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Local business listings for Charlottesville, VA

Maintenance Made Simple

Tags: house painting , home maintenance , exterior painting

(844) 673-7247

Last Updated:
May 31st, 2017

Maintenance Made Simple is more than a typical handyman or remodeling company. We are experts in Windows, Siding, Roofing and Flooring. We specialize in projects from Handyman Services to Vinyl and Fiber Cement Siding, installing that new roof or ene...
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630 Peter Jefferson Parkway

Charlottesville, VA 22911

RB Painting Company

Tags: Painting Companies , Painters , Interior Painting

(434) 825-4271

Last Updated:
November 15th, 2016

Interior and exterior paint company, targeting the more upscale high end residential market. we also do decks and metal roof painting, power washing.
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1704 Crenshaw Ct

Charlottesville, VA 22901

Genesis Tree Service

Tags: Genesis Tree Service

(434) 202-4412

Last Updated:
June 12th, 2016

Professional arborists providing Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas with tree trimming and removal services.
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513 E Main St #881

Charlottesville, VA 22902

House Painting Charlottesville

Tags: Charlottesville painting

(434) 531-1215

Last Updated:
April 13th, 2016

Charlottesville house painting services in the Charlottesville Virginia area. Specialists in Charlottesville Interior and Exterior Home Painting. Call us today!
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115 Terrybrook Dr.

Charlottesville, VA 22911

Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co Inc

Tags: Welding supply

(540) 434-1235

Last Updated:
April 13th, 2016

Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co Inc has been serving the Charlottesville, Virginia area since 1959. In this time we have gained incredible knowledge and experience that we can then use to help our customers, and give them the best possible service....
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1100 East Market Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

BUSY B POWERWASHING

Tags: Pressure washing Charlottesville

(434) 589-7220

Last Updated:
April 10th, 2016

Welcome to Busy B Power Washing, House washing, mildew and mold removal, vinyl siding, stucco, concrete, any surface soft washing. Charlottesville VA premier Power Washing and Pressure Washing Service. Owned by Charlottesville residents Walt ...
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115 Terrybrook Dr.

Charlottesville, VA 22911

Charlottesville Roofing

Tags: charlottesville roofing

(434) 214-8013

Last Updated:
November 7th, 2015

Charlottesville Roofing is a roofing company that is located right here in Cville. We are able to work with a wide variety of materials from slate to normal shingles to metal roofs. If you have a roof repair or roof replacement we would be more than ...
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977 Seminole Trail, #360

Charlottesville, VA 22901

Albemarle Painting

Tags: Painting Contractors

(434) 607-5049

Last Updated:
September 25th, 2014

Albemarle Painting are painting contractors serving the greater Charlottesville area. Painters that offer full house painting, as well as interior & exterior painting services for Charlottesville VA.
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1710 Allied Street #24

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Fitch Services Inc.

Tags: Air Conditioning Service Charlottesville Virginia

(434) 296-9980

Last Updated:
October 31st, 2013

Fitch Services Inc. is the one company you can depend on for all of your Heating & Cooling, Electric, Plumbing and Water Supply services. Contact us at (434) 296-9980!
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1325 East High Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Piedmont Paint & Finish

Tags: painting , painter , painters

(434) 296-0900

Last Updated:
July 20th, 2013

Piedmont Paint & Finish is a painting contractor working in Charlottesville, Ivy, Keswick, Richmond, and surrounding towns. We specialize in residential painting – including estates, farms, and houses – and offer commercial painting services as w...
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1726 Allied St #2

Charlottesville, VA 22903



How to Hire a Contractor in Charlottesville VA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Charlottesville VA 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 Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville VA

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 Charlottesville VA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a VA or Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville VA

Accidents happen to even the best Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville VA

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