How To Choose The Right Contractor
Many SW Florida residents are in recovery mode from Hurricane Ian. From working with insurance companies to choosing the right contractors, i.e. an AC Company, the process can be overwhelming.
The reality is there will be dishonest people looking to exploit homeowners by price gouging or disguising themselves as reputable contractors.
To avoid putting yourself at risk, here are a few tips on choosing the right contractor, whether it be an AC Company or otherwise.
Choose A Local Contractor
Be extremely wary of out-of-town contractors. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: How do you know he/she will complete the job? What happens when you have a question and they have already left town?
What if you discover later something wasn’t repaired correctly? Who will help you? Who will fulfill the warranty?
To avoid unnecessary stress, choose a local, stable and reputable company. Local contractors understand the nuances of SW Florida and will be around long after the work is done to answer questions, review the work with you and fulfill the warranty.
Ask For References To Choose The Right Contractor
Look online, check reviews and ask for referrals.
We understand the devastation Ian left behind has triggered a sense of urgency; however, it is important to take your time and choose wisely. For example, a legit AC Company will be happy to provide you with references.
Also, be sure the contractor’s skills and experience match the job to be done.
Choose A Licensed Contractor
Without a license, there is no guarantee your job will be done properly, or any recourse if done improperly.
All licensed contractors are required to have their license number on business cards, contracts, estimates, vehicles, etc.
To verify licensure, visit Florida DBPR website. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/
If the person is working under a licensed company, verify he/she is authorized to perform work.
Pro Tip: AC companies are required to obtain a license and insurance to do business in Florida.
They must participate in an accredited program to prove their competence and capabilities initially, and on an ongoing basis.
Choose A Contractor With Insurance And Workers Comp
This covers you if the contractor is injured on the job and/or additional damage occurs on your property.
Choose A Contractor Who Obtains A Permit
As your AC Company, we take care of the permitting process and display it properly on-site.
Choose A Contractor Who Formalizes The Estimate
Obtaining three itemized estimates is a good rule of thumb. The contract should protect you by specifying job costs, time-frame, materials, product info, and, if applicable, warranty information.
Double-check all terms, conditions, and promises are included. Be sure you fully understand the documents you are signing.
As your AC Company, we will review our documents with you.
Check for the required “buyer’s right to cancel” language.
More Tips To Choose The Right Contractor
-Do not pay the full price upfront; only pay a deposit for the work to be performed.
-Do not make final payment until work has been completed.
-Retain all copies of paperwork, contracts, agreements, receipts, and change orders.
-Use a form of payment that can be utilized as proof, i.e., ACH, checks, or cashier’s checks. As your AC Company, we offer ACH on our site.
-Avoid signing an AOB (Assignment of Benefits). Contact your insurance representative for more information.
-Contact your insurance company to determine their requirements.
Choose Us As Your AC Company
We understand you want to feel secure about the AC Company you choose.
For over 20 years, Sunset Air and Home Services has been doing business in SW Florida. We’ve survived many obstacles yet continue to remain constant as an HVAC leader.
We are certified by the state of Florida, licensed, insured, and provide worker’s compensation for additional protection. Our license number is CAC1815973.
We are your trusted SW Florida AC Company. Contact Us.