Just moving to a new area can be nerve wrecking. When you need to get the proper air conditioning specialist, it can be difficult. These suggestions make sure that the best one is chosen.
An ac contractor will have to specify the kind of license he desires before taking the training needed to acquire the license. A general ac contractor needs to have an overall knowledge of improvement whereas an electrician only needs to have experience in wiring and electrical issues.
If you make major structural modifications to your project while it’s in progress, you may need the services of an engineer to ensure that everything is safe and sturdy. Approach the process of hiring an engineer the same way you did hiring an ac contractor – research, research, research! Often, your ac contractor will know an engineer who can help with a project, which can save you time.
Understand exactly what it is you are trying to achieve before bringing your ac contractor on board. You want to have a very clear picture and schedule, and this can then be easily translated into a scope of works for the ac contractor.
If you are paying an ac contractor less than $600 for their work, never use cash or money orders, regardless of what they tell you. Pay them by check; otherwise, they may not appropriately report their income to the government, and you could wind up as an accessory to tax fraud. If you’re paying someone over $600, ensure that you properly fill out a 1099-MISC with all of the wages you paid them. Send the form to the IRS as soon as the project is complete, and be sure to give them a copy after January 1st of the following year but before January 31st.
Unless you want to end up financially liable for a workplace accident, it’s up to you to verify that an ac contractor has the required insurance – and an ample amount of coverage. The amount of insurance an ac contractor should have will depend on the size of the project, but it should be large enough to cover any medical bills resulting from accidents, and any damages to the property resulting from mistakes or other contingencies.
Never settle for the first bid! You need to be able to compare bids from different ac contractors in order to determine a fair price for your project. Pay special attention to the detailed breakdowns they give you regarding labor or materials costs. Some ac contractors try to “fluff up” their profit margins by overcharging in these areas.
You have a right – and a responsibility – to know not only the ac contractor, but the workers and ac repair persons who will be working on your property. This is especially important if you’re remodeling and living at home while the workers are there. You need to be able to trust everyone who is on your property – and your ac contractor needs to be willing to guarantee that.
There are times when you run out of materials before the completion of the project and you need to buy the required material all by yourself. You might notice a sharp difference in the material cost. In such cases, you need to change everything in writing and ask the ac contractor to refund all the extra costs that has been incurred in the process.
Author: Julie BrownThis author has published 14 articles so far.