Discounted pricing? Installing Central Air ...
Ready to play "Let's Make A Deal!"
Is there a "better" time to install central air conditioning?
One that will save you money?
Remember Monty Hall and the famous game show "Let's Make A Deal"?
I've written about this before and it still brings back childhood memories of watching that show on a small black and white TV and watching people guess what was behind each door all in the vein of getting a good price. Do you?
Let's face it. We're all pressed for time. We find it hard to fit appointments or phone calls into our already overloaded schedule.
So, we don't want to waste time and effort with things that aren't relevant.
We're looking for the right job, (remember that) at a fair price. At least that should be the end goal.
While it is the end of January, you might remember how hot it was last summer.
You wanted to replace your old, inefficient air conditioning system with a new, energy efficient system that will keep you and your family comfortable.
But, at what cost?
Stretching your dollars always make sense, but the reality is that you get what you pay for. And, there are some contractors that play the game of raising prices only to offer a discount.
So, here's my advice...
- Steer clear of "sales" that are too good to be true, because they are just that.
- Deal with reputable HVAC companies that will stand behind their work and have a history of a good reputation.
- Ask for references. Many customers don't want to be bothered writing a review, but still some often take the time. A reputable contractor will have many to share.
- Ask questions. There is no stupid question... but, there are stupid answers.
- Get it in writing. Ask for a written proposal so you know exactly what you're getting.
I remember once when my husband walked into a car dealership to buy a new service truck for one of our techs. The salesman asked "What do you want to pay for this truck?" (a foolish question) and he responded by saying somewhere between 0 and the right price is what I'm looking for, no games, no shams.
Needlesss to say, the car salesman had no answer. His befuddled look said it all.
So, we bought that van elsewhere.
Truth be told, you might see some "off season" pricing, but don't expect slashed costs. Sometimes a contractor will make a concession to fill his schedule and you'll be the recipient of the bonus savings.
Remember, you get what you pay for. If alot of money is taken away from the price likely shortcuts may be taken on your installation resulting in perhaps a good price but not a good job.
My definition of a "good" price is a "good" job.
Until then... stay warm, but remember air conditioning season is around the corner.