Whether a project is large or small, hiring a company that does quality work is always important. Take the time to research and compare different businesses to ensure you are getting the best service for a competitive price. Looking at more than one business will give you a good idea of what services are available and how much you can expect to spend. Here are a few ways to help determine if a company is a good choice:

1. Find Out How Long They Have Been In Business. If a company is still going strong after decades, odds are it is because they deliver quality work and people are generally happy with their services. Companies that deliver shoddy workmanship do not tend to stay around for too long. This is not to say that you should not consider a newer company – new companies can be great! When considering a newer company, ask specific questions to determine their level of expertise and experience.

2. Ask for Estimates. Explain the details of the job you want done and ask for a verbal or written estimate outlining the price and time it will take to complete the work. Ask about minimum prices, and what can potentially happen to result in a higher final cost. Inquire about insurance and ask about professional affiliations or accreditations. Determine how payments are accepted and remember to read all contracts carefully. Aim to get estimates from at least three different companies to ensure you are getting a competitive rate.

3. Get References. Word of mouth from family, friends, colleagues or neighbours is one of the best ways to find a good company that will deliver great results. Ask for recommendations and advice – you might get to hear a few cautionary tales as well. If you cannot get any personal recommendations, look online for reviews, ratings and comments.

4. Make Sure They Are Fully Licensed. Whether you are looking for a plumber, electrician or exterminator, ensure they are fully licensed for the job. Companies and their employees should be fully insured and have all the necessary credentials. No one wants to tear everything apart and pay twice because something was not done correctly the first time.

Different jobs will require you to ask different questions and compare different types of information. Below are some examples of questions you can ask the following three professionals:


Find out if they specialize in repair work or remodeling. You may get better rates if their expertise matches the job you need handled. Ask if they charge for travel time – their hourly rate may or may not include driving to and from your property. Inquire about the supplies the plumber needs, and whether they have them in stock. You do not want to get stuck paying for multiple supply-gathering trips.


Determine if you will need to leave the house. If you do need to vacate, ask how long you will have to be away for. Find out if there are risks to people or pets and determine how long it will take for the critters to be gone. Total eradication could take more than one visit. Find out if there are any guarantees – many firms offer a one month, or even threemonth guarantee.


Find out if they need a permit to do the work. Permits are usually required on larger jobs and often stipulate that the wiring be inspected by the city. Ascertain who will be filing the permit and what it will add to the cost.

Hiring the right professionals can take time, but it is worth ensuring you get the job done right – the first time! If you are in search of a local business to help you out, feel free to have a look at my Recommended Professionals Page.