Our team at Fairfield County Exteriors found that customers are very predictable. Generally, they judge a company by the size of their advertisement in a local paper or telephone book, assuming bigger is better. They rely on this fact instead of a company’s reputation in the community or their experience.
The fact is that the industry is filled with contractors at different skill and ability levels that affect the quality of their work. Clearly, there are a few things that consumers should look for in a contractor, before hiring them. We’ve compiled a list of the most important factors.
Look For Good References, Reviews, and an Established Company
Don’t just hire the first contractor that provides a better estimate or quote. Instead, take the time to really check their background. Take a look at sites online that post reviews of local contractors. Are the reviews mostly positive or negative? Ask for references, contact those people, and ask if they were satisfied with the quality of the work performed. Were they professional, friendly, and responsive?
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to deal with a well-established company that has a fairly long history of providing quality work in the community. Certainly, an established company in the community with a good background will provide more reliable and higher quality work.
There are a lot of shady contractors that are not actually licensed to work in the community. These are fly by night companies that perform less expensive work with no guarantee on the quality. Remember, most states require that a professional contractor is licensed and bonded. Ask the contractor if the company is licensed? Check to make sure that their license is current.
A well established and licensed contractor should carry insurance too. For example, they should carry personal insurance, worker’s compensation, and property damage insurance. Ask to see proof that the contractor is insured, along with the company they work for.
Fairfield County Exteriors is a top quality, licensed and insured company with an excellent reputation in the community. We provide high-quality work at an affordable price. Contact us or visit our website for more information.