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Bowie Locksmith King

Tags: Bowie locksmith

(240) 509-9229

Last Updated:
November 28th, 2017

Bowie Locksmith King is a 24 hour, commercial, residential, and automotive locksmith company. We're based in Bowie, Maryland, but we service the entire DMV area.
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16701 Melford Blvd. Suite 400-109

Bowie, MD 20715

Slick Garage Doors

Tags: Garage Doors

(301) 850-4971

Last Updated:
July 19th, 2017

Local Garage Door Repair company specializing in Residential Garage Door Repairs and Installations as well as offering a host of additional services including, spring repair, garage maintenance, opener installation and cable repair. Our focus is gear...
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6915 Laurel Bowie Rd Suite 323, Bowie, MD, 20715

Bowie, MD 20715

Bowie Tree Service

Tags: Tree Service

(240) 486-1024

Last Updated:
July 31st, 2016

Bowie tree service is a professional Tree Maintenance, Removal, Planting, and Stump Grinding company. Out team of highly skilled professionals will get the job done safely ensuring your home and property are left beautiful, clean, and damage free. Ca...
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6719 Willow Creek Road

Bowie, MD 20720

Capitol Improvements

Tags: Bowie Roofers

(301) 769-6909

Last Updated:
January 4th, 2016

We eliminated the salesman to save you time, money, and hassle. Our customers save over $2,800. Get a Bowie roofing quote online today and see how much you can save.
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12606 Hillmeade Station Dr

Bowie, MD 20720

Locksmith in Bowie MD

Tags: Locksmith Bowie

(301) 798-5180

Last Updated:
August 27th, 2015

Locksmith in Bowie MD is expert locksmith service offer. Lock change, replace and installation available at reliable rage in Bowie. Call us any time at (301) 798-5180, we are at your place on the same day. To know more about Bowie Locksmith Repair se...
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14106 11th St

Bowie, MD 20715

Porcelain Tub Restoration

Tags: Bathtub refinishing

(301) 262-6012

Last Updated:
January 11th, 2015

Here you’ll find affordable and effective solutions for worn-out, damaged and outdated bathrooms by Refinishing and Acrylic Liner installations, that will transform your tired bathroom into a show piece for a fraction of the cost of replacement, wit...
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5710 Woodcliff Rd Ste 103

Bowie, MD 20720

Garage Door Repair Bowie MD

Tags: Garage Door Repair Bowie MD

(301) 476-4244

Last Updated:
January 3rd, 2015

Garage Door Repair Bowie MD , fast service from Bowie MD 20715 , for more info visit http://garagedoorrepairbowiemd.com/
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8605 Chestnut Avenue

Bowie, MD 20715

Locksmith Bowie

Tags: Bowie Locksmith

(301) 476-0118

Last Updated:
January 8th, 2014

For a 24 hour locksmith call Locksmith Bowie. Emergency locksmith in Bowie, MD. We're able to open all door locks and changes all keys whether it's for a vehicle or a house. Apart from emergency lockouts we also serve commercial needs like security s...
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13119 11th St

Bowie, MD 20715

HOC Home & Office Cleaning Inc.

Tags: cleaning service

(703) 922-0610

Last Updated:
February 21st, 2013

Armed with a bucket, some cleaning supplies and an innate spirit for entrepenuership Diedra Marrow founded HOC Home and Office Cleaning, Inc. as a young adult in 1986. Since then HOC has been servicing prestigous clients in northern Virginia; the su...
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11002 Lake Victoria Ln

Bowie, MD 20720


How to Hire a Contractor in Bowie MD You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bowie MD 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 Bowie 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 Bowie MD

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 Bowie MD

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MD or Bowie 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 Bowie MD

Accidents happen to even the best Bowie 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 Bowie 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 Bowie MD

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