Do you need to install a new solar panel system for your home or business? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve put together a mini-guide full of vital things to consider when working with solar panel installation companies.
Today’s post covers three essential things to consider when choosing a solar panel installation contractor. We also share how to avoid the most common pitfalls of hiring a solar panel installer. Finally, you’ll know what to ask when interviewing solar panel installation firms.
Take a minute and read our guide before signing any solar panel project contract.
Essential Considerations When Hiring a Solar Installation Firm
Since all solar installation companies are not the same, it’s critical to consider the following points when selecting the contractor for your solar panel installation project.
Experience is a significant factor in a solar panel installation project. A company with a long history of solar panel installation projects has more experience than one that has just started.
Verify the contractor you’re considering is fully insured, including workers’ compensation insurance. You don’t want the financial hit if a contractor or one of their crew members suffers an injury while on your property. The contractor’s liability insurance should also cover any damages to your property.
How strong is their customer service? Evaluate how their office staff treats you when you call. Friendliness and professionalism go a long way!
Common Pitfalls to Avoid
In addition to measuring experience and customer service and ensuring they’re insured, there are things you want to avoid when selecting the best solar panel installation company. Check out a few of the most common pitfalls:
- Going with the cheapest quote
- Not getting at least three quotes
- Failure to understand warranties
- Not taking advantage of incentives
In short, you get what you pay for, and the lowest price doesn’t guarantee the best installation job. You’ll also want to become the master of questions, especially when it comes to the warranty offered by each contractor. Finally, ask about incentives as they can save you a bundle.
Questions to Ask Solar Panel Installation Companies
Beyond the standard questions about experience and pricing, you should have a list of questions prepared before making the final hiring decision. Here are just a few:
- Who takes care of permits and inspections?
- Are there any additional costs over the lifetime of the solar panels?
- How long will the project take?
- Can my roof handle solar panels?
- How much money can I save by installing solar?
While this isn’t a comprehensive list, you can click here for answers to these questions and more.
Ready to Go Solar?
We hope this post gave you some food for thought about researching solar panel installation companies for your home or business. Doing your due diligence when hiring your contractor should ensure you can start enjoying the benefits of solar panels as soon as possible.
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