Friday, September 20, 2013

Choosing the Right Professionals for Your Home

I know I just covered how to find a good plumber here on our site but with the fall and winter months ahead of us, you might face some situations in your home where you will have to call upon other types of professionals to come into your home. This is always very difficult for me. Having to call a complete stranger to come into my home is a huge deal. How do you decide who to call? How do you know they are reputable? We were faced with this very issue when we decided to have our wood floors refinished. We had no idea how to choose a company to come in and do the work for us. 

*Check their BBB Rating. This is a huge resource and one that I go to almost immediately. Back when my grandparents passed away, we went with a local company when it was time to order their gravestones. Had we looked at the company's BBB rating, we would have found that there were numerous complaints about the company and owners. Eventually we did get their headstones but later on, both the owners were indicted and charged with fraud. It was an awful situation that I would never want anyone else to have to go through, no matter what kind of business it is. 

*Ask for references. We had around a dozen companies come in and give us quotes for our hardwood flooring but the one that stood out was the guy that gave us a page of typed references. I called nearly half of the people on that list and all gave rave reviews on his work so ultimately, he was the one we went with.

*Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask the company how long they have been in business and ask for their training information. There are a lot of "handymen" out there who claim to be professionals and come to find out, they have no formal training for the work they are doing.

*Get a written quote upfront. Whether you need electrical work done or new carpet laid down, get a formal, written contract before you have any work done. The last thing you want is hidden expenses at the end of the project that you did not plan for. 

Regardless of what kind of professional you are in need of, always rely on your instinct. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, don't feel obligated to let them into your home. If technicians can't answer simple questions about the job or appear to not be really knowledgeable, it's probably wise to call someone else!

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