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Local business listings for Bismarck, ND

Backyard Escapes by Kerner Pools and Spas

Tags: pools and spas

(701) 557-7665

Last Updated:
August 14th, 2018

We are a family-owned business, specializing in the installation and maintenance of fiberglass swimming pools. We are a pool builder that specializes in new construction and we aim to provide you with outstanding service that supplies years of enjoym...
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3449 149th Ave NW

Bismarck, ND 58503

Better Roofing and Contracting

Tags: Roofing

(701) 226-3314

Last Updated:
February 15th, 2017

Better Roofing & Contracting provides quality roofing and siding services. We are serving Bismarck, Mandan and central North Dakota since 2010. Contact us for free quotes!
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1365 Tacoma Ave., Number 5

Bismarck, ND 58504

Top Bismarck Plumber's

Tags: plumbing

(701) 204-6103

Last Updated:
August 8th, 2016

Live in Bismarck or Mandan, North Dakota? You should look to us for all of your plumbing solutions! We offer most residential and commercial plumbing services. If you have a clogged toilet (yuck!), clogged drain, broken pipe, or damaged sewer line, c...
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547 South 7th Street Suite 111A

Bismarck, ND 58504

Bismarck Garage Door

Tags: garage door repair

(701) 751-9285

Last Updated:
September 1st, 2015

Call us today for a free estimate of our various emergency garage door repairs, in Bismarck, ND. We will not perform any repair or service without your prior approval and will not hide any charges or surprise you with a bill costing more than origina...
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1013 E Turnpike Ave

Bismarck, ND 58501

Legacy Landscaping and Design LLC


(701) 527-7354

Last Updated:
January 10th, 2015

Legacy Landscaping is a full service design and installation company. We first meet with you and get to know your yard. From there we create a full interactive design of your yard. This allows you the customer to make all the changes before we even b...
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2239 Harding ave

Bismarck, ND 58501

How to Hire a Contractor in Bismarck ND You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bismarck ND 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 Bismarck 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 Bismarck ND

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 Bismarck ND

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a ND or Bismarck 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 Bismarck ND

Accidents happen to even the best Bismarck 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 Bismarck 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.


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 Bismarck ND

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