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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

References, bonding, insurance, experience with the roof in question (e.g., not all roofers here will work on a tile roof)

Jul 21, 2016 07:25 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one...

Jul 21, 2016 10:30 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Check with the State for complaints filed, license issues, etc. 

   Next issue is the Price.

Jul 21, 2016 11:02 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'd say Jeff Dowler CRS has the right answer!

Jul 21, 2016 07:42 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Jeff Dowler CRS has your answer.

Jul 21, 2016 11:16 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

References, referrals and reputation. Roofers tend to form new companies every few years! Few stand the test of time!

Jul 21, 2016 10:55 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Licensed, insured, including workers compensation, and a list of recent clients

Jul 21, 2016 10:41 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured plus obtain three references.

Jul 21, 2016 10:34 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I'm having some roofing work done right now, and I'm using a guy who's done a great job for my clients over the years.

Jul 21, 2016 12:33 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Insurance is a big one with me. 

Jul 21, 2016 12:17 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

References, business license, and insurance.

Jul 21, 2016 10:55 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

We had a new roof installed three years ago.  We used contractor who did a lot of business for other agents in our company.  Very happy with results

Jul 21, 2016 07:15 AM
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

BBB and google. If they are crooks... certainly someone has complained.

I would expect to see SOME positive reviews as well. 

A mere nothing in google should be a red flag too... bad businesses can change their names.
So google the business, but also the principals too

 

Jul 22, 2016 04:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Look for complaints against them and a call to the local building inspector might also be in order.

Jul 22, 2016 04:28 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Jeff Dowler CRS has the answer I'd give.

Jul 22, 2016 03:08 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

first and foremost, INSURANCE....  past jobs that can be viewed with homeowners to speak with for references...

Jul 22, 2016 02:18 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

References, insurance, specialty.

Jul 22, 2016 01:52 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

License status. Complaints filed. Lawsuits.  References. Verify yourself ... do not trust what one tells you.  

Jul 22, 2016 01:49 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have a lot of experience this - and I mean A LOT!

  • Get references - and contact them, just don't get and not follow up
  • Check their BBB rating - very very important to check first
  • Insurance and license info - get it and research it FIRST!

 

Jul 22, 2016 12:18 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

References, written estimate and proof of insurance

Jul 21, 2016 10:27 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Experience and reputation. 

Jul 21, 2016 10:08 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have given good tips.

Jul 21, 2016 09:48 PM
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Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Then check references.

Jul 21, 2016 08:24 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Shanna Hall - good question as I look at the other answers!

Not something that I am good at...

Jul 21, 2016 03:59 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

The better business BBB and how long they have been in business.

Jul 21, 2016 02:34 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

One thing I ask is how many nails they put in Architectural Shingles.  The supplier told me they need 5 nails each and less could void the warranty. I also always want felt paper under the shingles and no roof overs. Take those old shingles off and take the mess with you when you go.

Jul 21, 2016 01:59 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Some issues are to get a WSIB clearance certificate, get a good contract, follow holdback laws and check references.  Also ask if they have had the appropriate training about working at heights - our government has been running ads for quite a while on this important matter.  There are also other issues to consider as well.

Jul 21, 2016 01:23 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I found my roofer working for one of our premier builders.  He also has business of his own.

Jul 21, 2016 01:18 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Experience, pride of workmanship & savvy. You won't know what really happened up there until another reviews it or it fails. Bad caulking, improper nailing, defective application and cheap materials plus minimum wagers! Hire the best for this once in a lifetime application. It pays for itself

Jul 21, 2016 10:25 AM
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Honesty & integrity ......I found several really good roofers and they never over charge our clients and give top notch service.

Jul 21, 2016 10:21 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Making sure they are licensed and insured would be at the top of my list.

Jul 21, 2016 09:50 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Shanna Hall A lot of good answers here.

Jul 21, 2016 09:13 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Referrals from 3-5 years pryor

Jul 21, 2016 07:55 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Experience and reputation. Are local builders and contractors using them?

Jul 21, 2016 07:16 AM
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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Ask for references from past customers. I often check the Better Business Bureau for complaints too.

Jul 21, 2016 07:12 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Tons of amazing answers!!!  Thanks everybody!

Jul 25, 2016 05:21 AM