2017 Annapolis “Best Roofing” Company

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Fichtner Services is honored to have received the Captial Reader’s Choice “Best Roofing” Award for the sixth year in a row.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of our loyal customers for voting for Fichtner Services. We know that you have many choices when selecting a Maryland roofing company. We are proud of our reputation and the fact that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

The Fichtner Services team takes price in craftsmanship and customer service. Our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. In fact, all of our work is backed by a written guarantee.

We pledge to continue this tradition as the “Best Roofing Company” in Annapolis. Thank you for trusting Fichtner Services to protect your largest asset, your home.

Unlicensed Contractors are a Horror Story

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5 Facts You Should Know About Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractors

Hiring the right contractor to replace your roof or take care of any other major renovations to your home is a big decision. There are a lot of factors to consider beyond price. Chances are, you’ll always find someone who will do the work for less money, but what will it cost you in the end? Inferior craftsmanship, low quality customer service or worse…

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  • It’s Illegal! In the State of Maryland, home improvement contractors, subcontractors and sales people must have an MHIC license. Chances are if they don’t have one, they don’t have insurance either!
  • Unlicensed contractors will drive a vehicle without a posted MHIC number or may use a fake number. Visit DLLR online to verify a contractor’s number.
  • An MHIC license can be revoked because of poor workmanship, failure to complete jobs, criminal activity or other violations. Some contractors may attempt to use an expired or revoked license, be sure to verify with the MHIC.
  • Elderly homeowners are especially vulnerable to unlicensed contractors. They love to pull “bait and switch” scams, quoting a low price and then demanding more money later.
  • Often times unlicensed contractors are from out of state, making it difficult to recover money or stolen items.

Homeowners Need to Do Their Homework!

Before you hire a home improvement contractor, do your homework. Here are some easy steps you can take to make sure you won’t be the next unlicensed contractor horror story:

  • Ask to see every contractor’s MHIC license and then check to make sure it is current. Check online or call DLLR at 888-218-5925.
  • Ask to have a contractor’s current General Liability AND Workman’s Compensation insurance certificate sent to you. (Did you know that if you hire an uninsured contractor and they get hurt on your property YOU are on the hook for their medical expenses??!! If they damage your property there is no insurance to fix it)
  • Look at the contractor’s rating with the BBB.
  • Read online reviews and ask for local references. Follow up to find out if the work was on time, on budget and whether or not they would hire the contractor again. Read Fichtner Services Reviews on Facebook, Google, Angie’s List and Yellowpages.com.
  • How long has the contractor been in business? Are they going to be around in 5 years in case something goes wrong?
  • Always get a contract in writing.

Whether you need a new roof, new siding, replacement windows or more, Fichtner Services is there for you. We are proud to be named “Best Roofing” company in Annapolis by the readers of The Capital for the fifth year in a row. We take pride in our reputation and the fact that 75% of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

Happy Halloween

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Does your attic have a tale to tell? You bet! While you may not be keen to search for ghosts and spiders, inspecting your attic at least annually is a great idea for any homeowner.

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Here is a checklist of scary items look for:

VENTS:

  1. Are there any blocked vents?
  2. Do your bathroom exhaust vents terminate on the inside?

LEAKS:

  1. Do you see water stains around openings or skylights?
  2. Do you see water damage around the chimney?
  3. Do you see daylight around plumbing pipes?

PESTS:

  1. Is there evidence of any creatures living in your attic?
  2. Can you see daylight through holes in the trim or soffit areas?

DAMAGE:

  1. Do you see any rotted wood?
  2. Does the plywood or plankboard sheathing look moldy or black?
  3. Is any of the framing cracked or damaged?

INSULATION:

  1. Do you have less than the recommended R-Value insulation for the area in which you live?
  2. Is there insulation covering your soffit vents?

If after inspecting your attic, you have answered YES to any of these questions, you could potentially have a problem. Most of these issues are fairly easy to fix and won’t break the bank, but if left uncorrected could lead to a major problem. Give us a call if you have something spooky in your attic!