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Di Scala General Contractor

Tags: Snowplow Fall clean up Residential Building Contractor Commercial Building Contractor

(203) 683-4392

Last Updated:
October 11th, 2016

We handle all of your lawn care needs to lawn maintenence, spring/fall clean ups, snowplowing, and much more!
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287 Bartlett St

Bridgeport, CT 06606

Fairfield Water Damage Pros

Tags: Water Damage Fairfield CT

(203) 763-1395

Last Updated:
June 3rd, 2016

Premier Water and Fire Damage Restoration Company in Fairfield County, CT. Call us for a FREE quote.
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285 Fairfield Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Bridgeport CT Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Services

(203) 347-4820

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2016

The initial step is to do a touch of pre-arranging. Research smiths in your general vicinity before you really require one. In the event that you wind up in a crisis circumstance, you will have the name and telephone number of a smith that you can tr...
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2300 Main St

Bridgeport , CT 06606

Bridgeport's Emergency Water Damage Cleanup

Tags: water damage bridgeport

(203) 689-7800

Last Updated:
September 7th, 2015

(203) 689-7800: Bridgeport CT's Best water damage & removal, mold removal, mold test, carpet mold, water damage repair, clean up, emergency roof repair, and restoration company in Connecticut is 24/7.
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231 Trumbull Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06606

Bridgeport Lumber

Tags: Building Materials Bridgeport CT

(203) 366-4757

Last Updated:
August 30th, 2014

Northeast Building Supply offers a variety of products and services designed to meet the needs of building professionals and homeowners. Our specialized inventories and the expertise of our team members at each of our three locations are second to no...
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1460 Barnum Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06610

Greenskeeper Lawn Care

Tags: Landscaper Bridgeport

(203) 696-0278

Last Updated:
March 4th, 2014

Lawn Care Services, Grub Control, Tick Control, Deer Repellent, Lawn Maintenance and Organic Lawn Treatment in Fairfield County, Connecticut - We succeed where others have failed
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740 Railroad Ave,

Bridgeport, CT 06605

LOYAL LOCK & SAFE

Tags: locksmith Bridgeport

(203) 433-5475

Last Updated:
December 5th, 2013

Loyal Lock & Safe (203) 433-5475. 261 Boston Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610. 24/7 Locksmiths in Bridgeport, CT. Emergency Locksmith Services in Bridgeport, CT.
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261 BOSTON AVE

BRIDGEPORT, CT 06610


How to Hire a Contractor in Bridgeport CT You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bridgeport CT 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 Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport CT

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 Bridgeport CT

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CT or Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport CT

Accidents happen to even the best Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport CT

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