How to Shop for the Best Vinyl Siding Prices.

Once you've decided to hire a vinyl siding contractor for your project you need to know how to shop around to get the best vinyl siding prices for the job.

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The first thing you need to do is to qualify your possible contractors. You want a contractor who has a good reputation, is licensed and insured, and who has experience with your type of project. Contractors should also be able to verify both their credentials and skill level. Ask to see original copies of their paperwork and talk to previous customers about the quality of their work. If a contractor can't produce the documents or references, move on to the next contractor on your list.

Once you have a list of qualified contractors you can start comparing the vinyl siding prices for your job. The key thing here is to make sure each bid is directly comparable. Each bid has to include the same job responsibilities and similar products.

What to look at when comparing vinyl siding prices

Permit issues. Will the contractor pull the permits or is that your responsibility? What are the permit costs, and are they included in the contractor's quote?

Trash issues. Make sure the quote includes the cost of disposing of the old siding. Find out how much trash rental will be for the job.

The brand and grade of vinyl siding. Make sure you compare similar brands among the quotes and then make sure each quote is for a comparable grade of vinyl siding. The higher quality vinyl siding grades can cost up to twice as much as the lesser quality grades. Make sure your quotes are for the same grade of siding to avoid any unexpected surprises.

Labor costs. Ask for quotes to broken down to include specific labor costs. This will help you directly compare quotes from one contractor to the next.

The key when comparing vinyl siding prices is making sure all the quotes cover the same information. Any item left out of a quote can lead to an incorrect vinyl siding cost estimate. You need all the information to correctly budget the job.


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