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Boston Gutter Cleaning Pros

Tags: Boston Gutter Cleaning

(617) 219-9296

Last Updated:
May 18th, 2018

If you are thinking of cleaning the gutters of your home, then look no further than us. For it is our mission that whenever you need to clean, replace, or repair your gutters, Boston Gutter Cleaning Pros will be there for you. We do it all!
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466 Commonwealth Ave. apt. 703

Boston, MA 02215

Boston Landscaping Services

Tags: Landscaping companies in Boston

(617) 506-3448

Last Updated:
April 27th, 2018

Experience, passion, reliablity and a crazy attention to detail ��you can depend on Boston Landscaping Services to take great care of your property.
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6 Liberty Square Suite 260

Boston, MA 02109

GOOD WINDOW WORKS

Tags: window

(857) 226-0007

Last Updated:
March 15th, 2018

Restoration of the appearance and functional characteristics of all kinds of translucent structures is our main specialization. Good Window Works specializes in repair and restoration of wood, vinyl, aluminum windows and doors with double-glazed insu...
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6 Liberty Square 2284

Boston, MA 02109

Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep

Tags: Boston's Certified Chimney Professionals

(617) 469-4528

Last Updated:
January 18th, 2018

Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep of Boston, MA is owned by Billy Sweet and provides chimney, fireplace, masonry, and dryer vent services. Hours of operation are 7am-8pm Monday to Thursday and 7am-6pm on Friday. The CSIA certified technicians have serviced t...
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43 Delle Ave. Suite 2

Boston, MA 02120

Legit Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith

(877) 777-8982

Last Updated:
January 12th, 2018

24/7 Locksmith Service in Boston If you need help of experienced and professional locksmith in Boston, you are on the right track. We mount, change, repair locks, and open highly secure locking mechanisms. Call our locksmith in Boston and get a full...
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200 Hemenway St

Boston, MA 02115

Desiree Burns Interiors

Tags: Interior Design

(413) 210-9980

Last Updated:
December 31st, 2017

Desiree Burns Interiors is an interior design firm based in Boston MA. We have a team full of skilled decorators that turn residential homes into works of art. We compete with some of the top interior design firms in the area, and we provide easy...
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33 Commercial Wharf

Boston, MA 02110

DLB Vintage & Antique Rugs

Tags: Moroccan rug

(617) 861-9246

Last Updated:
December 20th, 2017

Known around the world for 50 years as one of the most elite dealers in antique and vintage carpets, Doris Leslie Blau also offers a wide variety of new carpets and new area rugs. Some of the new rugs that we produce are inspired by antique carpet...
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1027 Marlborough St

Boston, MA 02116

Cheap Movers Boston : Best moving company boston

Tags: best movers In Boston MA

(617) 455-4160

Last Updated:
October 31st, 2017

Cheap Movers Boston has over decades of experience as movers & packers in Boston MA. We know moving house can be stressful. Were also gentle in that we understand your belongings are special to you sometimes we even move priceless items that have ...
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101 Federal Street, Suite 1900

Boston, MA 02110

Mold Testing & Inspection Boston - Mold Removal & Remediation

Tags: mold removal Boston

(617) 712-2454

Last Updated:
October 14th, 2017

Mold testing can tell you if you have a mold problem in your home. Mold tests can also help you find hidden mold, measure your indoor air quality and identify what species of mold is in your home. If you already see visible mold, you usually do NOT n...
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6 Liberty Square #2137

Boston, MA 02109

AAA exterminating

Tags: Pest control service

(800) 439-6321

Last Updated:
October 7th, 2017

Eliminate the flying insects and crawling rodents that have begun to threaten your way of life by teaming up with the right pest control company here in Greater Boston. AAA Exterminating Company has been fighting pests and other threats to homes, bus...
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1476 River St

Boston, MA 02136



How to Hire a Contractor in Boston MA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Boston MA 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 Boston 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 Boston MA

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 Boston MA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MA or Boston 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 Boston MA

Accidents happen to even the best Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston MA

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