Sure, you can have the solar panel company truck with the fancy signage on the side and box of tools parked in the back and claim to be a solar panel installation contractor. But that doesn’t mean you’re competent, nor does it mean you’re up to the job. Rather than just believing what everyone tells you about what they offer, follow our tips and take the time to find someone who really can promise quality work at the right price.
While you’re doing research online, you should never take anybody’s work to the fullest extent on a solar panel installation contractor. Always contract their references and see their professional rank, see if they’re legitimate or a terrible contractor. This should make your choice much easier.
Prefer having warranties for items installed in your job. Of course, you won’t want damaged items in the end before even using it. The solar panel installation contractor has to assure all items to last a definite amount of time.
Don’t let yourself show through as inexperienced or desperate while you are interviewing potential solar panel installation contractors. You want to stay professional and collected. Always let the potential contractors know that you are going to be reviewing other options before making your final decision. This will show them that you are serious.
When a solar panel installation contractor advises that they cannot meet your requirements either timeline or budget, be polite, thank them and move on to the next potential contractor. If more than one tells you the same thing, the issue may be with your expectations. Ask for details as to why the contractor cannot meet the requirements and re-evaluate your requirements to ensure they are reasonable.
Manage your own expectations. Your expectations may not be realistic! The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” applies here. Ask your friends or co-workers if your expectations are realistic.
Draw up your own paperwork for the solar panel installation contractors you are considering to use when making a bid on your job. It is easier for you to compare the bids side by side if you are looking at the exact same paperwork. If a contractor wants to use his own paperwork then ask them to provide yours along with theirs too.
Only hire a solar panel installation contractor from your state. States have different laws for contractors and doing this will make sure that your contractor is following the laws of the state and will prevent any legal trouble from coming out of this.
When you’re deciding between potential solar panel installation contractors for your project, make sure that both of your priorities and values are aligned. What a person believes and values (about work – never discuss religion or politics, of course!) speaks volumes about the kind of human being they are.
As a bare minimum, you should at least get 3 quotes from different solar panel installation contractors. This way you ensure a proper comparison and further negotiation to make the right choice. You might increase your risk of paying more if you get less than 3 bids.