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Advice on Hiring a Contractor

If you are shopping for a contractor to do installation of plumbing, electrical, or HVAC systems, you need to take the time to find the right contractor. You need to find someone who is not just right for the job, but right for you as well. It can be a little intimidating shopping for a contractor. Luckily, we are here to help. Today we will give some advice on hiring the right contractor.

Checking Qualifications

The first thing you need to do to, is to make sure your potential contractor is properly licensed and qualified. Check on state licensing and look into their association with national contractors associations. For example, is your potential HVAC contractor associated with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America? Find out if their technicians are NATE certified. The NATE certification is the high level of certification technicians can achieve.

Getting Proper Estimates

Pick out a few contractors who are properly licensed and seem well qualified. Have them come out to your home and perform an inspection. Ask them to clearly explain to you all of your options. See if they try to push you in a specific direction. A good contractor should give you the facts, and leave the decision making up to you. Ask them for an estimate. The more detailed the estimate, the better.

Shopping Around

Never go with the first contractor who give you an estimate. You should always have multiple contractors come out to perform inspections and provide estimates. Estimates should always be in writing so the contractors can be held accountable. A contractor who does not want to provide a written estimate may not be trustworthy. The lowest estimate may not always be the best choice. Some contractors may try to lowball the estimate in order to get the job. They could follow up with additional expenses once the job beings and it is too late to back out.

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