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Local business listings for Alexandria, VA

Bath Plus Kitchen Design Remodel

Tags: Remodeling Alexandria VA

(703) 755-0479

Last Updated:
October 10th, 2018

‘Bath Plus Kitchen Design Remodel’ was brought to life by Eric Shipe in 2014, who is himself an experienced house remodeling expert. You could now get an expert assistance in remodeling your kitchen and bathroom with the designs and elements you desi...
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1215 King St

Alexandria, VA 22314

HighWay Roll Up Gate

Tags: Emergency 24 Hour rolling gate & roll up doors repair

(703) 213-5234

Last Updated:
October 5th, 2018

We specialize in gate repair services and never leave the premises before we test the movement of the door, the efficiency of the sensors and the safety of the operation. We are not only experienced in Roll up Gate Maintenance but care to keep you ...
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650 Potomac Ave

Alexandria, VA 22301

V & A Rolling Gate Services

Tags: Emergency 24 Hour rolling gate & roll up doors repair

(703) 213-5232

Last Updated:
October 5th, 2018

We specialize in gate repair services and never leave the premises before we test the movement of the door, the efficiency of the sensors and the safety of the operation. We are not only experienced in Roll up Gate Maintenance but care to keep you ...
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3001 Park Center Dr

Alexandria, VA 22302

Emergency Rolling Gate Team

Tags: Emergency 24 Hour rolling gate & roll up doors repair

(703) 213-5230

Last Updated:
October 4th, 2018

We specialize in gate repair services and never leave the premises before we test the movement of the door, the efficiency of the sensors and the safety of the operation. We are not only experienced in Roll up Gate Maintenance but care to keep you ...
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1204 S Washington St

Alexandria, VA 22314

Ultimate Remodel LLC

Tags: kitchen remodeling

(703) 200-7100

Last Updated:
June 8th, 2018

With over a decade of experience, Ultimate Remodel has satisfied hundreds of clients in the DC Metro area… We are a family-owned and operated company with a solid understanding of the remodeling business. The quality of our work is top-notch, and eac...
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5703 General Washington Dr

Alexandria, VA 22312

Tree Service & Removal of Alexandria

Tags: tree service

(703) 844-3294

Last Updated:
May 28th, 2018

Tree Service & Removal of Alexandria has been proudly providing tree removal, trimming, cutting & stump services to all of Northern Virginia for over 5 years and continues to deliver on the promise of extremely high quality, precise and safe work at ...
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1602 Belle View Blvd - 3068B

Alexandria, VA 22307

MoldHackers, LLC

Tags: Mold Testing & Inspections

(571) 278-8319

Last Updated:
April 21st, 2018

We test and inspect your mold types and levels via air and direct swab sampling that are overnighted to an AIHA lab called Seeml.com where they write up a lengthy report with everything down to the number of spores of each type was found per cu meter...
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2825 Fairhaven Ave.#103

Alexandria, VA 22303

Frog Fill Designs,LLC

Tags: Interior Design

(703) 597-3385

Last Updated:
April 3rd, 2018

Our interior design work in Alexandria VA will Blow you away. Let us bring your vision to life with the best Interior Designer in Alexandria VA Betsy Stires. Frog Hill Designs has over 20 years of experience in interior design.
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400 Madison Street, No. 501

Alexandria, VA 22314

Flood Damage Pro

Tags: water damage restoration

(703) 872-7845

Last Updated:
February 21st, 2018

It doesn't matter whether your basement flooded from the rain or a pipe burst, you'd better call Flood Damage Pro of Alexandria, VA! Our technicians will get to your location quickly and immediately start working to minimize the damage and to prevent...
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1555 King St

Alexandria, VA 22314

Tek Renovations

Tags: kitchen and bathroom remodeling

(703) 888-7743

Last Updated:
January 6th, 2018

Our family-owned and operated company, Tek Renovations, is a premier home improvement company in VA. While we operate out of VA, we are also fully licensed and insured to service Washington DC. If you need any home improvements done, get in touch wit...
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6216 Ruby Virginia Ct

Alexandria, VA 22310



How to Hire a Contractor in Alexandria VA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Alexandria VA 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 Alexandria 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 Alexandria VA

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 Alexandria VA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a VA or Alexandria 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 Alexandria VA

Accidents happen to even the best Alexandria 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 Alexandria 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 Alexandria VA

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