When you call a serviceman out to your house to do an inspection or give you an estimate, do you feel confident that you aren't about to be taken for a ride?
Most people don't.
For instant, if you need to have the air ducts in your home professionally cleaned, would you know enough about what the contractor was telling you when they explained their estimate to tell if they were being honest or not? Not very many people would!
Because of the fact that it is impossible to have expertise in every single area of home maintenance and repair, there are a few common traits that you can look for to make sure that you do not get taken in by an air duct cleaning contractor, or any other type of worker, who has no scruples.
First, make sure that they are professionally licensed and bonded. Do not simply take their word for it, check out their credentials with your local or county government. If they are subject to accountability, chances are that they are operating above board.
Second, check out their ratings and testimonials on professional directory sites such as Yelp and Angie's List. If other people have had good experiences with them, chances are you will too. By the same token, if other people have had bad experiences with them, chances are those will be repeated with you as well.
Lastly, ask them outright for references that you can contact. If they have nothing to hide, they should be happy to provide them.
By following these simple tips, you can be certain that any type of contractors you allow into your home are as honest and above board as you can hope for. You will save yourself the heartache of falling for a scam, which allows you to hire a professional with nothing but peace of mind.