When running any type of facility you know that at times you have to choose contractors to do the things that you or your staff cannot do.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing contractors.
Know Their Experience
How much experience your contractor has in his (or her) job is important because with vast experience comes the ability to do the job well, do it according to the regulations, and do the job safer. Find out how long your contractor has been doing the type of work you need and it is always a good idea to get references. If you are not comfortable asking them for their references, check things like their reviews online if any, ask others who have used them, or check places that take complaints like the Better Business Bureau (in the United States).
Check Their License
In the United States, you must have a license to provide maintenance services to a healthcare facility and this is determined through the Department of Health and Human Services as well as others. While a contractor must have a license in the first place, you want to make sure that they have one for healthcare facilities in specific so that you are getting the work done by code and that the contractor is aware of how things are done properly.
Confirm Safety Standards
Does the contractor that you want to choose use a containment unit? This is a must in some in certain types of facilities due to the dust and debris flying around sick people. Check to see what their protocol is on providing services while ensuring that the patients are kept safe.
Get More Than One Quote
Last but not least, money is important. While you want to be sure to get the best service around, you do not want to pay the highest price. The same thing goes with getting a good price while getting quality work. Make sure to compare bids with various contractors so that you have a good idea of a median price for the job and that you have a choice in picking the right person for the job.
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