10 Questions Homeowners Need to Ask
At Staley, we are committed to ensuring you experience the best possible heating/cooling solutions while saving on energy costs that we actually compiled 10 valuable questions to consider before contracting ANY work to be done by ANY certified professional.
- Should any property be damaged during a repair or installation, ask the company if they carry General Liability Insurance of at least $1,000,000.
- If a technician experiences injury on your property during a repair or installation, be sure the company carries Worker’s Compensation for all employees to protect yourself from any resulting liability.
- Determine the mode of advertising for the business. We have found that successful contractors not only have listings in telephone directories for convenient contact, but typically have websites with extensive information regarding their company with contact ability via email.
- Ask how long the technician has been doing work in this particular field and for the company they work for. Thus, Staley has been in business for 25 years and guarantees not only to complete your job, but to be there should any other needs arise.
- Assess whether or not the company is trained to perform work in homes built before 1978, or any other structure that may contain lead paint. In order to complete work safely, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that contractors must be trained in “lead-safe” work under the RRP rule (Renovation, Repair and Painting). Concern for this is critical since risk to the homeowner and worker related to lead paint dust and/or fines for non-compliance are at stake.
- Testimonials say it all. A good company will not only include a list of past customers with the same work to be done but provide their contact information to you the same day you request it. After all, at Staley, we know just how valuable repeat clients and referrals can be.
- Ensure that the kind of work to be done is licensed or registered with the city, county, state or perhaps a Building Permit is acquired prior to the work to be done. You can rest assured that Staley goes above and beyond to meet or exceed code requirements with all the necessary permits.
- In this day and age of technology, it is imperative to be up-to-date on all training and certifications because systems advance so rapidly. Make sure that any technician you use has current technical training and certification for the job being proposed on your home. That any equipment estimates are done off a manual J load calculation to insure properly sized units for better efficiency.
- Insist a firm price be determined on the work being considered for your home. Unlike some other contractors, Staley typically works with “fixed-price” agreements since our years of expertise allow us to determine rates accurately BEFORE the work is completed. In rare instances, should we come upon unknown situations that could increase costs, we will provide you with a “not to exceed” estimate so you are aware of the worst case scenario before the job is done.
- Lastly and perhaps most importantly, make certain the contractor is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This is a true mark of professionalism and stability with any kind of business. It is also important to investigate how they handle any complaints with the BBB in the past as well as determining how they resolve these situations. Staley has been a member of the BBB for 13 years with A plus rating and reports obtained will show the few client complaints we did incur were all resolved satisfactorily and promptly.