Don’t Hire a New HVAC Contractor Without This Checklist in Hand
Whether you require an installation, repair or tune-up, don’t trust the job to just any HVAC contractor. Instead, do your research ahead of time. With the help of this checklist, you can pinpoint the best company to work with in the Delaware area.
- Get three local references: Ask the HVAC contractor for references and contact those references personally. Ask how well the job was performed, whether the cost remained reasonable, and if everything was completed within the anticipated timeline. Ask friends and neighbors about their past experiences with various contractors as well. Their experiences could dictate how well things go for you.
- Ask about building permits: If you’re seeking an installation, ask if the contractor plans to get a permit before the job begins.
- Check licensing status: Ask the HVAC contractor for a license number to make sure they have insurance. It’s always recommended that contractors you work with have a license, even if the state they work in doesn’t require it. (Delaware requires testing, licensing and insurance for HVAC contractors.)
- Read the contract: Ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand. Make sure the contract outlines the work, materials, equipment and project timeframe. Find out if a three-day-right-to-cancel-the-contract provision applies to you.
- Ask about a down payment: The contract should explain a payment schedule and point out the need for a down payment if needed. This payment should never exceed 10 percent of the total project cost or $1,000, whichever is less.
- Request that all changes to the contract be made in writing: Writing all agreements down and initialing the changes is the best way to reduce later disputes, or give you the proof you need to defend yourself if litigation occurs.
To work with a reputable HVAC contractor that strives to meet or exceed every customer’s expectations, please contact us at Sobieski Services today. We have provided excellent HVAC service since 1987, and our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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