Siding is available in a number of different materials and brands, from vinyl to concrete, wood and aluminum. A siding installation contractor is a specialist that knows the specifics on how to handle each different type. You’ll find a lot of companies that offer Virginia siding installation, but not as many that truly know what they’re doing.
How can you find those treasured expert installers amidst the selection of others? By avoiding these top five mistakes that homeowners commonly make that may leave them with a substandard product and/or installation.
1) Getting Less Than Three Estimates
You may have an iron clad referral from a trusted friend, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting at least three estimates from different Virginia Siding installers. Not only will this allow you to better compare the professionalism of each company, overall price and the level of pre-sale service, but having a three estimate minimum will stop you from making impulsive decisions about who to hire.
2) Not Checking the References of Contractors In the Running
When you’ve narrowed down the playing field and think you have a winner, be sure to ask for references that include past customers you can speak directly to. Once you have those names, by all means call them. Visit the house and have a close look at the siding installation job, if at all possible. This is the only way you can truly get a sense of what to expect from this contractor.
3) Not Checking For Local Licensing and Insurance Coverage
You’ve likely called local contractors, but it’s worth checking to be sure that the contractor you’re interested in is licensed to work in your area. Find out if they are a member of any local builder’s associations or BBB chapters. It’s also a good idea to get the name of their insurance company, just to make sure they are covered by a local agent that’s close at hand should anything go wrong.
4) Falling For Offers to “Install At Cost”
It’s commonly seen after a natural disaster has caused widespread damage, but fly by night contractors are always roaming around looking for a few homeowners to hook. If a deal sounds too good to be true it probably is and you’re best to avoid it.
Often these cheaper than the industry average companies ask for a sizeable deposit or payment in full up front, which should be an immediate red flag to homeowners. A deposit is normal, but paying more than half of the total price before any work is done is not necessary.
5) Not Asking For a Lien Waiver When All is Said and Done
Because of the job’s size, your siding installer may put a lien on the contract from the beginning to protect his/her investment in the labor and materials of the job. After completion that lien is waived to remove it from your home and close the job off completely. Some homeowners forget to have that final step done and end up with a hassle when time comes to sell. It’s a small step, but one that causes major headaches if it gets missed.
Hiring the right Virginia siding installation contractor can be a longer than expected process. But you’ll be much happier with the final result when you take the time to find the best siding industry expert around.