The days of a handshake agreement sadly are gone. Having a detailed agreement written and signed by both parties solves a lot of problems that can come up during the roofing job. Recently, I received an email from a person asking about a roofing problem that they had with their roofing contractor. The question was . . . . . My roofer started to tear my roof off and came down off the ladder and said he needed $1,000 more since the roof had two layers on it. This homeowner said No Way! You said you where going remove the roof and install a new one for this price. The homeowner received a few bids and chose the cheaper one because “he seemed like a good roofer”. Do I have to pay?
Who is right? Who is wrong? who should pay for the extra layer? Your answer may depend on if you are a roofer or a homeowner reading this blog. The point of telling this story is a contract if clearly written would have addressed the issues like this that come up. In this situation, the contractor doesn’t want to absorb the extra cost of another layer of roofing to be removed. Then the homeowner doesn’t want to spend more money on the roof project. Having an issue like this can hold the job up, create hard feelings and make the project frustrating for both the roofer and homeowner.
So having a clear written contract is the best way to hire a roofer. When all the details are written down and reviewed, the job will progress better when issues come up.
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