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Local business listings for Chicago, IL

ACE Applinace Service Co.

Tags: Stoves Repair

(800) 652-4798

Last Updated:
July 17th, 2017

Expert Dryers Repair, Stoves Repair, Refrigerators Repair, Furnace or A/C Repair, microwaves repair one Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana, Kitchenaid, Tappan, Frigidaire, GE, Sears, Kenmore, Sub Zero, Thermador, Speed Queen, Westinghouse, Carrier, Bryant, Len...
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4600 N, CUMBERLAND AVE

Chicago, IL 60656

Dap & Son Insulation and Sound Poofing

Tags: Insulation contractor

(773) 617-8744

Last Updated:
July 14th, 2017

Here at Dap & Son Insulation and Soundproofing, our team of experts have been dedicated to conducting quality home insulation services for well over 20 years. Our goal is to save homeowners money, and our services have been proven to slow down the ag...
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416 West 70th Street

Chicago, IL 60621

The CleanUP Guys

Tags: water damage

(773) 885-8528

Last Updated:
July 3rd, 2017

Water Damage Restoration and Water Extraction Services | Chicago IL Got Water Damage? We can help! Get a Free, No-Obligation Estimate. Call (773) 885-8528 We have the experience and the team to guide you through Residential and Commercial Water D...
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6650 N. Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60645

Chicago Restoration Pro

Tags: Water Damage Restoration

(312) 697-1030

Last Updated:
June 19th, 2017

At Chicago Restoration Pro, we are your leading emergency water damage and mold removal company. With over 10 years in the industry we can handle any job large or small.
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1820 W. Webster Ave #405

Chicago, IL 60614

Long Distance Lead

Tags: Moving

(305) 423-4689

Last Updated:
June 11th, 2017

Long Distance Lead is one of the most reputable and trusted long distance moving companies in the country and abroad. We pride ourselves in finding the very best moving professionals to meet the specific needs of each individual customer. Since 2011 ...
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Chicago, IL 60604

Lorie Lester

Tags: housekeeping

(773) 423-2801

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2017

If you have a stubborn stain on your carpet or a greasy oven that desperately needs to be cleaned, give us a buzz. We, at Lorie Lester, are a team of highly experienced and fully insured cleaning specialists in Chicago who offer a long list of servic...
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101 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60654

Companion Maids

Tags: Maids

(773) 346-6714

Last Updated:
May 7th, 2017

Companion Maids is an industry-leading Chicago cleaning service, which services the city and some northern suburbs. You may think that having a professional clean your home is not worth the expense, but you’d be wrong. A good maid or house cleaning s...
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500 N Michigan Ave #600

Chicago, IL 60611

Shower Compare

Tags: bathrooms showers home improvement interior design bathroom design decorating outdoors indoors

(773) 962-1922

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2017

Shower Compare is a leading review site for various products located primarily in the bathroom.
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162 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60654

AAElectric Contractors

Tags: Commercial Electrical Contractors Chicago

(708) 239-0021

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2017

Quality is our trademark - Commercial Electrical Contractors Chicago. 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year emergency service; advanced equipments; we are just a call away.
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525 n Halsted

chicago, IL 60642

5 Maids

Tags: maids

(773) 245-4184

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2017

If you do not have the time to constantly clean your home simply get in touch with our reliable sanitation company. We are an organization with a lot of expertise when it comes to cleaning offices or homes in Chicago. With 5 Maids you will always get...
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180 N Wabash Ave

Chicago, IL 60601



How to Hire a Contractor in Chicago IL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Chicago IL 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 Chicago 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 Chicago IL

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 Chicago IL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a IL or Chicago 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 Chicago IL

Accidents happen to even the best Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago IL

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