Usually you find your contractor either from a friend or sometimes just google searches. When calling for an appointment, you always want to make sure that your call was answered and there is a live person on the other line. Make sure if there was an appointment time that your contractor shows up on time. A good representation of a company is showing up on time. delivering you Estimate the same day or next depending on the type of Job. Usually residential homes can be given same day or next. Make sure they call you back the following days.
After you have met your contractor. Make sure they provided you with a legitimate estimate with their Business Name on it from the State of Florida Division of Corporations. Visit https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/
and click on Search Name Records. Open their corporation and check to see if the company is an active corporation and how many years its been open and who are the owners. Their Place of business too.
Next, you want to make sure they are licensed with the State of Florida to do your roof and any home improvement job, Visit https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=1&SID=&brd=&typ=
Here you can search by their company name or License number. Please remember all our documents, any advertisement, vehicles, business cards MUST have our License number on them. If you don't see this, RED FLAG. You can also see here if they have any complaints made to their license.
Now do a little more research. Check our their Google or Yelp Reviews. Or you can ask you contractor, can I get a past roof you have done and the customer number. If I can provide so can the rest of them. Make sure they have a website and Social Media pages. I try to constantly add new projects or keep daily stories on my feeds. A little advice, I have worked in the industry for the past 20plus years. I have worked in every division of a roofing company. Websites like BBB , Angies List, or Homeadvisors. Please please know any contractor can get on there as long as we pay them a monthly fee. For these fees they will give a A star rating as long as you advertise with them. I have seen the best way to see if the company is any good and going out to look yourself. Ask me for a current job and drive by my jobsites or go to my social media or YouTube channel and see videos for yourself.
Now here is the part that is critical.
Signing the CONTRACT (Enter dramatic piano riff). Ask to see the contract before signing it. Get a copy and thouroughty read thru it. Make notes or questions next to the item you have doubt.
Make sure the same company that went out there is the one on the letterhead of that proposal. A contractor will always bring the permit documents. DO NOT SIGN blank permit document PLEASE. This is where they got you. Make sure the Building Applications and Notice of Commenements (2 important Permit documents) is the company that is listed on your contract and license information. Now the deposit, I can't stress this enough!!! DO NOT DO NOT write your check payable to anybody's name. Your check should be made payable to the CONTRACTOR Business Name. If they say "Pay me cash, Ill give you a discount" Come on what are we in the 80s' NO there is no such thing. You pay me cash guess what it goes right into a Bank account.
Lastly, Take your time making your decision. Usually when you are looking to do a home repair, people go with the first company in the door. Do your research of the company first. Try to get 3-4 estimates. Make sure the company has provided you with brochures and samples of the products that are to be installed. All of DSB representatives are very knowledgable about all roofing products and systems or just a phone call away from getting you an answer you are looking for.
Good luck and Please do your Research