Critical Issues to Enquire When Choosing a Window Contractor
Until the moment circumstances force you to replace the windows of your home, you may be unfamiliar with the process of window replacement. During such moments, there is often plenty that needs to be learnt regarding the products and procedures specific for meeting individual window needs. It can be quite comforting knowing that you have a reliable Window contractor who can advise you on the best products and procedures for your situation. Good contractors are usually more than happy to answer questions directed to them by potential clients, hence, below are some questions you should consider asking potential contractors before hiring them.
Potential window contractors should be evaluated in a more or less similar manner to other professionals such as lawyers and doctors. It is paramount to engage potential window contractors interviews to avoid selecting them based on price comparison alone. The first question you should consider asking your contractors is their company’s full name and address. This is a necessary measure of confirming the time a company has been in business. On top of your priority list should be contractors with nearby offices, since this gives them the advantage of quicker response time which most likely will translate to better service delivery.
Ask whether the contractor has insured its workers compensation and has comprehensive liability insurance, which could protect you in case an accident occurred. This is verifiable by asking to see each contractor’s insurance certificates. Before giving them the go-ahead to begin work, tell the contractors that you would like to see current certificate sent by the insurer. Even though contractors may have other types of insurance such as life, auto and health insurance, do not be dismayed and insist on proof that they have workers’ compensation and general liability coverage for window projects.
Enquire on the licensing status of the potential contractors, which effectively tells you whether they are licensed by the state they operate in. States vary from each other with regard to their laws, since some do not require window contractors be licensed. In states where window contractors ought to have licenses, they usually have to pass written examinations in their specialty. On top of this, some cities also make a professional licensing requirement, hence it is critical to ask for details from respective local licensing authorities. Some contractors may choose to respond to this question by issuing their business license as proof however, business licenses are only tax requirements and have no direct relevance to the competence level of the contractor. The credentials contractors have indicate their professionalism, knowledge and commitment to the trade.