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Need an HVAC Contractor? Here’s a Guide to Help Make the Right Choice

When you realize that you need an HVAC contractor for your Fairfax area home, you soon realize something else — there are a lot of choices available. How do you wade through such a wide selection and find the right one? We suggest that you start right here with these tips that we’ve compiled:

  • Licensing assurance — It’s always a good idea to check with Virginia’s Board for Contractors to make sure that a company’s licensing is accurate and up-to-date. You can do so by phone at 1-804-367-8511 or through their website.
  • List of references — When you need an HVAC contractor, get into the habit of asking for a minimum of three references. You’ll want to contact each one and inquire about the work that was performed, the completion time, professionalism of the company, etc.
  • Precise details — Once you get to the contract stage, be sure that every detail of the work to be performed is included. You should be provided with the overall cost, equipment to be installed, materials that will be used, etc.
  • Start and end dates — These dates should be clear and set in stone, unless otherwise discussed.
  • Possible three-day cancellation — In some instances, you may be able to cancel a written contract within three days, without penalty. To find out if this policy applies to you, contact the Board of Contractors.
  • Changes done in writing — If any alterations, additions, etc. are made to your contract, they must be done in writing.
  • Payment schedule — This is broken down into two areas: down payment and the remainder of what’s due. The down payment should never be more than either $1000 or 10 percent of the project’s cost, whichever is less. Once that’s been taken care of, you’ll move to the rest of the project. Except in specific instances that will be explained to you by the contractor, you should only pay for work after it’s been completed.

For more expert advice when you need an HVAC contractor, or for questions regarding home comfort, the professionals at HVAC Unlimited, Inc. are here to help. We serve Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.

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