The entrance to your home is the first thing guests see when they arrive. It’s the last thing they remember when they leave. Your front door should offer a welcoming look and secure you from the elements and intruders. We can help you shop for a new entry system. We can also help match you choose a door installer. Here are some tips and questions to help you choose a door installer for your project.
1. Ask to See the License
Always use a licensed contractor for window and door installations. When you’re ready to find a contractor for your door installation, the question, “Do you have a license?” should be the first thing you ask. Don’t be afraid to ask how long they’ve had the license and what it covers.
Usually, contractors who ask for payment “under the table” aren’t licensed. Unlicensed handymen may offer you discounts and extra labor to overlook this. But you could be risking safety and legal challenges. And, in most cases, you will be giving up a warranty.
2. Know Your Costs
“How much will this cost me?”
Cost is a question any door installer should be ready to answer. Plans do change from time to time, but from the beginning, you should know about how much a project will cost you. Try to get a statement in writing from your door installer so that you won’t be responsible for extraneous expenses in the future. Nothing is worse than expecting to pay a certain amount of money and then learning that you owe much more.
You can also compare a door installer’s pricing against other contractors in the area. Get at least three quotes. If a quote is not itemized, this could be a red flag. Ask what cost’s what so you know what you’re getting. Knowing these estimates can help you negotiate a reasonable price. This way, you won’t have to worry that your contractor is overcharging you because you don’t know better.
3. Ask for References
You want to know that your contractor is capable of clean and efficient work. References are one of the best ways to learn about a contractor’s style and habits. Previous clients can let you know if they had any trouble with the contractor. You can get a good idea of what you can expect from references.
4. Know What You Want
Far too often, homeowners select contractors without considering their personal needs. There are plenty of contractors who are great at what they do but aren’t the right fit for you. Scheduling conflicts, differences in taste are some examples. If something feels off about a contractor in the initial meeting, trust your instinct.
Know what you want, and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Remember, you are the customer. Open communication is what will help you get the remodeling experience you want.
Find and Compare Experts with Harvey’s ProZone
Our database of contractors provides a ton of valuable information on specialties. It will help you choose a new door installer for your project, and for requesting quotes. Again, get at least three quotes. We only refer you to contractors that we trust to do your door installations right. See below an example of how easy the ProZone makes finding and comparing experts in your area.