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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great General Installation Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with an Installer, every homeowner needs to know: What services does an Installer commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Installer? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the General Installation Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Installer - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good General Installation Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results.
What should I expect to pay for General Installation Service?Most General Installation Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Installer ranges from $27 to $41. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Installer.
Do I need to use a licensed Installer for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?General Installation Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Installer for my project?Your Installer should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Installer need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for General Installation Service.

Installer - Services

An Installer can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common General Installation Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Installer - Finding and Hiring

Not every Installer has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding an Installer matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Installer to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Installer - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with an Installer. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Installer. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Installer's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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