- Some contractors will take advantage of unsuspecting home and business owners to get more money
- Any respectable contractor should be able to provide you with a list of recent clients
- Once you find a contractor that you trust, build a relationship with him
Air conditioners are vital to a comfortable life in Salt Lake City and Park City. If you are planning to install or replace an air conditioning system in your home or office do your due diligence. Some contractors will take advantage of unsuspecting home and business owners to get more money. They may perform unnecessary work and charge you for it, or they could use bait-and-switch schemes, resulting in inferior quality work or a surprisingly high bill at the end of the job. Learn how to avoid scams during the hiring process with these steps:
Ask for References
Any respectable contractor should be able to provide you with a list of recent clients. If he doesn’t readily provide you with his references, ask. Speak with the contractor’s past customers to verify that he does quality work and completes his projects in a timely fashion.
Check the Paperwork
Another step to take before hiring your contractor or company is to ask to see their license. Additionally, make sure they are bonded and insured before they begin work.
Know your Contractor
A good contractor won’t hold back any information. He will make sure you know what you need to know before you make any decisions. Once you find a contractor that you trust, build a relationship with him. You will rest easy knowing that you have a reliable contractor for regular maintenance and, if some emergency arises, you won’t have to hurriedly vet a new contractor.
If the contractor tries to scare you into immediate work with claims that your family or the building are in danger, turn your air conditioning system off and get a second opinion. Before committing to a project, you are entitled to as much time as you need to consider your options. In fact, if you have any kind of doubt about a contractor, get a second opinion. A professional contractor will not object to you seeking a second opinion and may even encourage you to do so.