When it comes to the world of HVAC and plumbing, or other related home services, you need contractors you can trust. How to go about finding them for new needs that may crop up around your home, especially if you’re a new homeowner or renter?
At Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we offer a wide variety of plumbing and HVAC services, from water fixture repair and replacement all the way to air conditioner installation or repair. We believe our services are the best in town and will stack up to the competition, which is why we encourage the kinds of basic comparisons and shopping around that any diligent homeowner should do when searching for a new HVAC contractor. Let’s go over several of the methods and tactics you should be taking during such a search.
Start with some basic research to identify the most viable options in your area. Here are some general areas to look into as you begin this research:
- Ensure all options you list are properly licensed and insured for plumbing and HVAC services within the state.
- Check websites, review sites and other areas where you can see what previous clients have thought about the services offered.
- Know about your own HVAC or plumbing system’s needs so you can state them properly.
- Check on which kinds of financing and specials are offered, and whether any discounts might be applicable to you.
- Ask about the kinds of maintenance and long-term warranty plans are offered for various HVAC and plumbing services.
Speak to Friends
In addition to viewing online reviews and similar methods, feel free to ask for the advice of good friends or family who have recently required similar services. Maybe you have a friend who has been a homeowner for many years and has a reliable contractor they’ve been using for a long time – it’s often worth putting this contractor on your list even if they didn’t come up in previous research. On the flip side, friends or family can direct you away from contractors they’ve had bad experiences with.
Estimates and Second Opinions
Once you’ve narrowed your list down to just a few of the best candidates, get a basic estimate from each on the services you require. These will generally be provided for free – ensure you get the estimate in writing so you can refer back to it if you choose to go with that contractor. If necessary, ask a given contractor why they recommend a specific service or product, especially if this differs from the recommendations of others you canvass.
Make the Call
Finally, narrow your list down to the single best name that meets all your needs and is clearly reputable, and make the call. Just in case, we recommend saving your list so you can call a secondary option if things don’t work out with your first choice for any reason.
For more on doing due diligence when selecting a plumbing or HVAC contractor, or to learn how our services stand up well to our competition, speak to the staff at Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.