Nobody likes getting scammed. It can cost you both time and money, and is quite the unpleasant experience. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous air conditioning contractors and other contractors out there with a mind only for making money at the expense of their customers.
Some dishonest contractors are harder to spot than others, but taking a moment to consider a few factors may be helpful in pointing them out.
Make sure that the contractor is licensed. Contractors should provide this information openly, while a lot of companies, including All Year Cooling, display all of their licensing information on their website. Check the state licensing board if you have any questions or are unsure about something.
If the contractor does not or will not provide you with references, there’s probably a reason. Always ask for references, as this is one of the best ways to gauge their workmanship and customer service.
Avoid hiring door to door solicitors and if you come across a print advertisement or solicitation with no physical address or a PO Box, ask for an address and make sure it’s legitimate. Google Maps or other online services that offer street views are great services, or simply driving by to check things out will confirm their existence.
Always avoid ‘cash-only’ contractors. If you can’t pay a contractor with a credit card in 2010, something’s probably wrong.
The Better Business Bureau is a good resource for information about the company and what their customers are saving about them. The bottom line is that as a consumer, you should always do your homework on contractors. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.
This is helpful in choosing not only an air conditioning and heating contractor, but can be applied to contractors of all kinds.