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Local business listings for Des Moines, IA

Sprinkler Master Des Moines, IA

Tags: Des Moines sprinkler installation

(515) 981-6166

Last Updated:
September 19th, 2018

With over 100 years of collective experience, our team of expert technicians are the true masters of sprinkler repair. We understand how important your lawn is to you, and we know just what to do to keep it looking lush and green. We specialize in ...
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2322 Williams St

Des Moines, IA 50317

Des Moines Tree Service

Tags: tree service

(515) 207-4419

Last Updated:
May 15th, 2018

We are Des Moines's #1 RATED tree service business, serving Polk, Dallas, Warren, Madison, Jasper, and Marion counties. Des Moines Tree Service is a customer service business that just happens to perform tree care. We treat every client like they a...
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2108 73rd St

Des Moines, IA 50324

A+ Lawn & Landscape

Tags: lawn treatments

(515) 289-2020

Last Updated:
April 30th, 2017

Full service lawn and landscape company. Locally owned in Des Moines, IA for 30 years. From lawn treatments, sprinkler service and instillation, to mowing and grounds maintenance and landscape and installation along with garden center.
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6084 NE 22nd St

Des Moines, IA 50313

Haven Protection

Tags: Security Guard Service

(515) 724-7922

Last Updated:
April 26th, 2017

Haven Protection provides high quality protection solutions to a wide variety of clientele in both the public and private sectors, ensuring specific requirements of our clients are being met.
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309 Court St Ste 221

Des Moines, IA 50309

MBG Renovation

Tags: Bathroom remodeling

(515) 897-0696

Last Updated:
March 26th, 2017

At MBG Renovation, we're a Des Moines remodeler that loves remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and building custom pieces to complement your home.
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3749 E University Ave. #101

Des Moines, IA 50317

Maid in Des Moines

Tags: house cleaning des moines

(515) 215-6243

Last Updated:
March 4th, 2017

Maid in Des Moines offers house cleaning, home cleaning, and small business cleaning services in Central Iowa.
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2411 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50312

Statewide Roofing Express

Tags: roofing contractor

(505) 303-2118

Last Updated:
February 14th, 2017

Serving the State of Iowa, Statewide Roofing Express offers both residential and commercial roofing services. We work with all insurance companies, and will negotiate on your behalf to get the maximum reimbursement. Our crews are fully licensed, bond...
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309 Court Ave Suite 805

Des Moines, IA 50309

Hawkeye Tree Service

Tags: tree service

(515) 393-4520

Last Updated:
October 17th, 2016

We provide tree service, tree removal service, tree trimming service, tree service near me, affordable tree service or tree cutting services to the residents of Des Moines IA.
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2643 Beaver Ave. Suite 206

Des Moines, IA 50310

Des Moines Heating and Cooling Pros

Tags: ac contractors

(515) 344-4688

Last Updated:
March 10th, 2016

We aim to give each of our customers excellent quality HVAC services at an economical price. We offer the most effective service when it pertains to furnace or air conditioning repairs. We offer HVAC replacement and installations and are accessible 2...
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1011 Locust St #340

Des Moines, IA 50309

Des Moines Restoration Pros

Tags: water damage restoration service

(515) 216-4851

Last Updated:
January 26th, 2016

If you have water damage to your house or commercial property, our company proudly uses our clean up and restoration experts to remove basement, ceiling or other damage resulting from a flood, storm, broken pipe or other disaster.
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309 Court Ave., Suite 805

Des Moines, IA 50309

How to Hire a Contractor in Des Moines IA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Des Moines IA 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines IA

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 Des Moines IA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a IA or Des Moines 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 Des Moines IA

Accidents happen to even the best Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines IA

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