When spending large amounts of money on home improvements, it is conceivable that you will want to put your trust in a reputable company, but just how do you work out if the company are cowboy builders or a certified company?
Luckily there are ways to check this out and leading specialists in the industry Clearview have compiled a checklist of things to look out for when picking your company.
Firstly, look at the number of year’s experiences they have. Anything over 10 years is always advisable and if possible, check their track record. A good company will be willing to pass on testimonials and the details of previous clients for you to talk to. If they have a website, also check here for case studies and testimonials which they should be sharing with you. If you cannot find any proof of any of the work they do, start asking questions about their credibility.
In the bi-folding door industry, there is no official accreditation which companies must gain, however look to see what kind of qualifications the company has. Do they work to one of the many health and safety standards, and are their employees qualified with NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) qualifications or do they just pick up the skills on the job. Again these are things which every company should share upon request or have highlighted on their website or in their literature.
Another thing to look for is the quality of their products. Do they manufacture things in house or is it all outsources to somewhere where you don’t know. Although who are their supplies and can you check out this companies credibility also.
Something else which can help you choose a company is there locality. Are they a local company which has been working in the area for years, or a company which you have never heard of and don’t even know where they are from? The chances are with a local company, someone you know will have sued their services before and they will also understand the difficulties in the area, especially regarding any different laws. Again this is something to consider which could affect the quality of the work.
Finally, when you are getting quotes, you can test some of these things out so look out for some of the following things, firstly are they considerate of your needs and if you have asked them to contact you at a certain time or via a certain method, do they stick to this. Are they friendly or helpful, or just seen to place you in a queue whereby you are just another number to them? And what is their communication strategy like? Are they easy to get hold of or do you have to leave constant messages.
All these things you can determine before you part with money and end up losing out or having to put up with shoddy construction work. For more advice and help, speak to some experts and get a clear picture of what is expected before you hand out any of your cash.