While the task of selecting the right contractor for your pressure washing job may seem a bit daunting, there is one basic rule that can simplify things considerably.
Make your personal safety and that of your family, as well as the preservation of your property your top priority when making your decision to hire a pressure washing contractor. Nothing else is more important, not the cheapest rates nor the most prominent name. If the contractor doesn’t have an excellent safety record and reputation for treating their customer’s property with respect, don’t hire them. It’s asking for trouble.
Here are a several more suggestions to help you make the best choice for your pressure washing needs:
- Ask for Testimonials/Referrals
Any company of good distinction, with a solid customer base, will be happy to provide all the testimonials you need. When a company advertises they naturally highlight their good points, but it’s from their clients that you will get the truth about matters and whether or not they live up to their hype.
- Don’t Let Price Alone Influence You
Opting for the contractor who offered you the lowest price may prove to be big mistake. Yes, cost is important, especially if you’re on a budget, however, you should never choose a contractor just because they come cheap, because a cheap job is probably what you will get. In fact, for any company that offers their services too cheaply, warning bells should go off in your head. Why are they doing this? Are they having a hard time getting customers? Will they do the job the way it should be done? Will it be the way you want it done, or the way they want to do it?
Expertise, quality, professionalism, knowledge about their work, and testimonials are the things you should be concerned about when selecting your pressure washing contractor. Ask about what benefits they offer you in exchange for your business. Another thing to keep in mind is that some unscrupulous companies will quote you a low price in order to convince you to hire them and then will turn around and cut corners, sacrificing excellence for profit, or they’ll find ways to raise the price later.
- Always Ask for a Guarantee
It’s a fact that not all pressure washing companies provide a guarantee. You should also be aware that if they do offer a guarantee it may be limited. For instance, if a surface has been severely neglected, don’t expect it to look brand new again, be reasonable in your expectations. That being said, a skill professional should be able to give you an idea of what to expect before you start.
- Ask what type of equipment they use
Why? Lowes sell good consumer grade equipment, they type used by a DIY home-owner, or they weekender earning beer money. Those machines are good for small jobs. However professional equipment, supplies, chemicals, and detergents, just can’t be found in the neighborhood big-box stores.
- Are they insured?
Ask if the contractor is insured? They answer should not just be yes. A professional will know what type of insurance they have, what it covers, and how much they are covered for. After they lists those items, they should be prompt about supplying you with a certificate of insurance. If they don’t, that not the contractor for you. Things rarely go wrong with a real professional, but in the event they do, everything should’ve already been in order to protect you and the contractor.
Any contractor can make all sorts of claims as to his experience and knowledge in pressure washing but if you take the time to do some online research, your due diligence, you should have no problem in finding a pressure washing contractor who will respect you and your property, and give you the best value for your money.