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A low price tag for a big project might seem tempting, but make sure you do your research first. “Since lower prices may be offered due to cheaper equipment and a lack of experience, make sure to compare prices with other local businesses by calling to see what the average estimate of the job would be,” says Dwyer-Owens. More times than not, paying a higher price will get the job done correctly and save you money in the long run. Watch out for these secrets home inspectors won’t tell you.
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Jeremy Anderson, owner of Aire Serv in Las Vegas, Nevada, encourages customers to always have their technician check the warranty on their broken item through the manufacturer. Many times, if the warranty is less than 10 years old you could have parts under warranty that you can get for free or at a discounted price. Some technicians may ignore the facts that the item is under warranty to make a little extra money.
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Always make sure to use a contractor with lots of experience that can provide you with trustworthy references. “My rule of thumb is at least three references, and the homeowner must speak to all three prior to agreeing to any work,” says Rose. “If the contractor cannot provide references, that is a clear indication that they are new to the industry or that there is something fishy.”
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