In order to ensure that your siding is installed correctly by experienced professionals, it’s important to know how to tell whether or not a siding company is trustworthy. Unfortunately, there are scammers in every industry, and siding is no different.
In our previous blog, How To Tell If A Siding Company Is Trustworthy: Part One, we went over 6 different ways you can tell whether or not a siding company is trustworthy. Head on over there to read that, and then come back here for more ways to tell whether or not a siding company is trustworthy.
#1. They Should Give You A Written Estimate
Your siding company should give you written estimate of your project. This includes the cost of materials, labor, permits, and more. While the estimate may vary from the final cost, it shouldn’t be drastically different.
#2. They Shouldn’t Ask For 100% Upfront
This is the reddest of red flags. If a siding company does this, it’s likely that they’ll just make off with your money without doing any work.
Bear in mind that down payments are normal, though they shouldn’t be huge. Many siding companies do payment installations, where you do a down payment, a partial payment through the project, and the rest of the payment upon completion.
#3. They Shouldn’t Ask For Cash
If the siding company asks for a cash payment, this typically means that they don’t want a paper trail. This is because if they were to make off with your money, it’s very difficult to do anything about it when it’s cash as opposed to through a card.
#4. They Should Give A Detailed, Written Contract
And said detailed written contract should include things like what to do if problems occur, who is obtaining permits, who is handling cleanup, and the like. Ensure that you completely understand everything before signing.
#5. They Should Be Locally Owned And Operated
This is because scammers often appear after storms and the like, with no track record of serving your area. However, local companies do. Plus, if there are problems, you know where the company is. Scammers disappear after the fact and can be exceeddingly difficult to try to track down.
#6. They’re Not Busy
If the siding company is immediately available, they could have problems making that be the case. While it’s understandable that you want your job done asap, bear in mind that it is normal to need to schedule the service. If you don’t have to schedule it, this could be a sign that you aren’t going to receive quality work.
#7. Watch The Prices Of Products
Call around to get a general idea of what you can expect to pay for the services. Brands and products shouldn’t be marked up excessively, although some markup is completely normal in order to cover material acquisition and generate a profit. It shouldn’t be huge, though. It also shouldn’t be shockingly cheap, as this could be a scam.
#8. How’s Their Communication?
A trustworthy siding company should have good communication skills and be willing to answer any questions that you have. They should be respectful of your time and have good communication throughout the entire process. If there is a problem that would necessitate extra costs or what have you, they should tell you about this before doing anything.
They shouldn’t withhold information about subcontracting and should be upfront about who is working on the project.
#9. What Does Your Gut Say?
Do not disregard your gut sense. If you feel uncomfortable, go with your gut and find another siding company. Even if the company seems trustworthy on all fronts, if you feel uncomfortable for one reason or another, it’s best to trust your gut. You don’t know what it might be picking up on, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.