Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Columbus, OH

iDry Columbus - Water Damage Cleanup

Tags: water damage , water damage restoration

(614) 810-0000

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

IICRC Master Certified in Water damage restoration, the team members of iDry Columbus are dedicated to providing the latest in education, technology, and equipment in providing services for water damage, flood damage, mold inspection, and remediation...
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175 S 3rd St #200

Columbus, OH 43215

Commercial Parts & Service, Inc

Tags: commercial kitchen parts and service

(800) 837-8327

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Our parts invnetory covers a vast range of food service appliances and equipment. From ovens to grills, coolers to freezers, fryers to steamers, water filters to ice makers, steamers and MORE - you can count on CPS having that part in stock and get y...
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5033 Transamerica Drive

Columbus, OH 43228

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Columbus Lawn Care

(614) 412-1808

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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52 E Lane Ave

Columbus, OH 43201

Locksmith Hilltop

Tags: locksmith

(614) 484-7126

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

When there is a lot of competition, you have to work that much harder to be the best. Locksmith Hilltop understands this and that is why we do every single job with commitment and care. We are a Hilltop, Ohio locksmith that strives to be better than ...
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66 S Grant Ave

Columbus, OH 43215

GreenPal Lawn Care of Columbus

Tags: Lawn Care Service

(614) 269-5023

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Companies that apply for our site, meet heavy requirements. We turn away and lawn care companies which have the inadequate equipment to service our professional level, that is why we do our strict vetting process. We ensure that only the best landsca...
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1200 West 5th Avenue, Ste 105

Columbus, OH 43212

Commercial Waste Removal, LLC

Tags: Dumpster rental

(614) 753-7674

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Here at Commercial Waste Removal, LLC we our passionate about our waste removal services, customer care, and the pricing we provide to our clients. With over 11 years in the industry, we have the knowledge and experience to tackle any cleanup project...
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115 East Barthman Ave.

Columbus, OH 43207

Columbus Fast Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(614) 524-6373

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Looking for a fast locksmith in Columbus, Ohio? Look no further! Columbus Fast Locksmith has licensed and insured team members who stay true to our company name. We know that if you’re locked out, you want fast service and that is exactly what you wi...
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1361 Presidential Dr

Columbus, OH 43212

KAP Electric

Tags: residential electrician

(614) 746-5282

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Here at KAP Electric, we pride ourselves in providing quality work, exceptional customer service, and convenient services to you! Our owner has over 19 years in the industry and can ensure you the best work. Our professionals specialize in: ●...
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4978 Sutherland Dr

Columbus, OH 43207

Columbus Worthington Air

Tags: HVAC

(614) 524-4321

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Columbus Worthington Air (CWA) is here for all of your home's heating and cooling services in Columbus, OH . needs ensuring your family's comfort all year-round. Since 1936, we remain committed to offering homeowners exceptional service. When you nee...
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6363 Fiesta Drive

Columbus, OH 43235

Columbus Spray Foam Insulation Contractors

Tags: Insulation Contractor

(614) 678-5590

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Columbus Spray Foam Insulation Contractors We get it! You are a busy running your home or your business as efficiently as possible is your priority. Throwing away money due to poorly fitted insulation is not in anyone's budget, and you shouldn't be ...
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1491 Polaris Pkwy #20709

Columbus, OH 43240

How to Hire a Contractor in Columbus OH You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus OH

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

Accidents happen to even the best Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus OH

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