Your approach seems reasonable to me…and a reasonable cost for your time IMHO.
I had two roofers now tell me it was $300 for them to come out and take care of the ridge vent…sight unseen. And that any additional labor for the leak would be extra (ok, I get that part…but $300 to , in their words “renail the ridgevent” ??? Seems really high. If they were replacing the section of ridgevent in question then the cost makes sense to me.
I understand what everyone is saying since my reply. I am in business for myself too, on the side, and understand about the costs involved in doing business. No, I dont know about rules specific to roofers per the IRS…in my line of work, any expenditures in the pursuit of business, including mileage to go to someone’s house and give them an estimate on a project, phone calls, etc…all are 100% deductible.
And yes, I am speaking from a “burned homeowner” standpoint…I would much rather spend a $100 to get an estimate from one good honest roofer who does the job RIGHT from the start and not have to worry rather than get a load of freebie estimates that go no where.
As far as my situation…I have had a few companies out.
The first agreed there were major issues withall the metal work and that there were definately some with the roof itself. He wanted nothing to do with it though. Wouldnt even giveme a written estimate.
The roofer that was responsible for my name getting to the guy I neded up using to begin with at forst said he felt bad about my ituation andoffered to help out however he could, including finding time in his busy schedule to come over and do it himself…I believed him…then, after him missing several appointments he made with me and after not returning phone calls, I have pretty much figured out that he was shining me on.
Another company quoted me over $2k just to fix the leaks I have and the ridgevent…another company quoted me $11,500 to fix the leaks and redo the metalwork…this last company quoted me only $400 to fix the leaks and the ridgevent (what they considered to be the most urgent issues wetaher-wise) and then backed out when I wanted to schedule them to come out a couple weeks later…some excuse about how they found out that their insurance company wont let them come out on a job for less than $1,000 (the owners words, not mine). But for another $600 towards another project they would reconsider and be able tocome out.
I now have another company coming out that advertises that they fix others’ mistakes…we’ll see…I am hopeful they will do the job and be “my roofer” now. I just want to find a reputable, honest, decent roofer who will charge me truly fair price and more importantly do it RIGHT. Unfortunately I think this latest company ONLY does roofs…no soffit/fascia work, so I am still searching for a company to do that part…the one who quoted me the $11,500 figure said that they couldnt fix what was there and bascially had to rip everything off and start over…something in me says that cant be quite right…but so far only one roofer would quote.
Just a note: I have been lurking here for awhile , since I started looking for a roofer to do my roof to begin with…and some of the commenst I have read here over time have really been “anti-homeowner”. I know there are a lot of tire kickers out there.
Myself, I am not one…when I decide to do a project and get others involved, I value their time as much as mine…I got a number of estimates and went with the guy who gave me the best vibe…who, coincidentally was NOT the cheapest…He was about middle of the pack…
I picked him because I thought I read him as a decent guy who would do the job right etc etc. Boy,did I read that one wrong.
Am I picky? Well, maybe…if youconsider picky wanting a good job for my hard earned money…I cant get away with sloppyworkmanship where I work so I figure I should expect that of others.
Whatever happened to craftsman being so proud of their work that they would be MORTIFIED to leave a customer in my situation? ARe those days gone?
So again, not looking to upset anyone…I know homeowners can be real flakes. But all of us arent.
At this point, I really dont trust any roofers because so far my experience has been crap with all of them…except the one who said he wouldnt touch it because at least he was being honest. I know that its not true that all roofers are shady…just like not all homeowners are cheapo tire kickers.
Just understand that because of many people having many experiences like mine (and much much worse) most people are gun-shy about handing over hard earned money.
I felt like I did my homework with the first guy and I still got put into this position by him.
One post said that they felt like customers were not “loyal” anymore.
Well, sir, if you do a job for me at a good price and I get a good vibe out of the whole job, I am a repeat customer for life…but give me the feeling that you are screwing me or taking advantage of me and I wont be back.
Loyal customers are out there. Are there are loyalty-worthy contractors? (I mean that question hypothetically…I know there must be…I just haven’t found them yet)
Sorry this is so wordy…I have been dealing with my roof issues for 4.5 months now…and its getting really old and stressful. Thanks for bearing with me and reading my rant, if you got this far…LOL