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Finding the right contractor for your next energy upgrade is important. Choosing a cheap or unqualified contractor could cost you time, money and patience. Keep these tips in mind as you start your search to ensure you find the right person for the job.
Before reaching out to contractors, determine the necessary license and insurance requirements for contractors in your area. Also, find out information about your appliances that may need updating and note any drafty rooms in your home.
Ask to see the contractor's licenses, certifications and insurance. Request proof of past jobs they've completed to determine if they have experience with a project like yours. Find out how long they've been in business, if they use subcontractors and more.
Once you get itemized estimates from multiple contractors, assess them for project cost, time frame, energy efficiency, warranties and more. Choosing the best — not cheapest — option for your project will benefit you in the long run.
Everything a contractor says may sound great, but reviews of their past projects may tell a different story. Friends and neighbors may be able to offer insight about local contractors, and sites like Angi are great for looking into ratings and reviews.
Even if your state doesn't require a written contract, get everything in writing — that includes everything from the initial bid to receipt for payment. This ensures you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to project timelines, materials and more.
If the contractor doesn't complete the job in the way it was outlined in the contract, you can withhold further payments. Reasons may include substandard work quality or lack of timeliness in completing the project. These circumstances are limited, so check your contract to ensure withholding payment is legal.
By following these tips, you can ensure you find the right contractor for your next energy project.
For help finding contractors in your area, visit the Contractor Lookup on ElectricIdeas.com.
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