5 Easy Steps for Choosing the Right Siding Contractor
Finding a good contractor to install your siding is just as important as finding a good tailor or dressmaker to fit you for some fancy new duds. Quite a bit more important, in fact, because improperly installed siding doesn’t just ruin your home’s reputation as a snappy dresser, it can be very costly. Check out these tips for finding a siding contractor.
Installing new home siding can increase your home’s value, energy efficiency, and curb appeal, but in most cases you’ll want a professional to tackle the job. If you choose the right siding contractor, making that choice will be the hardest part of the installation process. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the fact that a reliable, trained professional is on the job.
But don’t relax yet. Choosing a siding contractor should feel similar to recruiting for job candidates and performing a series of interviews, because that’s exactly what’s happening–you’re hiring an employee to do a job.
Step 1: Find Candidates for Your Siding Contractor Job
Homeowners who take on a big project like residing their home need to ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors for contractor recommendations. People you know that have completed a residing job will be able to provide honest feedback on the process and advice on whether to use the same contractor.
If you don’t know anyone personally, other trusted home or commercial contractors can be an excellent resource for finding siding specialists. Check the list of Certified Vinyl Siding Installers at the Vinyl Siding Institute if you’re using a vinyl product on your home. Keep in mind that home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s often provide contracting services for siding installation, as well.
Step 2: Interview Contractors and Ask Questions
Once you’ve found several possible candidates, meet with each contractor to go over whatever questions you might have. Try to interview them in person, if possible, because that typically gives you a better feel for the way you will interact. Possible questions include:
- What steps are involved in the installation and how long will it take?
- How does the contractor communicate with a client and how often?
- Is the contractor licensed, insured and bonded? Ask for documentation
- What scope of services are covered under quotes they provide (delivery of product, hauling away of debris, etc.)
Step 3: Review Possible Contractors
If you are still interested in a particular contractor after the interview, request a quote. When you have received quotes from each possible contractor, review the particulars for comparing and contrasting. Obviously price will be a consideration, but look at scope, timing, and other factors in narrowing down the list.
Step 4: Check Your Siding Contractor’s References
When you know which contractor you’d like to hire, make sure to do a reference check. Past customers will be the best indicator for what to expect from your experience. If you’re going to skimp on the process, do not skimp here. Some homeowners even check references for more than one contractor before making a final decision.
Step 5: Communicate Your Decision
Contact your chosen company and discuss any last minute details, then communicate your decision and schedule a start date. If possible, be courteous and let the other contractors know you won’t be using them. Even a quick e-mail will be very helpful.
Taking the time to choose the right contractor can feel like a big job, but your detailed legwork now could save you a lot of hassles down the road.