Finding a Trusted Contractor

In Colorado Contractor News // on November 21st, 2012 // by // No comment


While we think you should always trust your mechanical engineering needs to Colorado Mechanical Systems, here’s a quick summary of the best practices you should generally follow when looking for a contractor.

Ask Around
Get at least three written bids on your project, and make sure you’re comparing bids based on identical plans, specifications and scope of work. Do not automatically accept the lowest bid. In fact, you should beware of any bid that is substantially lower than the others. It probably indicates that the contractor made a mistake or is not including all the work quoted by his or her competitors. You may be headed for a dispute with your contractor if you accept an abnormally low bid. It is also possible that this contractor will cut corners or do substandard work in order to make their bid price.
Ask for personal recommendations
Friends and family may have recently had similar projects completed. If they are satisfied with the results, chances are you will be too. Other good reference sources include local customers, material suppliers, subcontractors, and financial institutions to check whether the contractor is financially responsible. If you are still unsure, you may also wish to check the contractor out with your local building department, trade association or union, consumer protection agency, consumer fraud unit, and the Better Business Bureau.
Verify the contractor’s business location and telephone number
A contractor who operates a business out of the back of a pickup truck with a cellular telephone may be difficult to find to complete a job or fix something that has gone wrong after the last bill is paid. You can find a licensed contractor’s “address of record” on this website when you look up their license status.
Verify the contractor’s workers’ comp and commercial general liability insurance
Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance, or ask for the name of the contractor’s insurance carrier and agency to verify that the contractor has the insurance. Commercial general liability insurance covers damage to your property. If the contractor does not carry general liability insurance, they should be able to explain how they would cover losses that would ordinarily be covered by insurance. If your contractor damages your property and doesn’t carry commercial general liability insurance, you or your insurance policy could end up paying for damages.

Our Mission
Colorado Mechanical Systems was founded on the premise that if clients have a more personal relationship with their mechanical contractors, their projects will be completed more efficiently, with higher quality, and lower lifetime costs. Leveraging over 100 years of experience in the industry, CMS provides our clients across the Colorado Front Range with the highest quality HVAC, Refrigeration and Plumbing services for their commercial or industrial properties. We treat every building as if it were our own!

 

We invite you to contact us today and experience the CMS difference. We look forward to the chance to earn your trust and your business! More About Us
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