By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Many of the large home centers and lumber yards offer an "Installed Price" for the aluminum awnings they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. Ask what's implied in the agreement and if the retailer stands behind the installation. The agreement should clarify the responsibilities of the homeowner, contractor and retailer. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.
If you find the awnings you want online you'll usually find the company will recommend an installer in your area.
If there is no installed price service available for aluminum awnings, this small job could be done by just about any tradesman. It requires the skills of a handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete small home repairs. You'll usually find they advertise in local newspapers and listed as "Handyman Services" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards. To find an installer online type "contractor referral service" in any search engine and you'll find several to choose from.
Plan to call a handyman service when you have more than one job. Often they charge a minimum fee to cover the expense of traveling so make it worthwhile for you and the handyman. If you have to take off work to be home for the repair work, you'll benefit from having more than one job on your house "to do" list checked off.