Avoid costly heat and air conditioning repairs
Surprises can be fun, but not when that surprise involves the price you pay to have your home furnace or air conditioning system repaired.
Here's the problem: In most cases, you won't be able to get an upfront price quote, because that depends on what the tech finds when he or she gets to your house. But you should ask what that company charges to show up and give you a written estimate.
That advice is from Kevin Brasler, executive editor of Checkbook Magazine.
"So if they charge you $100 to show up and that includes 30 minutes of work that's fine, just make sure you know that in advance and make sure you talk to the worker when he or she arrives, so you both know what the charge is going to be," says Brasler.
And if it takes more than the allotted time for that initial house call, what will they charge you for that?
"It's just better to have in writing what it's going to cost up front, that way there are no surprises later on," says Brasler.
The best thing to do is to get that repair person to write down what's wrong and how long it will take to fix and what the job will cost.
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