Looking to find a reliable roofer, install new siding, replace windows and/or doors, build a new deck or add gutters to your home? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to find a contractor you can trust. We have a few invaluable tips for homeowners looking to hire a contractor to make sure you find the right contractor for your specific project, as a home improvement project gone wrong can cost you inordinate amounts of time and money.

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First things first, a good looking ad doesn’t necessarily mean a contractor does quality work. Do your homework. Ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who have recently had similar work done and ask for recommendations. Also, check out a contractor’s reputation online from sites you trust such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Additionally, don’t be intimidated by any prospective contractors. Ask lots of questions about a variety of topics, including: licensing, qualifications and how long the company has been in business.

We encourage you to review our tips and resources for homeowners, including our list of ten things you should ask your contractor before you hire them. And definitely, no matter how you find potential contractors, get written estimates from at least three firms, keeping in mind that lowest price doesn’t necessarily equate to the best value. And last, but certainly not least, know how to spot a scam, using our resources for homeowners.

Once you have hired your contractor, we recommend that you keep all project-related paperwork, including your copy of the contract, change orders and payment receipts in one place so your contractor can quickly answer any questions you might have about the status of your project or payments.

Also, we recommend that homeowners insist on a sign-off checklist before final payment is made. This resource helps homeowners ensure that:

  • All work performed meets or exceeds the standards as specified in the contract.
  • All written product manufacturer defect warranties and workmanship warranties have been supplied, and you understand the process for filing a claim.
  • All subcontractors and suppliers have been paid. This is particularly important as subcontractors can place a lien on your home if they are not paid by the general contractor.
  • The jobsite is clean and all tools and materials have been removed from the premise.

When you chose to work with the team at Advanced Exteriors, you can rest assured that we will help you make the process as simple as possible, take the time to thoroughly answer any questions you have and follow through with a superior level of workmanship and customer service that is second to none.

Exemplary customer service, superior quality products and installation and consistently fair pricing are the cornerstones of our business. We continue to develop long-term relationships with our clients by delivering on the promises we make, and our benchmark for success is your peace of mind. With headquarters in St. Charles, Advanced Exteriors is one of the most respected and sought-after licensed contractors in the greater St. Louis area, we look forward to adding you to our ever-growing list of satisfied customers.

Contact us today to learn more about how Advanced Exteriors can help make your next project a great success or call us now to schedule a free estimate, 636-300-4500.