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Local business listings for Athens, GA

All Phase Roofing Experts

Tags: roofing contractor

(833) 766-3742

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

We specialize in residential and commercial roofing. All of our professionally trained personnel are fully certified and have a great many successful years of experience in the field. Being current with the latest trends and materials is important to...
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1720 Epps Bridge Rd. Ste. 108-161

Athens, GA 30606

Laytons Tree Service - Athens GA

Tags: tree service Athens GA

(706) 410-2979

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

We specialize in trimming and removing trees in Athens, GA and the surrounding areas. We have the knowledge and experience combined with our large fleet of industry leading equipment to provide our clients with a safe, efficient and professional tree...
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380 Oak St

Athens, GA 30601

Average Joe Repair

Tags: electronics repair shop

(706) 296-8557

Last Updated:
May 7th, 2018

Average Joe Repair is a mobile repair service. We typically meet our customers at a local coffee shop or place of business. Repairs are usually completed within 15 minutes. Just look for the guy with the big, red tool box!
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185 Habersham Way

Athens, GA 30606

Gameday Moving Services

Tags: Moving Company Athens Ga

(678) 736-0935

Last Updated:
April 14th, 2018

Call Gameday Moving Services in Athens Ga for your friendly, affordable and professional moves. We handle everything from residential and commercial moves, call today!
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4315 Lexington Rd. 17D

Athens, GA 30605

Athens Garage Door Repair

Tags: Garage door supplier

(770) 270-0620

Last Updated:
March 22nd, 2018

Athens Garage Door Repair is one of the best automatic door companies in the country. This widely recognized position has been achieved over years of hard work, innovation, commitment to quality, and reliable customer service.
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1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy Ste. 108-420

Athens, GA 30606

Athens GA Fence Company

Tags: Fence contractor

(706) 671-2396

Last Updated:
March 4th, 2018

Local fence company that installs all types of fences. Including privacy fence, chain link fence, vinyl fence, commercial fence, farm fence, and wood fence. Call 706-671-2396to get your next fence installed.
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1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy, Ste 108 #114

Athens, GA 30606

Athens Appliance Repair

Tags: appliance repair service

(706) 380-3119

Last Updated:
February 1st, 2018

If you are in search of a trustworthy and reliable appliance repair company, we are the right choice. All of our service technicians are fully licensed. We have many years of experience in repairing all models and brands of major home appliances...
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196 Alps Rd #2-105

Athens, GA 30606

Athens Mold Cleanup Experts

Tags: Water damage restoration service

(706) 510-3191

Last Updated:
May 22nd, 2017

If you suspect a mold, mildew, or moisture problem. Our highly trained inspectors will happily come complete a free test or evaluation to help you determine if you have an issue or not. Do not wait! Each day that passes your problem could be getting ...
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1720 Epps Bridge Rd. Ste. 108-161

Athens, GA 30606

Georgia Handyman

Tags: handyman

(404) 465-0737

Last Updated:
May 12th, 2017

Our professional handyman service is your all-in-one for a wide range of repair solutions and home maintenance. We employ highly skilled craftsmen, so that your job is done right the first time.
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188 Northview Dr

Athens, GA 30605

Northeast Georgia Quality Roofs, LLC

Tags: roofing contractor

(706) 363-0446

Last Updated:
April 27th, 2017

Look no further than Northeast Georgia Quality Roofs for top quality products and services in the Northeast Georgia area. We have a reputation for quality workmanship at affordable prices, and we are happy to give free estimates.
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8771 Macon Hwy

Athens, GA 30606



How to Hire a Contractor in Athens GA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Athens GA 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 Athens 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 Athens GA

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 Athens GA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a GA or Athens 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 Athens GA

Accidents happen to even the best Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens GA

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