So you’ve decided to take the plunge and have a beautiful security gate installed at your home.
You know you’re going to do it, but you’re having a hard time choosing who you’d like to do it. After all, if you’re going to spend several thousand dollars on this, it had better be done right, well, and on time.
You want to find that dream contractor (and we know you dream about gate installation contractors all the time!) that does everything right, with absolutely no intervention from you.
But you’ve heard all those horror stories about contractors. And maybe you’ve had a sour experience or two yourself.
It happens. Nobody’s perfect. And some are just out to get you. Or more precisely, your money.
But if you know what to look for before you hire a contractor, you virtually guarantee yourself a great service experience.
Here’s what you should do:
- Check Their Online Reviews
Most businesses don’t forge their own reviews online. But sometimes it happens, so you do have to be a little skeptical.
Go to their Facebook page, Yelp, and Google their business name to read their Google reviews. Check them out at the BBB.
If you notice strong agreement among all the resources you check, that’s a good indicator you’ve found a good contractor.
- Meet Them in Person – But Don’t Buy Right Away
You should always meet the contractor in person. Remember, with the best contractors, working with them is clear and simple.
You shouldn’t feel any confusion about who they are, what they do, or how they work. If you ask a question more than once and don’t get a straight answer, strongly consider not working with that contractor.
Some will gently pressure you to buy now. A little “push” from the contractor is okay. If they ask you once to buy today, don’t get too suspicious of that.
But if they use heavy pressure, asking you multiple times and offering you discounts each time you say no, don’t use that contractor. Run away from them!
- Keep Talking to Contractors Until You Find the One You’re Comfortable With
If you don’t like the first contractor you talk with, keep chatting to more. If you talk to a second, third, and even fourth, and still have no luck, keep looking. If you have to delay your gate for months, be willing to do that. If you talk to a contractor with 3 decades of experience, and they rub you the wrong way, keep searching.
Because if someone rubs you wrong, something’s going to go wrong when you work together. Maybe they start 2 months after they said they would. Maybe they come up with additional charges you didn’t know about. Maybe their work quality stinks.
You don’t know what it will be – but it will be something.
It’ll save you time, frustration, and stress when you find the right contractor.