A couple of my dad’s favorite lines were: “You get what you pay for” and “If they are willing to give it away, then it has no value”; no matter how much training or life experience that I have had since the very first time I heard him say those words… it still really is that simple. There is no other investment where these words are more true than Pest Control.
When running a business or even a home in this economy, price is always going to be a top consideration when it comes to the services that you need to protect that investment. Price however should never be the only consideration.
o There is absolutely nothing wrong with some quick startup companies, but most times they lack the training/knowledge and most importantly the experience to be able to make the educated decisions about how to best protect you and your investments long-term…
o It’s easy to put a quick “Band-Aid” fix on the situation but make sure that they are able to project (from experience) the outcome of their approach months and years down the road. It may only be their problem to fix the issue for a week, but you will have to live with the outcome potentially for the rest of your life.
o Ask for examples of how they have been successful in the past using their recommendations.
o If they are gung ho to sell it to you, see if they can support how the same “gung ho” approach has worked for some of their other customers in the past.
o Anyone that has ever approached me by saying “go with me….I am cheaper than the other guy”, has always ended up being interested in just one thing: A Quick Buck.
o Put simply, Cheap Now could cost you a fortune later.
o If things are going well with your pest control company and the only thing that the other guys “salesmen” can offer is a cheaper price, consider the potential costs if and when their cheaper processes and procedures fail.
o Reliable for example has been asked to come back in to help many of our ex-customers over the last 4 years who saw the brass ring of cheaper pest control and then months later felt the burn of improper treatment techniques or Inferior chemicals…
o Contact your local health departments, while they cannot tell you who to choose they can objectively advise you as to what to look for in a pest control company and what to stay far away from.
o Don’t fall for the “My supervisor has been doing this for years” line… While that approach is cheaper for a small company, in order to be certain that the individual in your home has been through all of the necessary training to apply chemicals in and around your home, he or she must follow state safety guidelines; or your pets, home and family could be in danger!
o Reliable Pest Solutions technicians are not only certified to treat your home or business, but our senior management is also qualified and certified to perform State Recertification training for pest control technicians from any company in multiple states.
o Some companies will rope you in with a cheaper price, only to charge exorbitant amounts if and when they have to come back to perform re-treats.
o Get this information before you sign anything…
o For example, “The Reliable Promise” of 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on our “You’re Covered and You’re Covered Plus” programs states that “Your services are fully warranted for the covered pests. If you continue to see pest activity, we will return and retreat at no additional charge”.
o This added value makes all of our programs stand out when compared to the increasing costs charged by other companies for repeated visits.
o Plus if they have to keep coming back, (whether it is free or not) you have to start asking yourself “WHY?”…
o Reliable believes in our treatment processes and trained experienced technicians enough to guarantee that if your problem persists we will come back for free. That is a clear example of value versus price!
o Not only from the pest control provider themselves but ask other customers that live in your area.
o If you own a business, contact similar businesses in your area. Most if not all of them will tell you who you should use and who you should avoid.
o ASK RELIABLE… Our staff is specifically trained notto “bash” the competition but to clearly understand and be able to give advice about our competitors based on our 75 years of experience in your communities.
o Remember… It is not about who is cheaper, it’s about who has done a better job for them. And yes it can be both, especially when you weigh in cost versus value.
o Again, it is not about the price, it is about choosing a company that has proven over many years in business to have the training, knowledge and experience to protect you and your investments. Pest control is always going to be one of those bills that seems like an unnecessary investment, or one that you can skimp on for the lowest buck. However, if pest control is overlooked entirely or in some cases just done poorly; it can potentially cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business as well as pose potential threats to your family’s health and the environment…
Reliable Pest Solutions has been protecting your home, health and the environment for the last 75 years. Give us a call today and we will help you compare “Actual” costs versus the “Real” value.
Job title: Service Technician
First car: 1998 Chrysler Concorde
Favorite movie: "Happy Gilmore"
Hobbies: Tennis, soccer, coaching the youth (in life and soccer)
Favorite band: REO Speedwagon
Favorite food: Fried catfish and mushrooms
The National Tom Sawyer Days Parade and events in Hannibal this year were a HUGE success for us and as you can see we all had a fantastic time with an impressive turnout!
What a TEAM!!! We had more helpers (including employees and family) than what we expected... It seemed like everyone wanted to come out to celebrate our 75 years in business in this years parade... THANKS TEAM RELIABLE!
Some of the parade participants were only 3 months old!
Thanks again to all of the employees and more importantly to the families for participating in this years parade! Great Turnout Gang!
Good season for our Reliable softball team!
Special thanks to Kevin Nichelson for coaching the team.