No matter how “do it your self” we can be, there are times when we need to just call someone professional and ask them to come in. This usually costs way more money then it would have cost you to do it. However, you may also get better results with someone else, as well as useful information for whatever you are trying to fix.
The question quickly becomes, “How can I get the most from an in home service call?” Bringing a specialist over will cost a lot of money, and getting the biggest bang for your buck is incredibly important. There are a number of things you can do, regardless of the job that will help you out. Lets take a look and see if we can find you a way to get the most out of the experience.
What to do before they come.
The best thing you can do for yourself, regardless of what the person will be doing, is to get an on the phone or online estimate. This will allow you to shop around between providers, and see if you can find a better deal. Though it may seem trivial, this is an excellent way to potentially save hundreds of dollars. You can put that extra hundreds of dollars towards a home warranty that covers quite a bit.
What to do once they come.
The best thing you can do once they enter your home, is to get a quote as quickly as possible. You are paying for their expertise, and usually also for their time. Getting a quote will help lock in a price, which will stop potentially high prices later on. Also, getting an estimate of how long it will take will give you the time to do what you need to do, while this guest is in your home. As a result, getting a quote is an excellent way to protect your wallet.
Interact with who is helping you.
So you’ve paid to have someone come into your home and perform work for money. Don’t think for a moment that you do not have a right to inspect what they are doing, and more importantly, ask questions about the process! There is a fallacy that all professionals want to be left alone for the entire time they are working. Where it is true that bothering a professional will delay how long it takes for them to finish, they are professionals, who probably don’t mind talking about their craft. By engaging them on the task at hand, you gain knowledge and respect for what they do, while keeping them on task and grateful that their employer cares about the quality of their work.
Putting it all together.
Getting the most from an in home service call doesn’t require a special code, tricks, or knowledge of technical lingo. All you need to do is stay aware of how much it will cost you. In addition, take an interest in the work and engage the person you’ve hired. You never know, you may learn something.