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It's All About Price, Right? Or Not? Choosing An HVAC Contractor

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Sat, Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

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Contractors to Choose...
How do you make the right choice?

It's summer and while we're all enjoying beautiful warm days, the calendar is sure to remind us that before you know it, fall will arrive and cold, snowy, freezing days will beckon our attention. That means air conditioning and heating needs may outweigh other purchases. And,we all have limits.



Taking stock of the health of your mechanical equipment, it may be time to consider the replacement of your furnace or boiler or an air conditioning system replacement. So let's make a check list of the steps needed to properly prepare for this project.

  • Search the internet. There's a lot of information out there. But, don't confuse information for knowledge and expertise. You want to choose a great contractor that has the experience and know-how to do the right job for you!
  • Do your due diligence. Familiarize yourself with the type of system you have. But, don't be afraid to ask your contractor questions. And be weary of the wrong answers.
  • Find the right contractor. How? Glad you asked.
    • Look for experience - lots of it. You don't want a surgeon to operate on you without specific experience, do you?
    • Ask your friends, neighbors or colleagues for recommendations.
    • Search online.
      • There are many choices, but you want the best for your home, don't you? So don't be fooled by low-ball prices online or advertisements that only focus on the dollar.
    • Once you find a contractor, check them out through the Better Business Bureau and online reviews.
    • Arrange for a consultation estimate appointment.
      • Be sure to allow adequate time to meet with the contractor and be present so that you get to put the face and voice to the name. Establish a rapport.
    • Ask for a thorough written proposal
      • With proposal in hand, ask questions to get a better understanding of the true scope of the work.
      • Ask your prospective contractor for references.
    • Make your decision with the long-term in mind
      • A project such as this demands great quality, and a company that will stand behind their installation. It's not just the brand...it's the contractor, support staff and dealers that will facilitate resolving any problems that might occur.

There's alot of competition out there...and many consumers base their decisions on different parameters. When you're choosing a contractor, you want someone that you can communicate with, and a company that will provide service going forward. Often times contractors that are primarily in the 'new construction' business, used to dealing with builders and not homeowners, will 'slap in' an installation and not provide any warrantee service. Beware of this. When a 'punch list' issue rears its head, and it's not uncommon to need some minor adjustments, this contractor is nowhere to be found, doesn't return calls, and doesn't provide warrantee service.

Where does that leave you, the innocent homeowner? Well, possibly stuck...because another contractor won't honor a warrantee that doesn't exist. So, compare 'apples to apples' as the expression goes, and be sure you get what you pay for.

If you're planning on staying in your home, there are finance options available to qualified consumers. And, high efficiency systems command value when selling your home in the future, near or far, becomes a conversation.

Think long term, think quality, and think rationally.
Choose the right contractor to do the right job for you.

You won't regret it.

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Topics: how to choose a great contractor, AC Replacement, Boiler replacement, Furnace replacement

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