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Collinwood Locksmith

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(216) 220-4370

Last Updated:
February 28th, 2019

Greetings, residents of Collinwood! Locksmith solutions that you can afford are a simple phone call away. There is no better company to call if you are in need of a locksmith. Collinwood, OH locals have been hiring our services for years. They know t...
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19121 Nottingham Rd

Cleveland, OH 44110

Cleveland Foundation Repair Pros

Tags: Masonry contractor Cleveland Ohio , Contractor Cleveland Ohio , Concrete contractor Cleveland Ohio

(216) 545-5362

Last Updated:
February 11th, 2019

Cleveland Foundation Repair Pros is a licensed and insured foundation contractor service that delivers basement repair solutions throughout northeast Ohio, including Parma, Willoughby, Akron, Shaker Heights, Brecksville, Cleveland Heights, Painesvill...
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817 E Superior Ave #100

Cleveland, OH 44113

AC Electric

Tags: Electrician , electrician Cleveland oh , electrician Cleveland Ohio

(216) 941-3072

Last Updated:
February 8th, 2019

AC Electric was created out of a vision to give customers something while we enjoyed doing it. Our history begins in 1999 when I wrote my first invoice, the satisfaction experienced in giving that customer the product they wanted at a reasonable cost...
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4255 Rocky River Dr

Cleveland, OH 44135

Cleveland Relocation Services

Tags: Moving Services , Residential movers in Cleveland , moving company in Cleveland

(216) 545-5364

Last Updated:
February 7th, 2019

Cleveland Relocation Services is a fully licensed and insured moving company that delivers efficient and affordable relocation solutions to the northeast Ohio region, including the communities of Parma, Cuyahoga Heights, Shaker Heights, Willoughby, P...
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818 E Superior Ave #100

Cleveland, OH 44113

Emergency Local Plumber

Tags: plumbing

(330) 964-3449

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Established in 1985; Emergency Local Plumber is a Cleveland company that has been in business for over 30 years.
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3100 East 45th Street

Cleveland, OH 44127

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: lawn care

(216) 350-1743

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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1536 St Clair Ave NE

Cleveland, OH 44114

Water Mold Fire Restoration of Cleveland

Tags: fire damage restoration

(216) 220-7303

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Water Mold Fire Restoration of Cleveland is a leading restoration company known for fast response times and effective service. Available in 50 metro areas across the United States, Water Mold Fire Restoration has helped thousands of homeowners and bu...
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1300 Crestline

Cleveland, OH 44109

All State Remodeling Limited

Tags: Roofing Contractor

(440) 461-8440

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

At All State Remodeling Ltd. we are dedicated to providing the highest quality and affordable home improvement services backed by excellent customer support. We cater to home owners in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Our areas of specialization include...
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857 Rose Blvd

Cleveland, OH 44143

Middleburg Heights Locksmith

Tags: 24 hour locksmith

(440) 969-6259

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Middleburg Heights Locksmith in Middleburg, Ohio, is the best option in town for all of your necessary residential, commercial and automotive locksmith services. Middleburg Heights locksmiths here at Middleburg Heights Locksmith have over 35 years of...
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10000 Brookpark Rd, Unit 105

Cleveland, OH 44130

Lane 17 Wood Design Co.

Tags: Custom Furniture Cleveland - Custom Furniture Makers In Ohio - Handmade Furniture Cleveland - Personalized Wood Furniture Cleveland - Reclaimed Wood Furniture Cleveland

(216) 365-8820

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Custom Furniture maker in Cleveland Ohio
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1381 E 34th St

Cleveland, OH 44114



How to Hire a Contractor in Cleveland OH You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Cleveland OH 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland OH

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 Cleveland OH

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a OH or Cleveland 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 Cleveland OH

Accidents happen to even the best Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland OH

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