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4 tips to help you hire the right service provider

If you own a restaurant, cafe or any other commercial business, you must hire reliable and experienced service providers, especially when dealing with compliance services such as grease pump outs.

Getting the right person at a good price can be difficult, but we have outlined some tips you can follow to ensure you get the right provider for your business.

Confirm certifications and licenses

Review a prospective provider’s certifications. They must be specially trained in grease trap cleaning and a registered waste carrier to dispose of the grease trap waste. An Environmental Health Officer can ask to see evidence that regular cleaning of the grease trap is being conducted and that the waste removed is disposed of by a registered waste carrier. 

Finally, make sure that the company carries liability and compensation insurance. Most commercial buildings need providers to have liability insurance to protect the property if damage occurs. Workers’ compensation will also ensure that your business is legally protected should a worker injury occur.

Check Reviews and Experience

You want to hire service providers with experience and a good reputation. If a service provider has been in business for several years, it is a good sign that they are reliable and provide quality services.

Also, make sure they have commercial experience. If a service provider has not handled commercial work before, they may not have the expertise or equipment to complete correctly. If the provider has a team under them, make sure whoever completes the job has the same experience and qualifications.

Regardless of their years in business, pay attention to their reviews. Ask other business owners for recommendations or read reviews online. Most service providers have an online presence, so you should be able to find the information you need to make an informed decision. See if you can spot any commonalities in these reviews, both positive and negative. Also, pay attention to how providers respond: this will be a good indication of their transparency and temperament.


Get multiple quotes

Try and get quotes from multiple service providers to help get the best deal without sacrificing quality. If possible, get a quote as opposed to an estimate to keep things simple. Also, make sure that the quote is in writing. Some providers do charge a fee for quotes, so be sure to ask first.

Remember, the cheapest quote does not mean the best deal. If a provider offers a much lower rate than their competition, it may be a sign that they will skip corners or use inferior parts. Of course, pay attention to price, but you should base your decision on proven quality and experience.

Taking the time to find the right provider will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.


Sign up to the SwiftQuote Marketplace

Having worked with businesses across the country, we know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all your compliance requirements. That’s why we created SwiftQuote, a free marketplace to help business owners find, compare and book trusted providers.

To start getting free quotes, all you have to do is tell us what services you need, your location, price range and any other requirements.

SwiftQuote service providers will then be able to bid on your job or reach out to get more information. You can compare quotes, profiles, and reviews, then hire the service provider that’s right for you.

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