When it comes to home improvement and construction projects, we all have to make decisions. Some of us get nervous making decisions, especially about our homes, because we know so little about our homes and we are putting our trust in someone we really don’t know all that well to fix or repair something important.
It doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. If you do you research and plan ahead you will be able to find a gutter installer you can count on.
Before you get all worked up about having to find someone to install your new gutters, take a deep breath and relax.
If you go into the search with anxiety it will only make you seem that much more uncertain and a shady contractor will use this as a way to pull one over on you since they will know you aren’t too confident. Start by searching on the internet for gutter installers in your area. If they have a web site spend time looking it over and check for testimonials. Any contractor that has been around for awhile will have good references and will be only too happy to share those with visitors.
Create a list of at least five gutter service companies that you think are qualified for the job of installing your gutters. Anyone can make themselves look great on the web so now comes the part where you find out what they are really like. Contact each one and conduct a brief interview over the phone. Don’t get too carried away on the call, just feel them out and see if they have the knowledge and experience you are looking for.
From the responses you get pick three for an in-person meet. Invite them over to inspect your gutters and get their opinion on what they recommend. This is when you want to dig a little deeper and find out all you can about the contractor and his business. Ask him to provide references you can call on and if there are any projects nearby you can view to see the quality of his work. Again, if he can’t provide any references then he is probably hiding something or he just isn’t very good.
Finally, ask about time and cost estimates for your gutter installation. A good installer who knows his business will be able to at least provide you with an estimate.
After the interview, be sure to check with the town to see that the installer has a legitimate business and is registered to work in the town. Also make sure he is fully licensed and insured and check to see if any bad reports have been filed against him through the Better Business Bureau.
The more research you do the better chance you have of finding the right gutter installer.