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Is your roofer in good standing?

by: Kirsten Land on July 19th, 2016 about General

Angry contractorIn Oklahoma, we’re no strangers to fly-by-night contractors who come in from out of town to repair roofs after an especially rough storm. Some of those roofers may be legitimate, but too many of them are predatory, willing to take advantage of a storm to make a profit. And they may or may not be able to do the work they promise you.

Legally, whether a roofer lives in Oklahoma or not, all roofers who do work in Oklahoma have to register with the CIB (Construction Industries Board). They have to register to be able to offer to do work, let alone complete the project.

This statewide registry is where you can find out if your roofer should be trusted or not. The CIB has some non-negotiable standards for being in good standing, and if your roofer isn’t in good standing, it could mean additional hassle for you long-term.

It’s best to check this list before even signing a contract with a roofer to begin a project. Here’s a quick overview of the CIB’s registry.

What does it take to be in good standing with the CIB?

  • Submit roofing qualifications to the board
  • Liability insurance of at least $500,000
  • Worker’s comp insurance (or a legitimate exemption)
  • Re-register annually

The state of Oklahoma considers meeting these requirements to be the bare minimum for roofing legally.

These things would make a roofing company fall out of good standing with CIB:

  • Abandoning a roofing contract illegally after receiving money
  • Misrepresenting products, services, or qualifications
  • Diverting funds or property entrusted to them
  • Lying in their CIB application
  • Roofing without a required permit
  • Injuring people or property while inadequately covered by insurance

To check to see if any given roofer is in good standing with the CIB, head over to CIB’s webpage and follow the links underneath “TO CHECK REGISTRATION.” I recommend searching by the business’ name, but you can sort the registry in a few different ways.

We are proud to be in good standing in the CIB, and there are a lot of roofers in Oklahoma that are in good standing. This list isn’t hidden from the general public, but I’ve found that it’s not common knowledge, either. But knowing about it, you can now make sure that any roofer you choose is one who’s in good standing with the state.

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Preparing your house to go on the market

by: Kirsten Land on July 5th, 2016 about General

House for saleWhen you’re planning on listing your home, there are a few common tips for putting your home in its best light. De-clutter your space, have neutral paint colors, don’t be in the way during the showing-you’ve probably heard many of these tips for selling your home.

Before you even put your home on the market, though, there are several things you can do to increase the structural appeal of your home. Thanks to Michelle Johnson Ventris with Keller Williams Realty, Central Oklahoma, for helping create this checklist for homeowners looking to put their homes on the market!

Garage and driveway

  • Remove oil and rust stains
  • Clean and organize the garage
  • Remove weeds from driveway
  • Ensure the garage door functions well

Roof

  • Clean gutters
  • Check for roof damage
  • Call a trusted roofer for repairs if needed

Home

  • Repair leaky faucets and caulk
  • Deep-clean floors: shampoo carpet and scrub tile
  • Repair or replace loose knobs on doors or cabinets
  • Ensure your HVAC system is clean and in good condition

With so much to take care of before putting a house on the market, it can be tempting to hire technicians and contractors, including roofers, to do repair work based on who gives you the quickest estimated turnaround. If you need roofing repairs on the home you are trying to sell, be careful who you choose.

From our clients, we’ve heard too many stories of roofers not fulfilling promises that they made at the outset-don’t let that add stress to your home selling process! As with anyone you hire to work on your home, choose a roofer you know, like, and trust. Check online reviews or ask trusted friends and family for recommendations.

Choosing the right roofer can save you a lot of time and headaches during what’s already a stressful time.

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