Need help finding a contractor?
The Home Energy Savings (HES) program partners with contractors to familiarize them with our program requirements and ensure their qualifying customers receive an incentive. Once a contractor is signed up as an HES program trade ally, they have the knowledge necessary to perform home energy upgrades in accordance with HES program requirements and are prepared to assist customers in applying for HES program incentives. An HES program trade ally can be a contractor, plumber or retailer who sells or installs qualifying equipment or performs services for home energy efficiency upgrades.
Regardless of any "special deal" offered up by a trade ally to work on your home, ask for three quotes from three different trade allies before proceeding with the work.
This process will serve you well in selecting a reputable trade ally.
When securing your three quotes, be sure to give all trade allies exactly the same description of the work you want, including instructions regarding the specifications required by your utility to qualify for any utility incentives. Have it written into your contract.
Compare the specifications provide by each trade ally against the utility programs and among the trade allies providing the quotes. If they vary, ask for an explanation.
Ask your trade allies for references, make a few calls – it's always recommended. Ask for all trade allies to provide proof of their contractor's license and proof of insurance. Do a licensee check and verification by accessing the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, DOPL's, Web site: www.dopl.utah.gov. Click on "Licensing," then "Verify a License." You will be able to search by contractor name, business name, or license number. (Note: some contractors are licensed under the business name, rather than their individual name.)
Be sure you get a written contract that covers all your project requirements including types of materials or equipment specifications, costs, clean-up and warranties. Don't be shy about modifying a trade ally’s standard agreement to make sure all expectations are clear and called out in the contract. If you don't understand the agreement, don't sign it! Obtain a signed lien release prior to payment. Ask all contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working on your project to sign lien releases prior to paying them for completed services.
You're in charge, it's your home and money, so make sure you are getting what you are contracting for.