Many homeowners we have talked to over the years have taken the approach of getting multiple estimates for work around their home. This work can range from home remodeling to pool building to painting. With these kind of services it is pretty common to ask for multiple estimates, but should you be asking for multiple pressure washing estimates? Our answer is yes. The market of Volusia and Flagler Counties are heavily saturated with service companies that are not qualified to work on your home in any capacity. Here are some things to think about the next time you decide to look for a pressure washing company.
Ask For Credentials
Let's face it, there are a lot of fly by night companies out there. You don't want to end up with a criminal inside your home. Ask your pressure washing company about their selection process when hiring new employees. If they don't have a good answer, you may need to move on.
Also, look at the price. If you are surprised at how low the price is, it may be too good to be true. If a company is operating above board, paying their employees proper wages and building morale into their work culture, it should be reflected in the price. This doesn't mean the price will be inflated, but will be more in line with what the work more realistically entails. The price shouldn't surprise you. A business can't stay in business with paper thin margins. They can't hire quality people with paper thin margins. They can't deliver quality with slim to none margins. This is a big deal when hiring a company to provide any kind of service. Consider how the price will affect the quality of your pressure washing, but think about safety and be smart about who you select.
Another way a pressure washing company should be able to serve you is through having actual credentials. A good place to start is making sure they carry a liability policy that will protect you. They may have had it at one time, but is it current? If other signs, like not being able to get them to return your call or showing up without a company uniform point to inconsistency, it might be a good idea to ask them for a copy of the document.
Information Puts You in Control
Simply put, it is really hard to make a decision without all the facts. Looking at one company's offerings, as great as they may seem, doesn't give you any real perspective on who you should hire. Each pressure washing company is different. Some are vastly different. This may not seem so obvious since the idea of pressure washing seems to lack complexity. Some companies approach pressure washing with a high level of professionalism and others simply do not. But how will you know this if you don't meet both of the companies? Meeting with the first company, you get to ask them a lot of questions and probe into their operations, employee hiring and credentials. After the meeting you will be able to start to form an opinion, but new questions and ideas will be raised. Then when you meet with the second company you'll probably see something very different and be able to put all the pieces together.
This will give you a better understanding of how each pressure washing company works and a better baseline for comparison.
What is the Company's Total Value
Getting multiple estimates allows you to see the difference in total value that each company brings to the table. One may have a low price but be missing some of the critical elements necessary in safety and quality. The other may have a higher price but meet all your criteria. This gives you the chance to take your concerns to each company and ask them to meet you where you want to be. If the company lacking in quality can assure you they will spend additional time letting you inspect the details of their work, this may be a good fit. Maybe the company who has a higher price will help you on price by putting together a maintenance package or giving you a new customer discount for electing more than one service.
However you approach getting multiple estimates, let it put you in the driver seat and select a pressure washing company who brings the most to the table. If you are ready to have a professional look at your cleaning project, you can get in touch with us by clicking here.