5 French Drain Sales Tactics to Avoid in New Jersey
How to choose a Basement Waterproofing Contractor
Before you hire a Basement Waterproofing contractor you should check their references. The easiest way to do this is online through the Better Business Bureau (BBB).The BBB will give the consumer free information about the company. How long they have been in business and how many comaplints have been filed against them are important. The BBB has taken all the information they posess and consolidated it into a Rating System based on Grade School. Companies are graded from a high of A+ to a low of F.
Here is A-1 Basement Solutions BBB Rating:
Phone: (908) 322-1313 Fax: (888) 249-7969 View Additional Phone Numbers 2566 Plainfield Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 http://www.a-1basements.com
The BBB in your State has already done your homework for you.Now that you know about the rating system; why would you ever consider hiring a comapay with less than an "A"?
Some basement waterproofing companies sell French Drains and sump pumps with sales tactics that consumers should be aware of so they can avoid such companies.
The top 5 French drain high pressure sales tactics are:
- Both homeowners MUST be present. If the company insists both homeowners must be at home to hear about the French Drain and sump pump, be prepared for the hard sell and high pressure sales tactics. They are not going to be sending a basement inspector to your home; they are going to send a closer. If the car salesman approach is not something you are comfortable with, eliminate that contractor from consideration.
- Drastic price reduction to imply a savings. There is a company that does a 3 hour sales pitch. They start out by telling you that your home needs to be waterproofed from the outside as well as the inside. This is going to cost you $37,000. Then when they say you could just do the French drain on the inside and drop the price to $17,000, it is supposed to make you feel like you are getting a bargain. Usually the $17,000 job is something that would be done by A-1 Basement Solutions for $6-7,000
- Coupons. If they give you a “$1,000 off” coupon for their French Drain, doesn’t that mean they just raised the price by a thousand dollars so they could lower it? If you don’t have the coupon, do you have to pay $1,000 more, or is it just a ploy?
- Price Drops. The salesman who keeps dropping the price in repeated attempts to get you to sign a French Drain contract NOW might not have your best interests in mind. The red flag should go up immediately if you are offered a greatly discounted price only if you sign today. If the guy keeps dropping, how do you know when it’s the bottom or Real Price?
- Do the work tomorrow. Avoid a company that wants to install the French Drain and sump pump tomorrow for a lower price. One company says: “we have our big commercial work crew nearby doing a job tomorrow and could save you a bundle if you do the work immediately.” Your Consumer Protection Laws states that: “You the buyer may cancel this transaction at any time before midnight of the third business day after receiving a copy of this contract.” The reason that law is in effect is for your protection against unscrupulous sales practices.
“Caveat Emptor” is Latin for “Let the buyer beware”.
A good contractor who is licensed and insured should be offering referrals for your consideration and not sales gimmicks.
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