Do you need to replace your existing gutter system or install new gutters on your home? If you do, you’ll want to reach out to a reputable gutter system installation company. However, in addition to doing a little research into gutter products and the actual companies in your area, you’ll also want to obtain an estimate. With an estimate, you can contact several gutter installation services to compare costs, thereby allowing you to make a more informed decision. However, it’s important that you not only obtain a professional quote in writing but that it includes the information you need as well.
The Importance of a Written Gutter Quote
If you call up a gutter installation service and they offer you an estimate over the phone, you should be wary about working with them. How do they know what they’re going to charge you if they don’t visit your property in person to see how much work needs to be done? The estimate should take into account not just the type of gutter system you’re installing, but how many materials will be needed to install gutters around your roof (every roof is different, after all) in addition to how much labor it will require to get the job done. Nobody can guess these things over the phone without performing an evaluation of your roof.
Additionally, by getting a quote over the phone, you won’t be able to hold them to their estimate. Say they give you a reasonable price. You agree to the service and they install your gutters. Then they hand you your bill and it’s twice the cost of the estimate. They can simply say that they didn’t realize the project was as big as it was, or that they ran into some costly issues. You have no legal recourse if you don’t have it in writing. As such, make sure that the company sends someone to your home in order to come up with an accurate estimate — and make sure that they provide that estimate to you in writing. This way, if the final cost ends up being way more than what was quoted to you, you have a document that you can use to take legal action.
What Should Your Gutter Quote Include?
A professional gutter installation quote should include much more than just an estimate for how much the project will cost. If it only contains an estimate, then there will be tons of loopholes available for the contractor to use in order to get out of legal trouble should they charge you way over what was quoted. For example, they can tell the court that the estimate was for the cheapest product they had, but that they installed the most expensive gutters as to your request (even if you didn’t request this). To avoid such issues, you’ll want to make sure everything is covered in your quote, including the following:
- The type of gutters – The quote should include the type of gutter system you’re having installed.
- The cost of materials – The quote should not only include how much the materials will cost, but how many materials will be required for your particular project.
- The cost of labor – The quote should break down how much you’re paying for the actual replacement and/or installation services. In addition to installation costs, make sure it lists how much they’re charging to remove old materials (such as your existing gutters) if they are replacing or upgrading your current gutter system.
- Time it will take – You’ll also want to make sure that the quote goes over how long it will take to install everything. Otherwise, if they give you an hourly rate for the cost of labor and tell you it will only take a day, they can take longer and charge you more as a result. If their quote says it will take a day, they can’t take a week to do the job.
Questions You Should Ask
The more detailed the estimate is, the better. While the previously listed items are things you’ll want to make sure are included, you may want to ask the contractor about the following things:
- Are they licensed and insured? – It doesn’t matter how thorough their estimate is, don’t work with someone who isn’t licensed and insured in your area.
- Is there a warranty? – You don’t want to work with a contractor who provides a low estimate only to do a shoddy job so that you’re forced to hire them to perform repairs. Make sure there’s a warranty on the materials and the labor.
- Does the estimate include taxes? – The estimate may not include taxes that you will have to pay as well.
Always make sure that you receive a written estimate that provides thorough information concerning the gutter installation. To request a free, no-obligation estimate for a new gutter system, contact us at Quality Gutter Systems today.