If you own a restaurant, cafe, or any other commercial business, you must hire reliable and experienced service providers. Especially when dealing with compliance services like backflow tests and grease pump-outs.
But getting the right person and a good deal can be difficult. Below we have outlined some tips you can follow to ensure you get the right provider for your business.
Confirm Certifications, License, and Insurance
Review prospective providers’ certifications. They must have a state license and know how to follow regulator guidelines to ensure you comply. You will come across plenty of companies that only have the minimum state requirements, so be thorough.
The provider you choose should also be able to guarantee their work through a bond. The bond will protect your business should the work be inadequate, lead to damage, or not be in compliance with state regulations.
Finally, make sure that the company carries liability and compensation insurance. Most commercial buildings need providers to have liability insurance to protect the property if damage occurs. Workers’ compensation will also ensure that your business is legally protected should a worker injury occur.
Check Reviews and Experience
You want to hire providers with experience and a good reputation. If a service provider has been in business for several years, it is a good sign that they are reliable and provide quality.
Also, make sure they have commercial experience. If a service provider has not handled commercial work before, they may not have the expertise or equipment to complete correctly.
If the provider has a team under them, make sure whoever comes to complete the job has the same experience and qualifications.
Regardless of their years in business, you always want to make sure that they have good reviews. Ask other business owners for recommendations or read reviews online. Today, most service providers have an online presence, so you should be able to find all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Pay attention to the written reviews, and see if you can spot any commonalities throughout, both positive and negative. Also, pay attention to how providers respond to these reviews. This will be a good indication of their transparency and temperament.
Get Multiple Quotes
Try and get quotes from multiple providers to help get the best deal without sacrificing quality. If possible, get a quote as opposed to an estimate to keep things simple. Also, make sure that the quote is in writing. Some providers do charge a fee for quotes, so be sure to ask first.
Remember, the cheapest quote does not mean the best deal. If a provider offers a much lower rate than their competition, it may be a sign that they will skip corners or use inferior parts. Of course, pay attention to price, but you should base your decision on proven quality and experience.
Taking the time to find the right provider will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Choose Someone Local
When dealing with commercial services, you should try and hire locally if possible. Each state has its requirements for carrying out certain services, so you want a local provider that will carry out the job to the letter of the law. Not only that but hiring local will save you money on traveling fees and save the provider time.
Sign up to the SwiftQuote Marketplace
Having worked with businesses across the country, we know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all your compliance requirements. That’s why we created SwiftQuote, a free marketplace to help business owners find, compare, and book trusted providers.
To start getting free quotes, all you have to do is tell us what services you need, your location, price range, and any other requirements.
SwiftQuote service providers will then be able to bid on your job or reach out to get more information. You can compare quotes, profiles, and reviews, then hire the pro that’s right for you.