Investing in outdoor lighting for your Winter Park home is a great way to add elegance to your property, as well as a measure of safety. When you decide to hire someone to install landscape lighting, you want to do business with a company you know, like and trust. Trust is defined as the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of a person or thing. Integrity is the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.
Don’t you want a landscape lighting contractor to possess these traits, if you’re going to hire him to work on your most valued possession? Of course, you do! After all, nothing is quite as important when dealing with any contractor you hire to enhance your home.
Unfortunately, there are too many fly-by-night, unlicensed contractors operating in the state of Florida who will tell you what you want to hear to get the job, but wind up disappointing you in the end. An outdoor lighting contractor may seem knowledgeable and professional at first, but you’ll quickly find out why he charged you a lower price than the other contractors you obtained quotes from.
Never trust a landscape lighting contractor who:
– Isn’t licensed and insured. A licensed professional has been subjected to a background check by the state. The contractor has had his finances, capability and insurance status reviewed. Everything must be in order for the state to issue a license. A license gives a consumer a level of assurance that the contractor is knowledgeable. You can also trust that the contractor takes his job seriously, since he is willing to spend the time, money and effort to obtain a license. You can verify an individual is licensed by visiting myfloridalicense.com.
– Submits an extremely low bid. It’s wise to seek at least three bids from outdoor lighting contractors before hiring someone to work on your property. Have an idea in mind about what you want before getting an estimate, so the contractor can give an accurate quote. The Better Business Bureau suggests using the same specifications, materials and labors for each bid so you can compare “apples to apples” before making a decision. Keep in mind that the cheapest deal is rarely the best deal. The contractor may be cutting corners. He may not have insurance, may use poor quality lighting fixtures and lamps, or may pay his employees under the table.
The bottom line is that you need to choose a contractor with integrity; otherwise, you’ll have no basis for a successful outdoor lighting project. Sometimes, it just comes down to trusting your instincts. If you get a bad vibe from an individual, or he doesn’t return your phone calls, it’s time to find someone else to do the work for your Winter Park home.
To learn more about Elegant Custom Images and our landscape lighting services, contact us at 321-217-7822.