Published: 09/30/2010 by SeamlessGuttersToday.com Article Team
Are your gutters leaking and in need of repairs? Do you need a new gutter system installed? If you’re in the market for a gutter contractor, make sure you know what you’re getting before you commit. Here are a few hints and tips to speed up your search.
Before you begin researching independently, ask your friends and family if they know of a contractor who can install gutters. Referrals are good for everybody involved; referred services usually come at a discount, it takes the leg work out of researching, and if a contractor is being recommended in the first place, it’s typically because of a positive impression left on a previous job.
If you must research to find your own contractor, using Google and Google Maps could drastically cut the time spent searching. Results returned on Google Maps proide reviews from previous customers exemplifying the business or contractor’s quality of work. Websites returned can have pictures of previous jobs, details of warranties, experience, and certifications. The yellow pages, newspapers, and television and radio ads are also good resources to aid in your search. Cross-referencing all viable options with the Better Business Bureau is always recommended as well.
When you’re able to narrow down your options to 3 or 4 contractors or businesses, begin making phones calls and getting estimates. If you haven’t found out already, ask about previous jobs, licenses and insurance. Make sure they stand behind their work with warranties on the building materials and labor – mistakes made with rain gutter installation can mean damage to your home – if there’s no warranty, it’ll mean it’s coming out of your pocket.
After the installation is finished, if the contractor chosen has done an exceptional job, make sure to give feedback – even something as simple as writing a thank you letter or writing a review on Google Maps could be used as a testimonial. Feedback helps cut down on research legwork for the next customer and helps separate the exceptional from shoddy services in your area.