Tips For Choosing a Home Energy Insulation Contractor
Every once in a while, you may have a need for a contractor that specializes in home energy insulation products. For example you may need to install new energy efficient windows or perhaps add some insulation. You may need a new furnace installed or even just an HAVC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) tune up.
Whatever the case, opening your phone book will reveal to you that there are literally hundreds of choices. Which one do you choose? The ones with the flashiest or most prevalent commercials on the TV or radio? The first one in the phone book? The one with the biggest ad?
The best possible advertisement for contractors, especially home energy insulation ones, is word of mouth. Ask your friends and neighbors if they’ve had any experiences with home energy insulation contractors. Barring this, you can try to narrow your search by proximity to your home or by specialty. For example, if you have a need for a furnace tune up only, select contractors that specialize in furnaces and HVAC work rather than those who perhaps do it all.
Keep in mind that ad size or company size has no bearing at all on the service you can expect to receive. In fact, just the opposite may be true. A small operation or business of just one contractor may be completely dedicated to keeping you happy while a bigger shop with numerous employees may take less time to satisfy you – since they have multitudes of other customers!
Try to compile a list of at least 3 or more contractor names (I recommend at least 5). Call each one and ask if they do the work you are looking for, and if they do free in home estimates. Most will say they do. Schedule a time for them to come out and look at the potential job. Ask for the estimate in writing, and have each contractor explain what they intend to do, or how they intend to fix the problem.
Be prepared for some of them to be pushy – and be prepared for some of the contractors that come out to your home for the estimate to not be contractors at all! Some companies (especially the larger ones) tend to send salesmen with some knowledge of home energy insulation repairs that may know how to talk the talk – but wouldn’t know where to start when it came down to the repair. These guys specialize in one thing – closing the sale! Be wary.
From the list you have compiled do a quick internet search for the companies, and especially reviews. Check forums, the Better Business Bureau, and fraud alert websites. You can also call the company and ask for references. Most reputable ones have a customer base that will vouch for their work.
If you don’t feel comfortable dealing with a company based on reviews, simply eliminate them from contention. You can choose whether you want to solicit more estimates or not at this point.
Now that you have several estimates that you are comfortable with in front of you, you can choose the winner. It may not necessarily be the lowest bidder. Select the contractor or company you think understands the most about your house, your needs, and the repair. In other words, the one that will do the best job.
Call him/her up and arrange to have the repair done.
Sometimes you may feel pressure to make a decision quickly. This is especially true if someone is leaning over you or asking you for a decision immediately. The important thing is to take your time and make the right decision for your needs. You must be absolutely comfortable with the decision – after all its your home. If someone is putting you in a pressure situation, ask for information in writing and ask for some time to make a decision.
Selecting the right home energy insulation contractor is a big decision – but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself more at ease.