Making the switch to solar energy for your home is a big decision. It’s a significant investment that you’re planning will pay dividends years down the road. While solar panel companies in Delaware seem to be popping up all over the place, they’re not all the same. Each has something that sets it apart from the competition, so it’s important you choose the company that’s right for you and your needs. We understand how important this is, so our team at Star Enrg has put together five tips for choosing a company to install your solar panels.
Get multiple quotes
Choosing a solar panel company based on price alone is never a good idea. Remember that you often get what you pay for. Although, at the same time, you’re not always going to get the best product or services by going with the most expensive option. It’s recommended that you get at least three quotes to compare products, available services, and customer service records. For instance, one company might sell the best available solar panels on the market, but they don’t install them. Weigh your options while considering aspects that are appealing to you about different companies.
Look at previous jobs
There’s nothing wrong with asking to see a company’s previous work. The same applies to solar panel companies. Ask to see previous installation jobs and find out what kind of output they estimate those homes will get. You want to do everything you can to maximize your solar panel output, so you need to work with a company that can help you with that.
Verify licensing and insurance
Not everybody who sells or installs solar panels is licensed or insured. Having a licensed installer perform work for you is essential as many solar panel manufacturers have strict guidelines that much be adhered to if you’re going to keep warranties intact. Installers who aren’t licensed put you at risk of having warranties voided and missing out on valuable rebates.
In addition to verifying licensure, make sure the company is insured. There’s a tremendous amount of risk of having a crew climb up on your roof to install solar panels. Remember that if somebody gets injured while on your property, you could be accountable for paying the medical bills.
Performs their own installations
Verify with the company that will be performing the installation. It’s not unusual for companies to save money on payroll by contracting out solar panel installations. Have a conversation with the company to find out whether they have their own crews or if they’ll hire someone else to complete the installation. This is valuable information as you could be hiring a company licensed to sell panels, but their contractors aren’t licensed to install. What’s more, they’re not likely to have the kind of control of the workmanship of a crew if the work is hired out. You could have trouble getting the crew to come out to perform maintenance or repairs on shoddy work.
Read customer reviews
You can get a good idea of what it’s like to work with a company by reading reviews left by previous customers. You’ll get to know things about the installation process that you might not have originally thought about, as well as learn things about the companies that others did or didn’t like. Consider that not everybody has the same expectations when working with solar panel companies. For instance, one person might feel constant communication regarding their installation is overbearing and annoying when you prefer it.
Contact us to learn more
You can learn more about solar panel companies in Delaware by getting in touch with our team at Star Enrg. Give us a call today at 302-397-8917 to schedule an assessment from our team. You can also send your inquiries via our online contact form.