A lot of homeowners are using online classified sites to find their services providers. While there are certainly a number of legitimate, reputable and ethical companies on these platforms, there are also a number of unlicensed individuals posing as professionals. There are countless problems that you can experience as a property owner if you make the mistake of hiring one of these people. Following is everything you need to know about hiring a fence cleaning and staining company.
You might think that this work is fairly low in risk and thus, does not warrant the need for a licensed company. In reality, however, many different things can happen that result in loss or damages on your actual property. You also have to consider the fact that you could be held liable for any bodily harm that an unlicensed worker sustains while working on your land. These unnecessary out of pocket costs can be easily avoided by simply searching for the right professionals to work with.
Licensing information is usually posted on the home page of commercial websites. You may be able to find this info on marketing materials, whether these are distributed digitally, by regular mail or as part of any other physical presentation. You should take the time to make sure that a provider’s license is both valid and unchallenged by cross-referencing this with any information on file with the issuing party.
You may find insurance information on the web pages of a prospective provider. This, however, is information that you should always get directly from the insurance company that has issued the policy. This is truly the only way to know whether or not coverage has lapsed as the result of non-compliance or non-payment. Most insurance companies will fax coverage certificates to you directly or they can mail them out.
Always make sure that your provider is offering the most competitive rates and that there are no hidden fees in your service contract. If you have never hired these services out before, take the time to collect quotes from several businesses. Comparing estimates side by side will give you a clearer understanding of how much your project will cost. It will also allow you to identify fees such as truck-stocking fees or even equipment rental charges that some companies are unwilling to pass on to their clients.
Finally, take some time to check out the past work of a business before making your hiring decision. There are usually image galleries on company websites that showcase the most impressive work of local businesses. When possible, you can also check out past projects and the related workmanship by opting to tour these in person.