Questions to Ask of a Prospective Radon Contractor
There are a number of professions out there that involve specialized tasks and training, and one of these is the world of radon testing and mitigation. Professionals in this industry are regularly trying to stop harmful radon gas from creating major health issues for clients, and finding a great radon mitigation partner is vital if you know or believe there are high levels of radon in your home or building.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re here to help. We offer Colorado’s best radon testing and radon mitigation services, helping clients ranging from new homeowners to building owners with all their needs in this area. We welcome comparisons of our services to other radon companies in the area, both because we want all clients to get the very best solutions for their needs and because we’re quite confident that your research here will lead you right back to us. What are some of the important things you should be asking about as you research your options for radon testing and/or mitigation? Here are several to keep in mind.
Ask About Licensure
First and foremost, the trade of radon testing and mitigation is a regulated one. In Colorado, this means that there are specific requirements for licensure by the state. Any professional or company you’re considering working with should be able to readily provide you with their license information upon request.
On the flip side, any professional or company that hesitates to provide this information or tries to avoid the question altogether is likely not operating with the proper licensure. This should be an immediate red flag and you’ll want to look elsewhere for your radon needs.
Down similar lines, you simply should never consider working with any radon testing or mitigation company that does not carry the proper levels of insurance. This is vital for protecting you as a client in case of any accidents or damages that might occur during the work being done on your property.
As with licensure, any company worth working with will have no problem whatsoever providing you with their insurance information. If they hesitate or avoid the topic, that should raise a red flag and you’ll want to move on to another company.
In any industry, experience is important. But in the world of radon testing and mitigation, it’s absolutely vital. This is not an area where you want to be working with someone who is still learning the ropes.
When you’re talking with a prospective company or contractor, ask about their experience level. How long have they been in business? How many homes and buildings have they worked on? Do they have any specialized training or certifications?
The answers to these questions will give you a much better idea of whether or not a given company is up to the task of meeting your needs.
Reviews and Word of Mouth
You shouldn’t simply take a radon contractor at their word for any of the information we’ve discussed so far. Always take the time to do your own research, whether that means reading online reviews or talking with friends, family, and others who have worked with radon contractors in the past.
These sources can give you some great insights into what it’s actually like to work with a given company. Were they able to meet the customer’s needs? Did they stick to their quoted price? How was the overall experience? You can learn a lot about a company by hearing what others have to say about their work.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re proud to say that we consistently receive great reviews and word of mouth recommendations. We invite you to do your own research and see for yourself what others have had to say about our work.
Of course, you’ll also want to get a feel for pricing as you’re considering different radon contractors. In general, you should always be wary of any company that quoted you a price without first coming out to take a look at your property and assess the work that needs to be done.
Every home or building is different, which means that every radon job will require a unique approach. A company that doesn’t bother to come out and take a look before providing you with a quote is likely not going to be able to provide you with the best possible service.
Another possible red flag in the pricing area: A company that offers a price so much lower than its competitors that it seems too good to be true — in which case, it often is. This typically indicates that the company is cutting corners somewhere, whether that means using lower quality materials or not taking the time to do the job properly.
Politeness and Your Impression
Finally, while it may not be the first or only thing on your mind, it’s always important to pay attention to the way you’re treated by a prospective radon contractor. Are they polite? Do they seem like they’re truly interested in helping you or are they just trying to get the job and move on?
Your gut impression of a company can tell you a lot about whether or not they’re truly committed to providing quality service. If you don’t feel good about a company after talking with them, it’s probably best to move on and look elsewhere.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we understand how important it is to find the right radon contractor for your needs. We hope that this guide has given you some insights on this process. If you have any questions or want to learn more about any of our high-quality radon testing or mitigation services, speak to our team today.