Lewis Maclean January 2019

JANUARY 2019

Due Diligence PROTECT YOUR HOME AND YOUR WALLET

At Lewis MacLean, we’ve prided ourselves on the exceptional quality of our work since day one. We take our work seriously because we know what it’s like to wake up to a cold house in the middle of winter. It’s a headache and a half. Having been in the industry a long time, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve also come in to clean up the work left behind by other “professionals.” There’s a reason why the saying, “A good tradesman isn’t cheap, and a cheap tradesman isn’t good,” has so much staying power. There’s a lot of truth behind it. No matter who you call, whether they’re listed in the phone book or online, you’ll be able to find a lower quote for the work you need done. There is always someone willing to undercut anyone else. When you find yourself in a bidding war to the bottom, you have to ask yourself, “Who is really worth it?” It comes down to this: You get what you pay for. When you go with the cheap option, the results are going to be subpar. But it’s hard to fight the urge to save money. No one likes to pay for a furnace repair or replacement. You already have enough to worry about, let alone another bill. As always, our advice is not to be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to matters of your home. You live here. This is your own personal castle, and you’ve dedicated yourself to it. When you go for the least-expensive option — whether it’s a repair service or the appliance itself — you’ll find you aren’t going to be pleased with the results down the road.

When it comes to hiring a tradesman to come into your home for a repair or to work on an installation, price can be a major deciding factor, but don’t forget about credentials. Always ask for credentials before committing to a company or an individual. Are they insured, bonded, and certified? Can they verify that for you?

If the answer is no, it’s time to move on. Would you

let a technician into your home without knowing whether or not they are trained to inspect and repair your furnace? Or let someone in who lacks insurance? If anything went wrong, you might be out of luck and out of even more money. It hurts, and it happens. How can you avoid this headache? The next time you’re looking for quotes for a repair or replacement to your HVAC or plumbing system, put the numbers to the test. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look for red flags like major price discrepancies, limited warranties, or technicians who don’t want to confirm their insurance and certification. Of course, you can always count on us. If you have a question or concern about your home’s heating system — or any part of your home’s HVAC or plumbing system — you can rest assured we’re one phone call away. We like to say we’re standing next to our phone, ready to take your call, because it’s true! And from all of us at Lewis MacLean, here’s to a bright new year!

–Tyler Dillon

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