The Yellow Pages are one of the best resources to go to when you need any type of help. You may need to find a company to provide a service or to handle your specific emergency. When you do not have a lot of time to compare providers and to get quotes, but need service right away, it can seem a bit daunting. After all, how do you choose the one company that can meet your needs 100 percent of the time just by reading an advertisement provided by the business? There are a few tips that can help you to do just that.
Read What the Ad Says
It seems simple but look deeper into what the ad says when considering the company. For example, the Yellow Pages ad may read that the company offers free quotes. This is something that will benefit most people. In an emergency, though, how will you be able to schedule such a thing? One way around it is to simply call the company and ask for an estimate over the phone instead. By describing your problem in detail, you may be able to get a better price range (though specifics are unlikely here.)
Look at the ad for information regarding experience. This is not always spelled out for you, though. Here are a few things to consider:
Does the company list how long it has been in business? That is a good thing, but you are looking for actual experience in the specific problem or service you have. That may be different.
If you need service for a more modern problem, such as help for your energy efficient car, do seek out those ads that specifically promise this type of care. Do not assume that any company can meet more modern technology demands like this.
Look for a guarantee or a warranty. Not all types of providers can offer this but if it is something that fits within the specific needs of your repair or task, then expect a mention of it in the advertisement. Turn to a company that is willing to give you a guarantee on the quality of the service provided. That reduces your risks.
Not all companies operate all the time. If you need emergency service, ensure the company mentions it is available for this. However, know that you will pay more for service providers who have to come to your home or business during off hours or very quickly. If your task can wait a day, call and schedule a service for 24 to 48 hours out. That way, you will pay less by avoiding the emergency costs.
In many cases, the Yellow Pages ads can provide you with the information you need to make a fast decision regarding the repairs or services that you need. Do not underestimate the ability of a company to get the job done when they promise experience and expertise. However, look for the company that can meet all of your needs and says so right in their advertisements.