Is Your Roof Water Tight?
The rainy season appears to have started early this year. During moments of sunshine is the time to make sure your home and building will protect its contents when the rain come back. Your roof takes the brunt of mother nature’s force which is why it is crucial to preserve your home and building by protecting your roof. Here are some simple ways that you can ensure that your roof is equipped to handle this rainy season.
- Check your roof covering for missing shingles or tiles
- Clean your gutters
- Inspect your flashings on the roof
- Ensure proper ventilation
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How To Avoid Hiring a Bad Contractor
Finding the best contractor for your job can be frustrating. Whatever the trade, it can be overwhelming! There are many contractors to consider and it can be challenging to know what to look for in a contractor.
Here are five tips you can use to avoid hiring a bad contractor.
1. ASK FOR A REFERRAL
Seek out advice from your trusted friends and family. If you don’t have anyone close to provide a referral, ask the contractor for a list of references that you can call.
2. RESEARCH THE COMPANY ON BBB
Information about companies can be found online with the Better Business Bureau. Businesses have to meet certain standards set by the BBB, and the business has to apply for accreditation, as well. There is also a rating system given by the BBB. It ranges from A+ to F. Businesses get this rating based on the number of points they have, which varies based on multiple factors from the BBB.
3. ENSURE THE CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED
You can perform a Professional & Vocational Licensing Search with the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. Simply enter the company name on the site to confirm they have a license.
4. MAKE SURE THE CONTRACTOR HAS THE PROPER INSURANCE
It is very important that businesses have workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. Otherwise, the burden of an accident may be placed on the consumer rather than the contractor. You can ask for proof of insurance.
5. INTERVIEW YOUR CONTRACTOR
Meeting with contractors is important before you make a decision. You should feel comfortable with your contractor after having followed the above steps and your meeting.