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Local business listings for Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor Carpet and Floors

Tags: Carpet Flooring

(734) 720-8563

Last Updated:
April 15th, 2018

We are the best Carpet and Flooring Company in the Metro Detroit Area. We come to your home or business and provide free estimates and measure for accuracy. We will also bring samples to your home. Because we buy mill-direct, we can pass the savings ...
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2232 South Main Street #385

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Ann Arbor MI Garage Door Repair

Tags: garage door repair

(734) 375-6505

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2017

Whether you need a garage door replacement or a routine annual inspection of your garage door components, we are confident that we will be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. We even offer emergency services open 24 hours a day, 7 days ...
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350 S Main St #18

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ann Arbor Carpet and Floors

Tags: Carpet Store

(734) 720-8563

Last Updated:
September 27th, 2016

Ann Arbor Carpet and Floors is the best place to call for your next carpet or flooring project. We make house calls and bring the showroom to your door. Call us today and see just how great we are!
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2232 South Main Street #385

Ann Arbor , MI 48103

A2 Restoration

Tags: water damage restoration

(734) 548-9920

Last Updated:
September 20th, 2016

A2 Restoration the most likely to remediation and also redesign business in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our services are covering domestic and commercial residential properties so you could rest ensure that your residence or office remain in excellent hands...
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215 Dino Dr

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

360 Painting Ann Arbor

Tags: painter

(734) 404-7655

Last Updated:
December 7th, 2016

Save time and money on your interior and exterior painting and get top quality, professional results. 360 Painting provides Ann Arbor homeowners and businesses more than 20 years of experience. Your project is completed efficiently, within budget, in...
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2723 S State St Ste 150

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ann Arbor Restoration Pros

Tags: Fire & Water Damage Restoration

(734) 217-2331

Last Updated:
June 29th, 2016

We specialize in 34 hour emergency mitigation, water damage and property restoration services. If you have water damage from a flooded basement, or a pipe that burst and damaged your ceilings, we can help. We are also licensed and experienced at repa...
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2370 E Stadium Blvd #480a

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ann Arbor Carpet and Floors

Tags: Carpet Store

(734) 720-8563

Last Updated:
June 24th, 2016

Carpet and Flooring Store.
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2232 South Main Street #385

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

House Cleaning Services of Ann Arbor

Tags: house cleaning ann arbor

(517) 797-3100

Last Updated:
May 24th, 2016

House Cleaning Services of Ann Arbor is a local company that provides maid service to residential customers and janitorial services to commercial clients in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Our cleaners are thoroughly trained and maintain positive c...
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317 S. Division St.#52

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Green Landscaping of Ann Arbor

Tags: Landscaping

(734) 315-2010

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2016

Green Landscaping of Ann Arbor provides everything from landscape design and installation to lawn care and maintenance and bulk materials for your landscape projects. We pride ourselves on our innovative designs and years of experience. We also offer...
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317 S. Division St.#52 A

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Kingsley Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Service

(734) 732-4243

Last Updated:
November 20th, 2015

Kingsley Locksmith provides home and automobile locksmith service in and near Ann Arbor and loves to help people with emergencies or scheduled appointments. We want to make sure you and your family feels secure, and we enjoy helping restore the norma...
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371 Fairway Park Dr

Ann Arbor, MI 48103



How to Hire a Contractor in Ann Arbor MI You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Ann Arbor MI 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor MI

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 Ann Arbor MI

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MI or Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor MI

Accidents happen to even the best Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor MI

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