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Free inspection? I think not!

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Free inspection? I think not!

I must apologize to all of my roofing contractor friends out there for what I’m about to say. But my mission in business is to help improve the industry for information resources education and, most importantly, the truth and facts.  

 
The facts are simple the free inspections advertised by roofing contractors or a marketing tactic. This is one way to climb on his many roofs as possible on any given day the idea of being the more roofs one can climb on the higher the odds are of closing a deal. It works too; I know it worked because when I was a contractor, I did it myself. 
 
Am I saying there is no value in a free roof inspection not at all there is some value. For example, if you’re just interested in how much a new roof will cost, you can get a free inspection. Or if you’re planning on selling your house and anticipate having to negotiate a roof cost, you may get a free inspection. Or if you’re a sneaky competitor who wants to see how the other guys present themselves, you may ask for a free inspection.
 
But if you’re generally interested in an actual condition assessment, you’re going to have to pay for it. There are some definite advantages to paying for a rip inspection when you generally want to know what the condition is. For starters, if you use a third-party consultant or inspector who does not install roofs, they’re not trying to sell you anything except for the inspection itself. In that context, it’s relevant to the inspector whether or not the roof is in good or poor condition since they’re the only role is to tell you that. 
 
Again I apologize for the roofing contractors out there where I work so closely with, but unfortunately, most roofers don’t know as much as they think they do. I say that with a little break in my heart because when I was a roofing contractor, I sure thought I knew what I was doing. But after coming to the other side and doing only inspections and consulting for several years, I realize I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did. It also puts me in a unique position to see things from both sides believe it or not, not every consultant our inspector has also been roofing. 
 
Don’t get me wrong there are some sharp contractors out there who will undoubtedly give me a run for my money, and I love it when I meet them. But in general terms, a contractor is not the same as an inspector or a consultant, and they should do their job and let us do our job, and you should know the difference. The more informed you are, the better choices you will make; it’s simple as that.
 
The next time you’re reading an advertisement from a roofing contractor offering a free roof inspection. So the next time you’re reading an ad from a roofing contractor offering a free roof inspection. And you’re tempted to take them up on the offer to see what the condition of your roof currently is. Understand that there will be a salesperson who shows up at your door with his intention of selling you something because if he doesn’t, he does not get paid.  
 
If you generally want a roof inspection then actually assess the condition of your roof honest and unbiased, you’ll need to pay a third-party consultant or inspector.
 
Has this article been helpful to you? Are you a contractor in our offended by the things I say? It’s all good you have anything you would like to see comments questions concerns advice for me give me a call 480-265-1613 always open for good healthy discussion.
 
Henry Staggs
Roof Consultant and Industry Advocate
 

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