As a homeowner, how do I pick a great solar installation company near me? We get this question a lot, and the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. There are definitely some well-established strategies when it comes to choosing a great local solar company, as well as some ‘best practices’ that can save you a bunch of trouble, if you adhere to them. Below, we share with you our tips and tricks for choosing the best solar company near you, including advice on what to look for (and what to avoid) when choosing your solar contractor.
Ask the right questions
When prepping to choose a great solar company near you, you need to be an informed shopper. Do some research upfront (like reading this blog, among others) and come up with a list of questions that you want to ask each solar company. Don’t worry, you can always add to the list or tailor it slightly to each solar installer, but just make sure that you are at least asking the basic questions, that will help you make an informed decision.
Get multiple quotes
Try searching “great solar company near me” in Google and see how many different solar installers come up. If there are a lot, what does this tell you? Well, it tells you that not only are there are a lot of options, but also that you have the chance to get multiple quotes. Pick a few solar contractors who look promising and ask if they offer free quotes. If they do, why not get a quote from each? This will give you a number that you can then use to compare the different solar installers near you.
Make sure they are certified
Always, always, always make sure to do business only with a certified, licensed, and insured solar contractor. Whenever you have someone up on your roof, there is a fall risk. You want to make sure that your solar installer insures their employees and covers any damages done so that the burden doesn’t fall on your shoulders.
Check their online reviews
When online reviews are plentiful, make sure to take full advantage. Check Yelp, Google, Facebook, and other online review sources to see what previous customers have to say. A negative review every now and then is to be expected, but if you see a trend of the same kinds of complaints, you might want to keep searching.
Look for workmanship warranties
One important question to ask when exploring the different solar companies around you is whether or not the installer offers workmanship warranties. This will provide both a warranty (usually between 1 and 10 years) for your solar panels and installation, and added insurance when purchasing your new solar equipment.
Ask about financing options
Solar equipment and installation can get expensive, and while it’s worth the long term savings, you might need a little help financing the initial install. Solar companies generally offer various financing options, but they all differ. It’s best to ask about these options up front, in case you need to make use of them later on.
There are definite benefits to choosing a local solar installation company. Local contractors know the area, the weather, and can offer you better recommendations for the optimum placement of your solar panels based on this knowledge. Not only that, they’ll also have a more in-depth understanding of local policies, permits, and rebate options for solar installation than someone who is not from your area.
How do I pick a great solar company near me? Solved.
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