There are a lot of home repairs and upgrades that can end up costing a homeowner a small fortune, without necessarily being worth the effort or money. But in particular, there are a handful of repairs where, if you have the right contractor or vendor, you can really get the most bang for your buck. We in particular found that we needed a roof repair job, and my husband and I had started to panic. Roofing was undoubtedly going to be expensive, but it was also critical. We could not live in our house if there were roof problems!
We did not know what to do. Should we move out and sell the house? We had some money in savings and homeowner’s insurance would cover some of the cost, but we knew we were going to be left with a hefty bill after the deductible, which was already high to begin with. My husband, ever the calm and collected one, calmed me down. He stopped me from panicking and created a plan for us. We would call various roofing firms around the city and get quotes. Once we knew how much money we were looking at, we would have a much better sense of what our options were. He was right, and I breathed a small sigh of relief at not having to make any big decisions yet. I could only hope the roof would not cave in before we were ready to decide what to do!
We placed calls to several local roofers and they all came by to take a look and give us estimates. They did come back fairly high, higher than we were afraid we could afford, but one stood out from the rest by being more reasonably priced. The roofing company explained when I asked why they could keep their costs low that they were a smaller, family owned business. They relied on word of mouth and their reputation only to get them other business, and did not advertise, which also helped them keep their costs down. They offered up several other references and addresses if we wanted to go take a look at some of their work, and they were so responsive and friendly that it seemed they would be the best choice above all others. The others were colder and distant, and you could not always get someone on the phone.
With this roofing company I could, and my questions were always answered courteously and promptly. Since it fell more or less within our budget, my husband and I decided to go ahead and hire them for the repair job. They were timely, neat, affordable, and did not run over budget or over the timeline they had given us, which meant we were able to move back into our home after only about ten days. The work was as good as promised, and we are pretty sure we will never have to have that roof repaired for as long as we live there. Nor will the next few homeowners!