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Onyx Cleaning Services of Albany

Tags: House cleaning service Albany ny

(518) 423-8960

Last Updated:
September 17th, 2018

Onyx Cleaning Services of Albany is a premier cleaning service provider serving Albany NY and surrounding areas. The agency prides itself on its eco-cleaning practices, unmatched customer care, and the trustworthy cleaners and maids.
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365 3rd Street

Albany, NY 12206

Giuffre Contracting, LLC

Tags: roofing company

(518) 935-4675

Last Updated:
May 16th, 2018

Since 2003 Giuffre Contracting, LLC has been specializing in all exterior home improvements throughout New York’s Capital District area. Based in Albany, NY, we provide a wide range of services such as roofing, siding, seamless gutters, entry doors, ...
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12A 4989 Petra Ln #1

Albany, NY 12205

Capital Region Carpet Cleaning

Tags: carpet cleaning

(518) 350-6002

Last Updated:
April 21st, 2017

Capital Region Carpet Cleaning was founded on a drive to bring the best possible service to the Albany capital district for carpet & upholstery cleaning as well as tile & grout, hardwood floors & stone floor maintenance. Yes, there is a lot of compe...
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8 Palma Blvd

Albany, NY 12203

Home Evolution

Tags: roofing contractors albanyny

(518) 639-7663

Last Updated:
February 7th, 2017

Highest rated roofing, siding and window installation contractor in Albany NY.
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60 Dott Avenue, 101

Albany, NY 12205

Albany Tree & Property Service

Tags: tree service

(518) 366-6758

Last Updated:
October 23rd, 2016

Albany Tree & Property Service is the top tree removal company in Albany, NY. Performing everything from tree trimming to disease management, our professional arborists are ready to take your call.
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911 Central Ave, #278A

Albany, NY 12206

Artificialgrassweb.com

Tags: Artificial grass Artificial turf

(917) 719-5584

Last Updated:
September 16th, 2016

Our Company, Artificial Grass Web was created with the idea of bringing high-quality artificial turf directly to consumers and industry professionals.
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90 State Street STE 700 Office 40

Albany, NY 12207

Top Garage Door Company

Tags: Garage Door Repair Services

(518) 899-4971

Last Updated:
July 22nd, 2016

Top Garage Door Company service most makes and models of overhead garage doors. If you're searching for an ideal service for your garage door for all quite necessities, we are here for you. We offer quick and friendly service for garage doors with ba...
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135 Golden Ridge Road

Albany, NY 12207

Prestige Locksmith Albany

Tags: Plantation Locksmith

(558) 767-4569

Last Updated:
May 10th, 2016

If you're experiencing lockout issues anywhere in the Plantation, Florida area; Prestige Locksmith Albany is here to help. We've been there before too and know what it's like to be locked out of your home, vehicle or business. Our locksmith technicia...
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1566 Central Ave Suite #111

Albany, NY 12206

Tree Removal Albany

Tags: tree service

(518) 730-4009

Last Updated:
May 4th, 2016

Here at Tree Removal Albany we offer the top tree care service in all of upstate NY. Our highly trained employees provide a service that will leave you completely satisfied when the job is done.Tree Removal Albany provides nothing but the best tree r...
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911 Central Ave Suite #348B

Albany, NY 12206

Albany Dumpster Rental

Tags: albany dumpster rental

(518) 300-4522

Last Updated:
April 14th, 2016

Albany Dumpster Rental is the top dumpster rental company in NY, offering the lowest prices around. We have roll off and roll away containers of all sizes for home owners, business owners, contractors, and more. Are you doing home renovation or con...
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69 North Allen Street #3A

Albany, NY 12203



How to Hire a Contractor in Albany NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Albany NY 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 Albany 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 Albany NY

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 Albany NY

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NY or Albany 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 Albany NY

Accidents happen to even the best Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany NY

Always check references -- both online and offline. The best way to find a good Albany 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 Albany 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.