If I had only one piece of advice to pass on, it would be this: never sign anything without reading the fine print. I have been burned more than once on a deal or contract that seemed entirely fair, only to realize later there were landmines buried in the fine print. I didn’t notice them, and they blew up in my face later! It makes no difference what kind of document we are talking about here, treat them all the same way even if it is something that seems simple. If something seems fishy, then it probably is! Last year when I got my new HVAC system I signed a contract for a 2 year service agreement that would cover inspections and normal repairs for the equipment. I did not read the fine print, where it stated what they considered to be “normal” repairs on HVAC equipment. For them, normal meant replacing air filters and changing the batteries in the thermostat, and that is pretty much it. They indeed inspect the entire HVAC system from top to bottom, including the wires and the ductwork, no complaints there. Once they have listed the problems with the heating and cooling equipment, then they give me a price list for how much it will all cost. I wa sin such a hurry to get my AC installed I just signed the contract without reading it fully. It turns out that normal to an HVAC contractor is radically different from what normal is to me. Thankfully since my AC is very new there won’t be many issues.