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Local business listings for Billings, MT

RC Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration

Tags: ac repair near me

(406) 534-1239

Last Updated:
August 22nd, 2017

RC Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration Keep your home or business running smoothly with scheduled service and repairs. 24 hr emergency service guaranteed FAST, DEPENDABLE, SAME DAY SERVICE Need HVAC repair in Billings, MT? Call the experts at ...
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5528 Holiday Ave,

Billings, MT 59101

Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration

Tags: Fire Restoration

(406) 215-1545

Last Updated:
April 13th, 2017

Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration is a fast-growing company established in 2006 serving Billings, Laurel MT and surrounding areas. Includes smoke and fire damage restoration, mold inspection and remediation, dehumidification, contents restoration, odo...
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1925 Grand Ave, Suite 127

Billings, MT 59102

Independent Lock and Parts - Billings Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Billings MT

(406) 656-4111

Last Updated:
February 10th, 2017


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1245 Miles Avenue

Billings, MT 59102

Air Controls Co Inc

Tags: heating contractor

(406) 245-6416

Last Updated:
December 26th, 2016

Air Controls offers in-depth, comprehensive HVAC services for both residential & commercial customers. For over 40 years we’ve been the family-owned company you can trust, working hard to build rapport and loyalty through excellence in craftsmanship ...
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2115 2nd Ave N

Billings, MT 59101

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Tags: water heater repair

(406) 534-1970

Last Updated:
December 19th, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers professional plumbers in Billings and we are dedicated to providing exceptional plumbing services with 100% satisfaction. When you need a plumber, whether for plumbing repair, maintenance or installation – Benjamin F...
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3125 S 67th St W

Billings, MT 59106

Billings Roofing Masters

Tags: roofing

(406) 200-9886

Last Updated:
August 5th, 2016

We serve both commercial builders and homeowners and strive to achieve customer satisfaction in all our projects. Years of experience back us, and we have served hundreds of households and businesses, which have expressed extreme satisfaction in our ...
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100 24th Street W Suite 1

Billings, MT 59102

Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC

Tags: HVAC Contractor

(406) 656-5157

Last Updated:
July 25th, 2016

Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC has over 30 years of experience to help you with any of your heating or air conditioning needs.
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9934 South Frontage Road

Billings, MT 59101

Matt the Painter

Tags: Interior painting

(406) 697-5135

Last Updated:
July 4th, 2016

Matt the Painter (a second generation painting contractor) serves Billings, MT and the surrounding communities.
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1016 Avenue F

Billings, MT 59102

Billings Plumbing

Tags: Allentown Emergency Plumber

(406) 657-5746

Last Updated:
May 16th, 2016

Specializing in Emergency Plumbing services, Plumbing repairs, kitchen, bathroom, water heaters
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724 15th St W

Billings, MT 59102

Midland Mechanical, Inc.

Tags: Plumber

(406) 256-7823

Last Updated:
June 2nd, 2014

Midland Mechanical Inc. has quickly defined itself as a quality service provider specializing in plumbing, heating, fire sprinkler systems and mechanical contracting services. Always forward thinking, always looking out for their customers, Midlan...
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240 Moore Lane

Billings, MT 59101



How to Hire a Contractor in Billings MT You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Billings MT 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 Billings 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 Billings MT

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 Billings MT

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MT or Billings 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 Billings MT

Accidents happen to even the best Billings 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 Billings 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 Billings MT

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