Tips To Protect Yourself and Your Investment
Customers sometimes experience a feeling of regret after deciding to take on a significant investment. It has been my experience that most of these disputes aren’t intentionally brought about. They are usually a result of the contractor’s inexperience with the complexity of local building codes & zoning requirements such as set back requirements, electrical, gas, noise & structural codes.
The most common trouble usually occurs with unlicensed companies or uncertified installers. During a crisis, the local area usually gets flooded with out of town companies trying to capture a piece of the market. If anyone cannot provide you with a written license number, then stay away.
A tactful way to help protect yourself is to meet the owner or corporate officer if at all possible. See if the person you are dealing with is knowledgeable about the product and the installation. If they do not spend enough time explaining, in detail, the specifics of the job, they probably don’t know them.
Always ask for and check the following.
1) Referrals are very important. (Check Them)
2) Conduct due diligence on the contractor’s business. Contact the Division of Corporations, a division of the Florida Department of State.
3) Find out how long the contractor has been licensed.
4) Confirm the Electrical License Number. Call the state or local building department and check for an active license. Also ask about any complaints.
5) Confirm the contractor’s Gas License. Call the Florida Department of Agriculture or local building official for complaints and active licenses. (It is a 3rd degree felony to sell service or install a propane generator without the proper gas license.)
6) Always require a permit and check it. If their license or insurance is expired, you or your homeowners insurance will end up paying the bill if they get injured or damage your property. To get a permit all these items must be current.
7) Verify the Factory Certification. (Call Generac, the manufacturer)
8) Be sure you know what you are getting. A lot of dealers get stuck with outdated products. At times this can be a good deal as long as you are aware of how old the product really is. Generators are like cars, and the models usually change each year.
This check list is only a basic guide line. Asking for the above items won’t prevent every distressing situation, but it might prevent yours.
By: Randall Bone (President)