Every consumer wants choice. And, as is the case with any home improvement project, the first step towards success is learning more about the product and finding a deal that balances both your needs and desires. But the second part – that can be a little bit more tricky.
That’s the part where you choose the person who’s going to be doing the actual installing. Then you’ll have to come up with the money itself. For some – the whole thing can seem overwhelming and that’s why we’re here today – to help bring some clarity to all of the noise. Here’s what you need to do to choose a solar installer:
Step-1 – Just start by getting a feel for what’s out there. Solar isn’t a cut and dry industry anymore and there are tons of options and layouts to choose from. There are the panels and the differences in what they do. There are the batteries and storage options to wade through. There’s control panel boxes, converter boxers – there’s a lot! So get to know it – set aside the things you like the most and wait until it’s time to talk to a pro.
Step-2 – We can’t overstate this enough – DO NOT CHOOSE AN INSTALLER BASED ON THE PRICE ON THE QUOTE SHEET. Yes, price is really important. But the old saying goes – ‘you get what you pay for’ – and the cheapest option almost never the best option – heck, it’s not even a ‘just ok’ option. It’s usually just bad. And ‘bad’ isn’t what you want working in, on, or around your home.
That being said – we do recommend you get quotes from a variety of companies. Even try to wheel and deal a bit, and see if you can get something extra kicked in. There’s also a great deal of power that can be had in comparing quotes side by side. They’ll all vary in a ton of ways – from the price, to the equipment they’ll use, the products they’ll use, the financing options available, etc. So shop around, but be sure to shop around for QUALITY. Not just a quote at the end of the sheet.
Step-3 – Believe it or not, the panels themselves will be the least of your worries before, during and after your panels are installed. Paying for it is. And getting a good deal from your provider is paramount – as not only will it yield the right kinds of savings, but you can get a great deal to boot. You want to get the best deal for you – and just like any other product on the market, you want to see what deals are offered to you.
There are a ton of great resources, of which we’ll share out on this blog eventually – but many that are readily available via simple Google search – that’ll give you lots of the information we’ve discusses as important in this blog. Take a deep breath. Take your time. And you’re already doing the first bit, getting yourself educated. The rest will take care of itself. Good luck!