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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2015

why do I have to pay for a new roof before receiving a final quote?

The roof contractor on Angie's lists states that additional costs may be charged for certain roofs. Until he comes to check my roof I do not know the price. But I must pay a very large sum of money $5,500 before he will come and give me a quote!

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You should not have to pay anything for a quote. I've never worked with a roofer that charges for quotes or charges anything before getting a signed contract. If they are actually charging you for a final quote, dump them and go somewhere else.

Answered 4 years ago by juliashaw


I presume this is an Angies List Deal you are talking about - if you don't like the quote, you can get a refund from AL within 30 days of purchase. For a few hundred Deal payment to lock in a discounted rate for some service, I can see it.

But personally I think one would have to be a moron to pay $5500 without getting a quote or meeting the guy first, and any Deal saying $5500 for a new roof sight unseen is not worth the paper it is printed on - you know he is going to come up with lots of extras, because that price presumably is not even predicated on a roofing material or specific square footage of roofing to be done. It is basically just a leader to get you on the hook so when he comes you are already "invested" in staying with him for the job, and hopefully (to him) not go elsewhere for competing bids.

My opinion - for a discount on a "service" like carpet or house or window cleaning, or for a mainteance-tuype plumbing or electrician visit Deals are probably fine, but for major work where the cost is highlky dependent on site-specific conditions, anything beyond so many $ off a so many $ worht of service just makes no comon sense to me, and sounds like an invitation to being scammed. Sort of like a $25,000 coupon for buying a car - make, model, final purchase price unseen.

If this is the Roofer asking for a $5500 deposit (not related to an AL Deal) - run, don't walk, away. Or just throw your $5500 up in the air at the Mall - at least you will get the satisfaction of seeing a lot of crazy and happy people grabbing it up, rather than just the hind end of a roofing contractor scurrying off into the sunset with your money.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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