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Akron locksmith Services

Tags: locksmith

(330) 863-8947

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

The best thing about working with Akron Locksmith Services is that you get everything we offer with one simple phone call! Our Akron Locksmith professionals provide responsive, fine quality hardware and services for home, auto and business locksmith ...
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1732 E Waterloo Rd, #13

Akron, OH 44306

RFD Services

Tags: roofing company

(330) 607-7313

Last Updated:
April 16th, 2018

RFD Services is a certified roofing contractor. We have pledged that each customer will receive the best and safest choice in roofing. We proudly install brand new residential roofs in 1-3 days and commercial roofs are professionally installed in a ...
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428 W Turkeyfoot Lake Rd

Akron, OH 44319

Akron Carpet

Tags: Carpet

(330) 281-4187

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2018

Akron Carpet Store has been around for quite a while providing its superior services and immense expertise to all its valued customers. The quality and value of our work cannot be matched by any of our competitors because our team puts in an immense ...
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2561 Thurmont Rd

Akron, OH 44313

Akron Fence Company

Tags: Akron Fence Company

(330) 752-8968

Last Updated:
January 2nd, 2018

Akron Fence Company provides residential and commercial fences across the Akron, OH area.
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291 Duer Ct

Akron, OH 44311

Carpet Cleaner Pros

Tags: carpet cleaning service

(234) 203-5083

Last Updated:
November 12th, 2016

The Carpet Cleaner Pros is a certified, professional carpet cleaning company serving the Akron, OH area. Services include residential carpet cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning, spot and stain removal, pet odor removal and upholstery cleaning.
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520 S. Main Street, Suite 2511-X

Akron, OH 44311

Akron Painters

Tags: akron painter

(330) 483-7487

Last Updated:
September 6th, 2016

Akron Painters provides high quality and affordable painting services to the akron area.Whether its residential or commercial, give us a call today for a free estimate!
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1340 Weathervane Lane 3D

Akron, OH 44313

Akron Restoration Experts

Tags: Akron Water Damage

(330) 281-4088

Last Updated:
August 22nd, 2016

24/7 Flood & Water Damage Remediation Service! We cover water removal, toxic mold extraction and fire/smoke damage! Call us.
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209 South Main St. Suite 710

Akron, OH 44308

Bath Home Improvement

Tags: Home Repairs and Professional Handyman Services

(330) 800-1670

Last Updated:
July 27th, 2016

Bath, Ohio Home Repairs and Professional Handyman Services.
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60 Valentine Farms Ln.

Akron, OH 44333

Akron's Best Electrician

Tags: electrician

(330) 754-2727

Last Updated:
July 21st, 2016

If you are looking for a simple home repair, to a complete electrical system overhaul, and everything in between, Akron's Best Electrician is here to serve you. Our professional and courteous staff always strive to please the customer in every circum...
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3465 S. Arlington Rd. Suite E #208

Akron, OH 44312

Best Akron Plumbing

Tags: Plumbers

(330) 577-5582

Last Updated:
June 16th, 2016

Best Akron Plumbing is the top choice when it comes to any plumbing issue. Best Akron Plumbing does its best to leave every customer satisfied and coming back the next time they need a plumbing service. Contact us today at (330) 577-5582 to get a fre...
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1700 W Market St #224

Akron, OH 44313



How to Hire a Contractor in Akron OH You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Akron OH can be nerve-racking. This is especially true if it's a specialized project where you don't have the opportunity to develop a long-term relationship. While there is always a chance that you can get ripped off, the good news is that most Akron contractors out there are honest people that care about providing good service. Here are the things to look for to make sure that the contractor you choose fits that description.

Licensed in Akron OH

Depending on the type of work to be performed and your location, a home contractor may or may not be required to be licensed. However, most cities and states do require or at least allow businesses to register their names with the state and local government. If a license or other registration is required, not using a contractor that hasn't complied with the requirement is a no brainer. Even if it isn't required, being able to confirm the identity of a contractor and having a way to track them down if something goes wrong is definitely beneficial.

Bonded in Akron OH

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a OH or Akron agency to provide a source of funds to pay claims against a contractor. Like with licensing, bonds may or may not be required depending on the type or work and local laws. Bonding does provide a huge layer of protection because if a contractor performs poorly or doesn't complete the job, there is a guaranteed source of money to recover from. While you can always sue in court with or without a bond, a contractor who has gone out of business or disappeared without finishing the job is practically impossible to recover from if no bond was posted.

Insured in Akron OH

Accidents happen to even the best Akron contractors, and could include workers getting hurt, injuries to neighbors or people walking by your property, or property damage to a neighbor's or your own home or vehicles. Depending on the circumstances, your homeowner's policy may or may not cover the damages. If it does, you will still likely be out of the deductible and face a premium increase. A good contractor will be insured so that they can take full responsibility for any damages that arise out of mishaps during their work.

Price Quotes

Price quotes are less black and white. A good Akron contractor will often be reluctant to provide a firm quote for a complex project over the phone because your home's layout or other factors can greatly affect what it will take to complete the project. To best get a feel for whether a contractor is being honest, ask questions about what could affect the price, what materials are needed, and how much time they expect the project to take. Talk to several contractors before choosing.

Depending on the nature of the project, some contractors will only give a firm quote after a home visit. They may charge a small fee for the visit because providing a good quote can be time-consuming. Don't skip a contractor who won't provide a free estimate unless you know there are several contractors in the area who do make it a standard practice to provide free estimates for similar work.

Once your quotes are in, be wary of choosing the low bidder. A slightly competitive price may be good, but if it low balls the other quotes by a lot, there is a good chance that you will receive poor work or have the contractor later trying to charge you additional fees.

Contract

Always get your price quote in writing before any work begins. A good contract should include the project deadline, whether materials are covered, what happens if expected costs change, a specific description of the work to be performed, and what happens if the work is late or unsatisfactory. A good contractor will want a good contract because it ensures they are on the same page as the customer so that they can provide good service, and it also protects them from customers who fail to pay or raise frivolous disputes.

References in Akron OH

Always check references -- both online and offline. The best way to find a good Akron contractor is to ask your friends and neighbors if they recommend anyone. Good contractors often get most of their business by word of mouth. When you search online, the main thing you're looking for is a string of complaints about a contractor. This is the most common reason people leave online reviews.

Positive online reviews are less useful because people are less likely to make time to leave them, they can easily be faked, and sites such as Angie's List may even require the Akron contractor to pay before they are posted. If you didn't get any personal recommendations and the online feedback about a contractor is at least neutral, the best thing to do is to ask them for references you can contact and doing the rest of the due diligence outlined above.