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Local business listings for Baltimore, MD

One Stop Rollup Gate Company

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

(410) 657-5351

Last Updated:
November 30th, 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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2408 Winchester St

Baltimore, MD 21216

Roll Up Service Baltimore

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

(410) 657-5346

Last Updated:
November 30th, 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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915 S Wolfe St,

Baltimore, MD 21231

Express Rolling Gate Solution

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

(410) 657-5345

Last Updated:
November 30th, 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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2600 W Patapsco Ave

Baltimore, MD 21230

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Lawn Care

(410) 469-8916

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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1720 Fleet St Suite C

Baltimore, MD 21231

1st Security USA

Tags: QOLSYS IQ 2 TOUCHSCREEN KEYPAD

(800) 395-7328

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

1st Security USA is a home and business security company. We provide security, home automation, and video surveillance. A family-owned and operated security company, where our mission is to protect every home and family as if it were our own! If y...
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841 East Fort Avenue #280

Baltimore, MD 21230

GreenPal Lawn Care of Baltimore

Tags: Lawn Care

(443) 219-6260

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Welcome to GreenPal, the internetís premiere location for contracting affordable lawn maintenance in Baltimore. Ready to transform your lawn, or at least clean it up? GreenPal can connect you with the best options near you, from the most professional...
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320 N Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21201

Asbestos USA

Tags: Asbestos Removal

(888) 221-9855

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Asbestos USA is a locally owned and operated Asbestos Testing and Remediation Company. Following EPA Standards, we remove asbestos tile, vermiculate insulation and asbestos pipe wrap typically found on older furnaces. It is our mission to provide the...
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822 Guilford Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21202

Baltimore's Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(410) 630-0020

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

The very moment that you are searching for a team of experts that know exactly how to ensure that your property is secured at its best, then do not wait around another second: contact Baltimore's Locksmith promptly, and learn about everything that we...
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716 N Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21201

Flood Damage Pro

Tags: water damage restoration

(410) 469-1740

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Flood Damage Pro of Baltimore offers rapid response for water damage emergency to the entire City of Baltimore. For more information or scheduling your free on-site price estimate call us at 410-469-1740. We provide complete water damage clean up & r...
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101 W 22nd St

Baltimore, MD 21218

Baltimore Duct Cleaning

Tags: Air Duct Cleaning Baltimore

(443) 343-0222

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Baltimore Duct Cleaning proudly cleans Baltimore's dirt out of you ductworks. Our duct cleaning specialists are professionally trained to clean your ducts to like new condition. Clean ducts reduce dirt and allergens in the home. Get in touch with...
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6400 Baltimore National Pike Suite269

Baltimore, MD 21228



How to Hire a Contractor in Baltimore MD You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Baltimore MD 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore MD

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 Baltimore MD

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MD or Baltimore 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 Baltimore MD

Accidents happen to even the best Baltimore 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore MD

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