It’s easy to get enticed by that bargain-basement price, especially when it’s the lowest possible price you’ve seen yet. As promising as it might seem, these fly-by-night window installers are in it for the money. If you’re aware of what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to spot one before they can latch on to your wallet too.
Have you spoken to a contractor, and been told everything you want to hear? These contractors want your business, and they are going to do what they have to, to get it. Be wary of the yes-men that you may encounter. They will always quote you the cheapest price you have ever heard, but not before asking what the cheapest price you have heard so far is.
Are you unsure of the quality of their work? Ask them if they have other satisfied customers and are they able to provide proof of that. A great contractor should have many satisfied customers and should be able to produce one or two over the amount of time they’ve been working on projects, right? If they can’t or refuse to, it might be because they really have none. Testimonials can go a long way when building trust between a business and an individual.
You certainly wouldn’t let someone who’s had some experience around most all types of surgery to perform surgery on your brain – you’d get a qualified, experienced brain surgeon. There seems to be an accepted notion that we can let the jack-of-all-trades’ of the world tear apart our houses and have the competence to put them back together again. Be wary of the fact that if they don’t specialize in something, they may not have the expertise needed to get a job done that will leave your jaw on the floor, but not in the way that you’d like.
There are sites out there that do their best to ‘out’ the bad contractors and talk up the good. Home Starsis a great resource when you want to see if a contractor is worth their salt. Home Improvement/Home Repair/Home Remodeling is another such site you can use that has pre-screened and legitimate contractors for your consideration. Use all the tools in your arsenal to get a contractor you can trust.
Don’t You Trust Me?
In the end, you’re going to have to go with what your gut tells you. If you get a bad feeling, stick with it. More often than not our gut feelings should be acted on and can oftentimes steer us right. You just have to take in all the information and decide whether or not you want to take the risk or not.