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Buying Solar Panels

  • Jan 23 / 2013
Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

Installing solar panels has become popular among homeowners that want an efficient and smart home. It’s important that every household has a safe power system that will work efficiently and effectively for many years. So if you’re considering installing solar panels then you should focus on hiring a contractor who can be fully trusted to do the right thing. So what should you look for when searching for your installer?


To be sure your power system is safe and works effectively, make certain that the contractor you hire has the appropriate qualifications and certifications required for your location. There are plenty of people ready to con you, so take a very close look at how well educated and trained the contractors are who are offering you their services. Remember, this is your power supply and certain licenses to work with electricity will be required. Call up your local council and find out all you can about what the requirements are for installing solar panels and who is qualified to do the work. 


Although it can be time consuming, getting a number of quotes is an excellent way to ensure you don’t pay more than is necessary for the job to be completed. Many con men will be deterred if you tell them up front that you’re seeking several quotes and will be making a decision over the coming days. This won’t guarantee that you’ll avoid all con men, but it’s one step in helping to deter the lazy opportunists.

Steer clear of companies who attempt to charge you for a quote. Most companies will gladly survey your property for free. They will in the effort to understand the job completely so they can provide you with a solid quote. Once you have a short list of who you might want to move forward with, take some extra time to research. Check online reviews from trusted sources, contact customers who have provided testimonials, or ask the company for some addresses of properties they’ve fitted so you can see their work. 

Beware of Finance

Beware of any finance plans that solar providers are offering. Read the fine print and be certain you completely understand what you’re signing. If the finance includes things such as high interest or balloon payment schemes, then be very careful. It could make more sense to consider a home improvement loan from your bank. Check around to see what’s being offered in the way of discounts and rebates.

Lastly, make sure to use good common sense. If you receive a very low quote this could indicate that the company doesn’t have enough experience. On the other hand, a very high quote will show that the provider is unaware of the going rate in your area. Another way to spot a less than perfect solar contractor is when they appear unwilling to answer your probing questions around their qualifications. If you’re hesitant then trust your instincts and move on to an alternative contractor.

By being thorough in your research for a quality solar panel installer you will avoid con men that could end up costing you thousands of dollars unnecessarily. A little bit of research and patience will go a long way in making sure you don’t get ripped off. Ensuring that you get a home fitted with solar panels at a reasonable price, within a reasonable time frame, and that are built to last.

About the Author: Tauseef Hussain is a media blogger and writes for AQVA Bathrooms, the on-line store for designer heating system. You can interact with Tauseef Hussain on twitter @usef4u.

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