How Can I Find a Reputable Sunroom Contractor?
Sunrooms are among the most popular home additions, and for good reason. With their numerous windows and open design, these enclosures create a bright, airy living space perfect for growing plants, gathering for a meal, entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a little down time while surrounded by the beauty of the great outdoors. Because sunrooms are in such high demand, there are plenty of contactors out there ready to jump into action once a contract has been signed. But how do you know which ones are reputable and which ones should be avoided? After all, no one wants to risk shoddy construction and substandard customer service when it comes to such a major investment. These three tips can help you find a contractor who will deliver the goods when it comes to your new sunroom.
Research Their History
Experienced contractors don’t spring into existence overnight. They’ve worked years in the industry and have a proven track record of success. Find out when the company was founded and how long they’ve been serving homeowners in your area. Check for online reviews and testimonials and pay attention to the dates. Businesses are often acquired by new owners or merge with other companies. If the last positive review was four years ago, it may be an indication that the quality of their work has slipped recently. Also, review their standing with the Better Business Bureau. Anything less than an A rating should be suspect.
Check Their Licenses
Most states require contractors to be licensed. Anyone you hire should be happy to provide a license number, the company’s full name, and the name of the owner. Verify independently that all the information is valid. Some counties have their own licensing requirements in addition to the state’s. If this is the case where you live, you’ll want to check the company’s status with both. And be aware of the difference between a contractor’s license and a business license. A business license is a general permit that allows a company to operate. A contractor’s license, on the other hand, is specialized for the type of service the company provides.
Do the Math
Once you’ve narrowed down your contractor choices, it’s time to get a few estimates. Aim for at least three, but be aware that some companies charge a fee for this. Make sure the estimates are detailed and in writing (scrawled on the back of a business card doesn’t count). And question any estimate that’s based on costs per day rather than the entire project, since unexpected delays could send your project spiraling beyond your budget.
Since 1989, Pacific Patio has been installing sunrooms, decks, pergolas, and patio covers for homeowners throughout San Diego and neighboring communities. Contact us today to learn more about any of the top-of-the-line products we can expertly install at your residence.