Can You Feel the Heat?
The photovoltaic market is exploding and everyone is trying to get a piece of the action. This has caused a saturation of contractors claiming they can install your PV system. The positive side to this is that homeowners have a plethora of contractors to choose from. However, the decision-making process should not be based on cost alone. Consider a contractor who is trustworthy, reputable and provides quality workmanship. Being driven by price alone can cause you lose sight of these important aspects.
Seek multiple quotes
This will educate you on the general cost involved and ensure you get a fair market price. Even for homeowners who just want electrical work, All G Electric LLC always encourages them to seek multiple bids before making a decision. This allows the homeowner to meet face to face and interview more than one contractor to get each one’s perspective on how the company would approach the job.
This also educates the homeowner on the construction process and can prevent the homeowner from feeling taken advantage of or “ripped off.” Be cautious of the contractor whose only concern is to give you the lowest price. The saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” tends to be true.
Do your research
Take the time to research the contractors you are considering and their track record. Websites like the Hawaii Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) are good places to start.
The BBB is an organization that establishes various standards that members are evaluated and rated against. Ratings are unbiased and objective. Any complaints or claims filed through BBB against the contractor can also be viewed. The DCCA is a state run division that primarily governs the following relating to businesses and/or contractors: Registration and licensing, Financial health and soundness, Complaint processing, Consumer protection and education.
You can conduct a search on the contractors to see if they are actively licensed and compliant with all guidelines and requirements for running a business in the state of Hawaii.
Finalizing the agreement
Find out if the contractor will provide you with some type of contract — something in writing that outlines the scope of work as discussed and any add-ons you may have been promised. It should also include all warranty information and future servicing of your PV system. Make sure you receive a receipt of payment for your records. Be cautious if the contractor insists on dealing only in cash. Cash has no paper trail and cannot be cancelled like a check. Because a photovoltaic system is eligible for state and federal tax credits, a receipt showing your purchase and installation of the system will be required.
All G Electric is a professionally licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor with a proven track record of superior quality of work balanced with awesome service and support. All G is now partnering with Murakami’s Roofing, a company with an unparalleled local track record, to offer its customers a complete solution for every electrical and photovoltaic need.
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