Once you’ve decided to use a window tint on your home windows, you’ll need to find a window tint installer. Finding a reputable and trustworthy professional to work on your home is never an easy task, and takes no small amount of research. There are some ways to ensure that you make the best choice.
Compile a Short List
Begin by putting together a short list of companies that you will investigate further. Ask friends, families and neighbors if they can recommend anyone. Often word of mouth is the best recommendation a company can have. Check your yellow pages, and look for ads that include certifications, names of owners and length of time in business. Add these to your short list. Once you have compiled a short list of companies to further research, you’ll want to ask each of them some questions to further narrow down your choices.
Your first step is to check each company with the Better Business Bureau. This is often the first line of complaint against a company, and you can check by phone or online. If there have been any complaints filed against a window tint installer that you are considering, cross them off your list. Next, check with your local and state licensing agencies, to find out what kind of license a professional installer needs to have in your area, so that you can be certain to ask if they’re licensed appropriately.
Call each company on your list. Have a list of questions ready, and a pen to jot down your notes and thoughts. Gauge your feelings and impressions of the company as you speak with their representative on the phone. Ask questions, and don’t apologize for taking their time; this is their job and if they don’t have time to answer your basic questions, they’re probably not the right installer for your job.
Questions to Ask a Window Tint Installer
Initially, ask basic questions to get a feel for the company and to spot any glaring problems that will make it easy to exclude the company from your list. Such questions as: Are you licensed? Can you provide references? How many years have you been in business? Do you provide a warranty, and what is covered? As you ask these questions, keep note of the answers and your impressions of them. You should be able to narrow down the field from these first phone calls alone, until you have two or three window tint installer companies left to consider.
Meet with Potential Companies
The best way to decide upon one window tint installer is to meet with your final two or three potentials personally. Schedule a consultation with each. This meeting will give you a chance to judge face to face who you will be working with. You will get a feel for their professional appearance, demeanor and business sense. Ask for estimates, and remember that the least expensive isn’t always the best choice. Check references and licenses, and go with your gut instinct when judging between two companies that seem similar.
Taking the time to do your research will help you make the right choice of professional installer. As the window tint industry becomes more popular, there are more and more companies forming to install them. Choose the best window tint installer for your budget and job, and your window films will help your energy costs for many years to come.