Tis the season for outdoor home improvement, are you ready for a new roof? If yes, be aware of these 5 common roofing scams:
The “elevator ride” – be careful of contractors who come in with a very low bid. They realize that you may not be experienced in hiring for a roof replacement and after starting the job, unexpected costs and unforeseen problems suddenly appear. Make sure the roofing contract contains a section that lists the total cost of labor plus materials, as well as how the contractor will handle damage to the roof’s decking.
High pressure sales – be aware that if a contractor is pressuring you to sign a contract right away, they probably are presenting a higher bid and want to force the contract before you have the chance to get other bids. Make sure not to put any money down on the project before starting. Beware of a roofer who requires “both decision makers” to be present for the consultation and if for any reason you feel uncomfortable, ask them to leave.
Storm chasers – also known as roofing gypsies. They follow the heavy storms, areas hit be hail or wind damage looking for unsuspecting homeowners. Storm chasers generally do the minimum to replace a roof and usually won’t address any other problem or restore the roof to its original condition. Ask to see proof of insurance, check license status with the local building department or licensing agency. You might also visit their office, if they only provide a PO box, that is a red flag.
Door-to-door salesman – they will target senior citizens, older homes or areas where a major storm has hit. They generally will offer a free inspection and create damage to the roof or show photos from a different roof to get the job.
Disappearing down payment – the company may ask for a deposit or convince the homeowner to sign over or cash an insurance check as down payment and disappear. Never pay a deposit until supplies have been delivered.
As the weather stays warmer, we gravitate outdoors and enjoy the time together. What about meal time? An outdoor kitchen can add to the party.
We located some tips to consider for creating an outdoor kitchen.
The first step is to determine how much space can be devoted to it. You don’t want to take up too much space and eliminate too much yard, seating or landscaping. Yet, if it’s too small you might be spending almost as much time inside getting needed items. It is a good idea to get some graph paper to plot location of appliances, cabinets and utility connections. A DirectBuy supplier; Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a free microsoft copy & paste kitchen design program and one of our preferred vendors, Energy Secure Solutions also offers a computer program that can assist you in the design and insulations.
The choice of flooring for the cooking area will depend on the style and the budget. Options include:
A contractor can make a remodeling project a joy or a really big hassle. Word-of-mouth is a great way to get a good contractor, please note that Indianapolis DirectBuy does have a referral list. Here are three things to check:
Check references about their satisfaction.
Be cautious if they ask for a big down payment up front.
Check to see if they belong to trade associations and if they are insured.
Holly and Tom are very familiar with the contractors referred by the Indy DirectBuy and will be good at referring the appropriate contractor for your project.