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Local business listings for Chesapeake, VA

Michael & Son Services

Tags: solar power

(757) 541-8100

Last Updated:
June 24th, 2018

Michael & Son Services is a family owned and operated company located in Chesapeake, VA, with skillful technicians that deliver quick affordable service. They offer commercial and residential plumbing, electric, restoration, remodeling, and heating a...
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1229 S Military Highway

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Chesapeake Tree Service

Tags: tree service

(757) 300-5753

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

Chesapeake Tree Service is the top tree care company in the Hampton Roads area of southern Virginia. We offer complete tree care service including tree removals, tree trimming, stump grinding, and emergency storm tree damage.
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1310 20th Street

Chesapeake, VA 23324

Magic Sweep Corporation

Tags: Chesapeake Chimney Professionals

(757) 523-2400

Last Updated:
January 22nd, 2018

Magic Sweep Corporation is owned by Jim Brewer and is located Chesapeake, Virginia. Since 1979, Magic Sweep has provided the surrounding Chesapeake area with chimney, fireplace, http://hubs.6qube.com/themes/elements/images/start-button.pngair duct, a...
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938 Providence Road

Chesapeake, VA 23325

R.A. Styron Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Tags: HVAC Chesapeake

(757) 420-5488

Last Updated:
November 2nd, 2017

R. A. Styron Heating & Air was founded in 1954 by Mr. Styron, a fireman, who ran the company as well as continuing his firefighting career until his retirement.
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808 Juniper Crescent #206

Chesapeake, VA 23320

KHR

Tags: Roofing

(757) 606-9700

Last Updated:
May 31st, 2017

Your local general contractor offering roofing, home remodeling, bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, windows, gutters, siding and trim.
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5 Denham Arch

Chesapeake, VA 23322

Creative Carpet Repair Chesapeake

Tags: Creative Carpet Repair Chesapeake

(757) 394-3115

Last Updated:
March 16th, 2017

You contact us with request of carpet repair. We set up an appointment with you and make sure Creative Carpet Repair expert takes care of you. You pay Creative Carpet Repair and we back our work up with a 100% Unlimited Unconditional Lifetime Labor G...
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1025 Shillelagh Rd

Chesapeake, VA 23323

Star Classic Services

Tags: awning-installation-chesapeake-va

(757) 389-5400

Last Updated:
December 27th, 2016

Star Classic Awnings sells, installs, services & cleans awnings. We are a SunSetter Pro Dealer & a Rainier Awning & Shade Dealer. Serving Hampton Roads and Northeast NC residents.
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600 Prosperity Way

Chesapeake, VA 23320

R.A. Styron Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Tags: R.A. Styron Heating & Air Conditioning

(757) 420-5488

Last Updated:
October 13th, 2016

Choose the team from R.A. Styron Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. that has been replacing, repairing, and installing heating, air conditioning, and HVAC systems in Chesapeake, Norfolk & Virginia Beach, VA since 1954.
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808 Juniper Crescent #206

Chesapeake, VA 23320

A Atlantic Tree Service

Tags: aatlantictreeservice

(757) 547-7878

Last Updated:
July 8th, 2016

With more than 25 years of experience, A Atlantic Tree Service has provided knowledgeable, quality tree services to Chesapeake, Virginia, and surrounding cities of Southside Hampton Roads. Visit us online!
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1701 Taft Road

Chesapeake, VA 23322

The Air Conditioning Company

Tags: the-air-conditioning-company

(757) 718-3195

Last Updated:
June 17th, 2016

Whether you need installation of a new commercial or residential heating system, cooling system, or service on an existing air conditioning or heating system, The Air Conditioning Company makes customer service a top priority and will provide it effi...
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1129 Cherrytree Lane

Chesapeake, VA 23320



How to Hire a Contractor in Chesapeake VA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake VA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake VA

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