estimate from the contractor comes back with a significantly different time frame, it may be worthwhile asking for more explanation as to the job. Investigating possible contractors is the second part of this step. Online resources again offer the best return for the time, with online forums, community groups, and general review sites all providing possible options and feedback about others' experience with those contractors.
Once you have a short list of potential contractors, it's time to contact them. In person or phone is fine; the important things here are to determine what kind of working relationship you will have with the contractor and their experience. They should be confident and informed, but they shouldn't bowl you over with jargon, dismiss you, or speak over you. A contractor who is difficult to have a conversation with isn't likely to be easy to work with. Ask about the material you've chosen, and make sure that they install that particular type of siding and have the colors available that you want. Confirm their experience with the specific type of siding, as there are different installation procedures for each, and familiarity with one type isn't necessarily good enough. Additionally, it is important to confirm that they are appropriately licensed and insured and have any appropriate certifications. Discuss the project and arrange for estimates from the ones you feel comfortable working with.
Compare Estimates and Select a Contractor
The remaining contractors should be able to provide a written estimate for you to review. This may include the approximate length of the work, the rate they will charge, and the material costs. It may also simply be a flat estimate. In general, more information is better, so a fully fleshed-out estimate is likelier to be accurate when compared to an off-the-cuff flat estimate. You should compare the various estimates and decide on a final choice. It may be helpful to ask for assistance from friends or family who have experience working with contractors to help you review the estimates.
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