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Local business listings for Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Flooring & Carpet Installation Company

Tags: Flooring installation

(716) 209-3034

Last Updated:
April 11th, 2018

Quality flooring services in Buffalo NY and surrounding areas.
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14 Norway Park

Buffalo, NY 14208

Extreme Carpet and Tile Clean

Tags: carpet cleaning buffalo NY

(716) 791-5756

Last Updated:
January 20th, 2018

We love carpet cleaning and we love Buffalo NY, here at Extreme Carpet & Tile Clean we strive for perfection and customer satisfaction. We know your time is valuable and your personal space is in-fact your space.
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138 Northcrest Ave

Buffalo, NY 14225

Bed Bug Exterminator Buffalo

Tags: Pest Control

(716) 462-6766

Last Updated:
November 18th, 2017

If you're in Buffalo and seeking a bed bug extermination team that guarantees you get rid of those bed bugs - CALL US NOW.. Our process will make sure those bugs are removed! Call us now if you want to be bed bug free - we guarantee our work!
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1042 Fillmore Ave

Buffalo, NY 14211

Moving Companies Buffalo NY

Tags: Moving Company

(716) 219-0021

Last Updated:
November 16th, 2017

Moving from one office to place to another is a whole beast in it's own light that you have to deal with. We do both residential and commercial moving, especially office relocation can be a pain and a huge undertaking for all parties involved. Give u...
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465 Grant St # 62

Buffalo, NY 14213

Best Garage Door Repair New York

Tags: Best Garage Door Repair New York

(508) 650-3922

Last Updated:
December 19th, 2016

Best Garage Door Repair New York specializes in residential garage door and opener repair and replacement with best experts and low cost. Serving Buffalo area from past couple of years with best service and well trained professionals to work on your ...
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91 Broadway

Buffalo, NY 14203

Garage Door Screen NY

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(307) 715-0193

Last Updated:
December 17th, 2016

Garage Door Screen NY services, a name that has been trusted for over years! Our services includes installations and we provides excellent service with best technicians to serve you. Call now for advice and a price.
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81 West Huron Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

Solar Buffalo

Tags: Solar Energy Contractors

(716) 261-2329

Last Updated:
October 23rd, 2016

Solar Buffalo brings the many benefits of solar energy to Buffalo and Western New York. We employ a team of expert engineers, designers, and installers that help make solar energy a reality for our neighbors. We deliver trusted and reliable solar pan...
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​733 Delaware Rd. #240 http://www.solarbuffalowny.com/

Buffalo, NY 14223

Monkey Bars of WNY

Tags: garage storage

(716) 261-2460

Last Updated:
September 16th, 2016

Monkey Bars of WNY is your garage storage Buffalo expert. We specialize in garage shelving, garage flooring, garage cabinets, and overhead racks. We can help you get your garage organized.
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50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1400

Buffalo, NY 14202

Carpet Factory Outlet

Tags: floors

(716) 551-0676

Last Updated:
March 5th, 2016

Flooring store featuring carpet, hardwood & laminate floors, ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile & plank, area rugs. Serving Buffalo, Getzville, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, Lancaster
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2630 DELAWARE AVE

BUFFALO, NY 14216

Nature's Lawn & Garden, Inc.

Tags: Lawn and Garden

(716) 681-7793

Last Updated:
October 12th, 2015

We are experts in soil improvement, lawn aeration, lawn and garden care, organic fertilizers, liquid lime, and other bio-friendly products that can be used safely on their properties.
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52 Sonwil Drive

Buffalo, NY 14225



How to Hire a Contractor in Buffalo NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Buffalo NY 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo NY

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 Buffalo NY

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NY or Buffalo 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 Buffalo NY

Accidents happen to even the best Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo NY

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