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Local business listings for Cranston, RI

Rhode Island Roofing Pros

Tags: Roofing RI

(401) 400-5300

Last Updated:
October 11th, 2017

At Rhode Island Roofing Pros, our licensed and insured contractors work hard to ensure the structural integrity of your residential or commercial roof! We hope to hear from you soon for your free roof inspection!
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855 Reservoir Ave #4A

Cranston, RI 02910

RI Garage Door Pros

Tags: garage door repair

(401) 279-0009

Last Updated:
August 15th, 2017

Rhode Island Garage Door Pros! Cranston, Rhode Islandís leading residential and commercial garage door repair and installation professionals. We serve all Rhode Islanders with the best residential and commercial garage door services. We personalize ...
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200 Midway Rd # 8871

Cranston, RI 02920

Cleanworks, Inc.

Tags: Water Damage Restoration

(401) 265-3470

Last Updated:
July 31st, 2017

"Cleanworks, Inc. Is your one stop shop for all your restoration and cleaning needs. From water damage restoration to fire, smoke and soot damage, we provide all. Whether it is mold removal or remediation we are always on top to help you. Not only re...
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2 Starline Way Unit 8

Cranston, RI 02921

Basement Waterproofing Cranston

Tags: basement waterproofing

(401) 566-4057

Last Updated:
July 3rd, 2017

Basement Waterproofing Cranston is a water damage restoration and waterproofing company. We are fully licensed, insured, and experienced to help homeowners with any issues. If you have a overly damp or wet basement, then there might be some greater i...
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200 Midway Rd #8503

Cranston, RI 02920

Cassana HVAC

Tags: HVAC Contractor

(401) 230-9903

Last Updated:
March 31st, 2016

Cassana HVAC is a family owned plumbing, heating, air conditioning and general contracting company. We do all phases of heating including gas, propane and oil and also all phases of cooling. We provide residential and commercial work. Master pipefitt...
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23 Grove Avenue

Cranston, RI 02910

Asphalt Service Inc.

Tags: Paving Services Cranston

(401) 632-0203

Last Updated:
March 9th, 2015

Asphalt Service Inc. specializes in paving for roads, driveways, highways, parking lots, and more. The company is licensed in Rhode Island and is a minority-owned and operated business. Asphalt Service Inc. specializes in tar & stone / macadem servic...
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70 Burlingame Road

Cranston, RI 02921

Allsolidwoodcabinetry

Tags: kitchen cabinets

(401) 623-6863

Last Updated:
November 23rd, 2012

Ready To Assemble Kitchen Cabinets are one of the fastest growing cabinets in popularity.Allsolidwoodcabinetry Provides wide range of cherry kitchen cabinets,maple kitchen cabinets and oak kitchen cabinets. To know more about RTA kitchen cabinets vis...
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2220 Plainfield Pike

Cranston, RI 02921


How to Hire a Contractor in Cranston RI You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Cranston RI 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 Cranston 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 Cranston RI

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 Cranston RI

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a RI or Cranston 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 Cranston RI

Accidents happen to even the best Cranston 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 Cranston 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 Cranston RI

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