How to Protect Yourself When You Choose a Business on HappyAnt.ca
HappyAnt.ca connects you with professional businesses in your area. However, not all businesses are the same so you need to make sure that you choose the right one for the job. There are various ways to protect yourself when you choose a business on our website.
How can you tell the difference between an impostor and a certified business? Conducting your own research and asking questions can certainly help. Before you start interviewing potential businesses, you have to find them first. Educate yourself on the project, so you will have an idea of the expertise that you will need for the job.
For instance, if the project involves installing a new roof, you need to look for a business with experience in roof repair and installation. Describe your job on HappyAnt, quote a price and wait for potential businesses. After you received quotes from different businesses, you may check first their quote, portfolio and reviews. Based on existing information make sure each candidate carries insurance and license. Ask these questions.
What about the license?
Ask the business if they are licensed in your province or city. If they have a license, get the number of the licensing office in your area to validate their claim. You can also check the Consumer Protection of the province and Better Business Bureau to know what is needed to obtain a license in your province.
Do you have any insurance?
Don’t forget to ask the business if they have any insurance. If they do have one, ask them what it is. Businesses may have workman’s compensation, personal and property liability, auto and general liability insurance. You don’t want to have any financial or legal responsibility should an accident occur during the project, so ask for a copy of their insurance.
How many years have you been in business?
Ask businesses about how long they have been in business. A company that has been serving clients for more 3 years is usually seen as a stable and reliable business. Check their portfolio on HappyAnt to see references from their previous jobs. Use the references on HappyAnt to check their reliability, work history and ability to complete the project within the schedule and budget.
Can you give me a detailed estimate?
You want an itemized estimate. It should include the materials, overhead, schedule and labor. Compare the quotes you got on HappyAnt from other businesses. You can also check the businesses portfolio. Most businesses have before and after photos of their previous work. Look through their portfolio to get an idea of their abilities and the kind of work they do.
It is important to ensure that the business stands behind their work. It’s not difficult to find answers to these questions since most on HappyAnt registered businesses have their own portfolios that you can check out. If you really want to find a reliable business, it is best that you base your decision from the feedback of those who have experienced the service of the business you’re interested in.