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Local business listings for Boise, ID

Window Pros Boise

Tags: Boise Window Cleaning

(208) 314-0335

Last Updated:
December 9th, 2017

Boise Idaho's Premier Window Cleaning Service Company. Window Pros Boise is a locally operated and affordable window washing and window screen repair company in the Boise Idaho area. We help with residential and commercial properties making sure the...
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4696 W. Overland Rd ste 228 b

Boise, ID 83709

High Ground Electric

Tags: Electrical Services

(208) 391-2588

Last Updated:
October 28th, 2017

We provide all types of Boise electrician services including, electrical installation, repair, and maintenance.
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5015 W Fairmont St

Boise, ID 83706

Anything Wireless

Tags: Satellite

(208) 854-8817

Last Updated:
October 3rd, 2017

Anything Wireless is locally owned and operated, and has been providing the Treasure Valley and its surrounding areas with the latest technology in Satellite, Internet, and Cell Phone Service since 2001. We are a small business located in the Central...
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4948 W Kootenai St #201

Boise, ID 83705

Cleaner Floors Boise

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(208) 549-5599

Last Updated:
June 17th, 2017

We are a full service carpet cleaner in the Boise metro area. We specialize in keeping the home and business floors professionally cleaned. We have been in business since 2010, but have nearly 20 years experience cleaning carpets. We are committed...
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3355 N Five Mile Rd #118

Boise, ID 83713

SHANCO Heating and Air

Tags: Heating

(208) 906-6928

Last Updated:
June 2nd, 2017

SHANCO Heating and Air is a local, family-owned heating and air conditioning company. We never do any repairs without the consent of the customer. There are never any hidden fees. We just treat the customer the way we would like to be treated, with h...
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4011 E Sweet Pea Ct

Boise, ID 83716

Steve's Service Plumbing

Tags: Plumber

(208) 917-8082

Last Updated:
February 7th, 2017

Steve's Service Plumbing is a FAMILY owned and operated full service plumbing company. Steve's Service Plumbing has been serving the the greater treasure valley for more than twenty years
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2340 W. Victory Rd. Space #13

Boise, ID 83705

Idaho Maintenance

Tags: Cleaning Services Boise

(208) 357-4845

Last Updated:
January 7th, 2017

Idaho Maintenance is an excellent company specializes in building maintenance, janitorial & cleaning services in Boise. We are passionate & dedicated to provide quality cleaning services to our customer. For any inquiries, questions or recommendation...
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9655 W Leo ct

Boise, ID 83709

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

Tags: hvac companies

(208) 908-4288

Last Updated:
January 5th, 2017

One Hour Idaho Heating Air Conditioning looks forward to providing you and your family the comforts that our quality HVAC products and services yield year round. You can count on our professional technicians to perform new residential heating and air...
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1712 South Roosevelt Street

Boise, ID 83705

Live Basketball Streaming

Tags: Watch Live Basketball

(208) 419-0745

Last Updated:
December 21st, 2016

Internet TV has transformed the lives of many a sports fanatics out there. No more do crazy soccer fans have to miss out on their favorite matches! Thanks to the Watch NCAA Watch Live Basketball facilities made available today you can actually go on ...
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Po Box 2669

Boise, ID 83705

Classique Tile Inc

Tags: Tile Contrator

(208) 870-7058

Last Updated:
October 30th, 2016

Since 1974, Classique Tile continues to provide the residents of Boise, ID and surrounding areas with quality Floor tile contracting they can trust.In order to earn your business, we work with honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all of our end...
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6175 Denton Street

Boise, ID 83704



How to Hire a Contractor in Boise ID You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Boise ID 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 Boise 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 Boise ID

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 Boise ID

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a ID or Boise 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 Boise ID

Accidents happen to even the best Boise 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 Boise 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 Boise ID

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