Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Chattanooga, TN

A Rising Son Construction

Tags: Exposed wood

(423) 641-8777

Last Updated:
August 12th, 2018

Every home has a soul. Sometimes you can tell right away. It comes out in the details. Exposed wood, brick walls, century-old floorboards, tall old wood-frame windows. At A Rising Son Construction we are here to listen, offer ideas and partner with y...
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8640 Pershing Road

Chattanooga, TN 37421

CertaPro Painters of Chattanooga, TN

Tags: painter

(423) 650-4575

Last Updated:
July 19th, 2018

At CertaPro Painters of Chattanooga, TN, we know that finding the right team for your painting project can be overwhelming. We want you to have the best experience as we help your property come to life and we strive to deliver on our promise of care ...
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E Main St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

Persian Rug Co.

Tags: Rug Sales

(423) 266-8855

Last Updated:
March 24th, 2018

Worried sick over the stain marks on your expensive antique rugs? Persian Rug Co., in Chattanooga, TN offers a helping hand in pet and odor stain removal at minimal cost!
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917 E 16th St

Chattanooga, TN 37408

Potts Home Inspections, LLC

Tags: Chattanooga TN

(423) 708-5755

Last Updated:
March 22nd, 2018

Potts Home Inspections, LLC is your guaranteed complete inspection in Greater Chattanooga TN.
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4027 Caine Ln

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Chattanooga Plumbing and Drain Services

Tags: Chattanooga plumber

(423) 800-5178

Last Updated:
February 23rd, 2018

Call Chattanooga Plumbing and Drain Services (423) 800-5178 Chattanooga Plumbing and Drain Services for your estimate. We meet all your plumbing needs at Chattanooga Plumber Services in Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga Plumbing Repair Services will make...
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6324 Jocelyn Dr

Chattanooga, TN 37416

Armor Xteriors

Tags: Roofing company Chattanooga , Chattanooga roofing company , Affordable roofing Chattanooga

(423) 316-4479

Last Updated:
July 29th, 2017

Our Chattanooga roofing company offers roofing repairs, new roof installation at an affordable price. We will provide you a free roofing estimate and go up to bat if needed for you with the insurance companies.
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117 Lee Pkwy Dr Suite 101

Chattanooga, TN 37421

John Kilgore Heating & Air

Tags: Heating & Air

(423) 954-0377

Last Updated:
April 20th, 2017

In the heat of summer especially in Chattanooga, TN AC repairs are probably the last thing you want to be worrying about.
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1486 Morris Hill Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

John Kilgore Heating & Air

Tags: Heating & Air

(423) 954-0377

Last Updated:
April 5th, 2017

In the heat of summer especially in Chattanooga, TN AC repairs are probably the last thing you want to be worrying about.
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9645 Ashton View Dr.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Rocky Tops Custom Countertops

Tags: Home Remodeling

(423) 876-0299

Last Updated:
November 8th, 2016

Rocky Tops Custom Countertops, Inc. is a retail and wholesale shop for Granite, Quartz and Solid Surface countertop products, who takes pride in craftsmanship and service. Customer service is our number one goal in both residential and commercial job...
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3000 S. Broad Street, Suite 2

Chattanooga , TN 37408

Chatt Town Tree Service

Tags: Tree removal

(423) 509-0383

Last Updated:
October 16th, 2016

We provide tree service, tree removal service, tree trimming service, tree service near me, affordable tree service or tree cutting services to the residents of Chattanooga TN.
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3712 Ringgold Rd. Suite 156

Chattanooga, TN 37412

How to Hire a Contractor in Chattanooga TN You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Chattanooga TN 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 Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga TN

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 Chattanooga TN

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a TN or Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga TN

Accidents happen to even the best Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga 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.


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 Chattanooga TN

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