How to Avoid Chimney Repair Scams
Have you ever looked at a page of companies with no real idea who to trust? If you’ve ever been taken advantage of by scams and schemes it can be even more difficult to believe that a company will do the job they’ve promised to. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you won’t ever be scammed again but here are a few ways to lessen that possibility.
Always go with your gut
If you don’t trust a technician or company it’s much better to take the time and get a second opinion rather than to take a chance and make a costly mistake. There are plenty of people who wish they could go back in time and say no to shifty salesmen. You can’t go back in time but you can make a decision to listen to your gut in the future.
Companies such as Google, yelp and many other review sites can give you insight into a company’s history and trustworthiness. If you are dealing with a company that has limited history, don’t hesitate to ask them for references, not nameless stars on their website but names and numbers that you can call. The Better Business Bureau is also a great resource.
If there are any complaints filed you can check them out on the BBB website. Always look for patterns. Is there a history of shoddy workmanship? Or overpricing? Then you know to steer clear. When in doubt, try a neighborhood app like “Next Door” you can ask if anyone else has used this company and if they would recommend them.
Your neighbors may be able to point you in the direction of more reputable companies.
Only use companies that are properly insured
Accidents happen, it’s better to be prepared than to be held responsible for something that wasn’t your fault. Perhaps asking a company or business owner if they are properly insured seems uncomfortable but, imagine paying 1,000s of dollars to their injured worker or fixing accidental damage that should never have happened. Which is more uncomfortable?
Ask if they are licensed
Licensed professionals have to take exams to prove they have mastered certain skills. This isn’t a guarantee that you won’t be ripped off but it can give you some peace of mind that the technician you are using has some knowledge of the task at hand. Handymen on Craigslist or your neighborhood publication may have varied experience, choosing those with a license may save you time energy, and lots of money in the long run.
Stick with the Experts in Mercer County
A company that has licensed and insured chimney sweeps should have no problem providing their credentials but if you come across someone who reacts with rudeness or anger just because you ask for references, avoid them like the plague.
The experts at Mercer County Chimney Sweeps know it’s not easy to find the right chimney company, but our chimney sweeps are licensed and insured. If you need a repair or regular maintenance like cleaning or inspections don’t hesitate to give us a call, at 609-802-5288 or contact us online, we make your chimney issues our priority.