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Local business listings for Birmingham, AL

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Lawn Care

(205) 791-5382

Last Updated:
September 28th, 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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1608 14th Avenue South #3C

Birmingham, AL 35205

Southern Decortative Concrete

Tags: Concrete

(205) 433-0936

Last Updated:
September 13th, 2018

Southern Decortative Concrete is a professional contracting group that specializes in Stamped concrete, Staining and Epoxy flooring finishings. We have a large varieties of finishes for any project. Call today for your free flooring consultation. ...
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302 Candy Mountain rd

Birmingham, AL 35217

Jones-Warren Home Inspection Services

Tags: Home Inspections

(205) 607-0031

Last Updated:
September 6th, 2018

Ones-Warren Home Inspection Service provide a non-invasive physical examination of key aspects of your home, including the structure, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC and much more. Once the inspection is complete, Ones-Warren Ho...
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2601 River Trace Ct, Suite A

Birmingham, AL 35243

Birmingham Pressure Washers

Tags: Pressure Washers Birmingham

(205) 533-1372

Last Updated:
September 5th, 2018

Pressure washing services that clean decks, driveways, fences, and commercial vehicles. Cleaning windows and gutters.
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429 Green Springs Hwy Suite 161-429

Birmingham, AL 35209

5 Star Roofing & Restoration, LLC 

Tags: Roofing

(205) 518-8433

Last Updated:
June 5th, 2018

5 Star Roofing and Restoration, LLC has roots in the Birmingham area dating back to the 1970’s. We provide residential roofing, complete roof tear-offs, and commercial flat roofing systems in the Greater Birmingham Area. We proudly serve Jefferson, S...
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230 Oxmoor Circle STE 1104 Homewood

Birmingham, AL 35209

BIRMINGHAM TREE SERVICE

Tags: tree service

(205) 509-2167

Last Updated:
May 18th, 2018

We are Birmingham's best tree service business, catering to the greater Birmingham-Hoover metro area. We are truly a client service company first, which just happens to be in the tree care business. We are honored to be the tree care Birmingham homeo...
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3203 Avenue S #D

Birmingham, AL 35208

Wizer Home Construction, LLC

Tags: home construction

(205) 396-8059

Last Updated:
February 14th, 2018

Wizer Home Construction, LLC specializes in home remodeling, energy-wise new construction, and home repairs in Birmingham, Alabama and the surrounding areas. Our years of experience in the field, attention to detail, and passion for making the world ...
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3606 Blue Lake Drive

Birmingham, AL 35243

Emergency Plumbing Squad of Birmingham

Tags: Emergency Plumber Birmingham AL

(205) 415-5775

Last Updated:
December 17th, 2017

Here at the Emergency Plumbing Squad of Birmingham, AL we have proudly served our community for over 12 years solid. We pride ourselves in delivering top notch plumbing services and being there for our customers in need of 24-hour plumber services an...
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1121 Tuscaloosa Ave SW

Birmingham, AL 35211

Sanders Lawn & Landscaping Co.

Tags: lawn care service

(205) 587-8805

Last Updated:
December 2nd, 2017

Sanders Lawn & Landscaping Co. is a fully family owned and operated lawn and landscaping service based in Birmingham, AL. We have served Birmingham and surrounding cities happily, for the past 10 years. We offer services to both commercial and reside...
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3322 AVENUE F

Birmingham, AL 35218

Birmingham Roofing Contractors

Tags: Birmingham roofing

(205) 301-2113

Last Updated:
April 6th, 2017

Birmingham Roofing Contractors is without a doubt a roofing contractor featuring repair, installation in addition to replacing of residential and commercial rooftop, siding, windows, doorway, and ridge vents in Birmingham. References upon request. Ca...
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3506 Inverness Landing

Birmingham, AL 35242



How to Hire a Contractor in Birmingham AL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Birmingham AL 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham AL

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 Birmingham AL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a AL or Birmingham 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 Birmingham AL

Accidents happen to even the best Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham AL

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