How to make sure you hire the correct, qualified solar contractor
Like in any trade, there are stories which continue to emerge of consumers being ripped off and in cases, actually conned of their hard earned savings. There are a number of very high quality companies out there but from time to time, a certain few fail to live up to expectation.
After all, it needs to be remembered that this is an investment. The success of the investment as whole is purely down to the quality of the installation and the installers you contract to do the work. You invest your money now and expect a return in the future.
One measure you can take to ensure return on your investment and success of your solar panels is to make sure you hire an installer. You need one who can guide you through the entire installation process: from financing and finding the right rebates and incentives to installation and maintenance. More importantly, you need a contractor you can call on at any time, fully transparent in the way they work with you.
In any case, it is essential to be sure the firm you hire is correct in dealing with your requirements. Here are a few vital tips to consider in choosing the right contractor to fit your solar panels:
- Get more than one quote
- Check that the salesman works for the company that is installing the panels
- Check the firm is registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
- Check that there is an office you can ring
- Never sign a contract on the day of the initial sales pitch
- Ask for references
- Look online for references and reviews to date. If possible, contact current and previous customers
- Beware of outlandish promises – they are usually false
Overall Impression is everything either way. Do you feel confident with this solar installer? Are you satisfied with their answers to your questions and how quickly they responded? How responsive was their customer service representatives to your questions and were you comfortable with their responses? You should harbor no doubts or confusion before committing to a solar installer.
This is essential as installing solar power is a big deal and the solar installer you pick needs to be more than just someone doing work on your home. They should be a partner to help make sure that your investment into solar is easy, long lasting and financially worthwhile. Beyond the assurances of experience and certification, only you can decide whether this solar installer “feels” like the right choice.