Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've looked at those before to see if quotes I've gotten are in line with what they're quoting... keeping in mind that they're usually a national average and California should be higher.


Like a Zestimate, I don't treat them as gospel though.

Aug 20, 2019 09:34 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

From $1,700 to $8,400 is a wide ranging gap. Even Zestimates are improving at a better pace and while far from one iota of accuracy they've had nearly 15 years to perfect their system. The consumer is (and will continue) choking on the bait I'd say!

Aug 20, 2019 09:14 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I don't think whoever is quoting those numbers is factoring in L&I insurance. Roofers have one of the highest rates of any profession (for obvious reasons). My roofer was paying $9 per HOUR per worker just for L&I insurance when my house was reroofed.  Add labor costs to that!

Aug 20, 2019 07:51 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

In your scenario, if a consumer thinks the best resource for the cost of roof repair is Angie's List and that consumer would take those figures as gospel rather than consult with actual roofers, they have only themselves to blame.

On the other hand, Angie's list in this instance could be a starting point to use to shop the quotes provided by actual roofers.

Aug 20, 2019 07:42 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

They sure are as there are additional 'hidden' costs, for example, disposal of the old roofing materials, replacement of hidden rotted roof sheathing, etc.

Aug 20, 2019 07:38 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes, consumers can be lead astray IF they allow themselves to be led that way. 

Consumer Beware.  Do your own research and due diligence.  Ask friends and your real estate agent for referrals and recommendations on service providers. 

Aug 20, 2019 09:41 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I would always go to the actual contractors who do the work to determine how much something should cost.

Aug 20, 2019 09:01 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

We created the nightmare when people paid to be on her website, just like Zillow and quite a few others.

Aug 20, 2019 07:43 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the itme.

Aug 20, 2019 08:25 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The Internet keeps this in check but predators are still out there...

Aug 20, 2019 08:17 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

no, not really.  that's a pretty big range, it's not so big in my market.  but there is a vast difference in price of 20 year standard and 30 year architectural shingles and a variety of labor fees (you might get a flat tire if you hire us vs. we clean up well)

Aug 20, 2019 12:41 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

That is quite a variation in cost, almost a factor of 5 between the high end and low end. This type of info is at best a starting point.

Aug 20, 2019 11:26 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

When did Angie become a roofer?

Aug 20, 2019 10:41 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I guess that Angie's List range is better than saying "free to $100K" but percentage wise that's a very wide range and fairy "safe" for Angie to put out there.  That said,  it may help someone get a feel for the pall park they are playing in of a new roof - someone that is totally in the dark about the cost of such things.

Aug 20, 2019 09:08 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

A Buyer has to be careful all the time. We no longer live in an age of honesty which hurts the honest business people out there

Aug 21, 2019 09:40 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

The straight answer to this question is Yes. Not only in roofing, but everything you do, you need to compare and do research before you make your decisions. Higher does not mean better,as in mortgage quotes. Some are greedy, and some just give you a fair honest quote. Do your research and don’t discard the lowest quote, just because they are the lowest. Not everyone is worth what you pay for.

Aug 21, 2019 06:32 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

YES as contractors pay to be on those lists and get referred. I renovate homes and can do a roof from 3000-4000 on a 2000sf home. There is a great mark up and profit for roofers. 

Aug 21, 2019 05:20 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's only an estimate and as such it should be taken with a grain of salt or researched further as to what's included.

Aug 21, 2019 04:29 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


Aug 20, 2019 08:25 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Great question, will read answers.

Aug 20, 2019 07:59 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

They can only be lead where they want to be lead Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Aug 20, 2019 06:15 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Will read answers, Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Aug 20, 2019 05:37 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Not a site I rely upon

Aug 20, 2019 05:19 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Generally, it takes a professional to know that balance between price and value.  The lowest bid is seldom where you want to go.

Aug 20, 2019 01:43 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Another reason to get 3 local bids from trusted professionals. There are too many differing factors that are not mentioned here.

Aug 20, 2019 12:55 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

there is not enough information to discuss the cost of roofing.... what type of roofing....there are many different roofing materials.... if it's asphalt, there are different grades and years of warranty... 

what's the pitch of the roof.... a 12/12 is much more expensive than a 5 pitch.... that's the flattest roof to pitch for a company to provide a warranty....

I could ramble on....

Aug 20, 2019 11:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA 

Aug 20, 2019 10:30 AM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Pro Ledger Online (owner)

i've never used Angie's list... ... will watch answers here with curiosity

Aug 20, 2019 08:51 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

1700.00 is too cheap. $4700.00 - $8400.00 is more accurate. I don't use Angie's list for anything.

Aug 20, 2019 08:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Depending on location, price will vary greatly. Many issues to consider. Angies list is not reliable.

Aug 21, 2019 04:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Caveat emptor... it's always been caveat emptor and will remain caveat emptor.

Aug 20, 2019 11:48 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's up to us to educate them. I often share what the cost of a new roof was on a house measuring ____ SF with the roof measuring ____SF. Or the new HVAC (brand and tonnage) installed in the _____SF of main level heated space...

It helps those who, in the next few months, have to replace something, know if their vendor is in line or if they need to phone my vendor. It's another way of keeping in touch too!

Aug 21, 2019 07:44 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

WITHOUT QUESTION! Your example proves it

Sep 18, 2019 09:24 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Should always get multiple bids

Sep 12, 2019 05:23 AM