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Local business listings for Duluth, MN

Black Goose Chimney & Duct

Tags: Chimney Cleaning Duluth

(218) 721-3192

Last Updated:
July 3rd, 2018

Black Goose Chimney and Duct have served the Twin Ports, NE MN, and NW WI, since 1984. We do all types of chimney maintenance and repair. We do residential and commercial air duct and dryer vent cleaning. Our technicians are highly trained profession...
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2122 W. Superior St. Suite 2

Duluth, MN 55806

Duluth Landscapers

Tags: landscaping

(218) 306-7067

Last Updated:
December 27th, 2017

We have long been dedicated to bringing a specialized and quality service to homes across the Duluth area, and to give our clients an accessible service that you can afford. We believe that the services we provide do more than just make your property...
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16-1/2 E 6th St

Duluth, MN 55805

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Duluth MN

Tags: Water

(218) 727-8588

Last Updated:
August 9th, 2016

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Duluth MN is providing emergency restoration services since 2011. PDES of Duluth MN has become a trustworthy emergency restoration services company in Minnesota states. If you are seeking help for Water Damage restor...
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2524 West Maple Grove Rd

Duluth, MN 55811

Carpet Cleaning Duluth MN

Tags: carpet cleaning

(218) 258-0199

Last Updated:
May 15th, 2016

If you are looking for the best carpet cleaners in Duluth, Superior and all of the surrounding areas please give us a call. Our carpet cleaners have years of experience working with home owners and businesses. We pride ourselves in offering courteous...
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23 W Central Entrance Suite 333 A

Duluth, MN 55811

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Duluth MN

Tags: Fire damage and Water Damage Restoration in Duluth

(218) 727-8588

Last Updated:
February 16th, 2016

If you need help for Water Damage, Fire Damage, Mold Restoration Services,Call Paul Davis Emergency Services at (218) 727-8588.Paul Davis emergency services of duluth MN is 24 hours open for you.
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2524 West Maple Grove Rd

Duluth, MN 55811

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Duluth MN

Tags: water damage restoration

(218) 727-8588

Last Updated:
January 13th, 2016

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Duluth MN has become a trustworthy name because of their outstanding services such as Water Damage, Fire Damage, Mold Remediation & Emergency Restoration Services for years.
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2524 West Maple Grove Rd

Duluth, MN 55811

Design Build Duluth

Tags: Architectural Design

(218) 341-2884

Last Updated:
August 7th, 2015

Remodel your house and save money at the same time with Design Build Duluth. We are project designers working directly with homeowners who wish to remodel their existing home or are planning to build a new home. We provide a full range of architectur...
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600 West Redwing Street

Duluth, MN 55803

Denny's Lawn & Garden

Tags: Lawn and Garden Equipment Duluth MN

(218) 728-1854

Last Updated:
June 24th, 2015

We are a family owned and operated business, proudly serving Duluth and the surrounding area with the best in Equipment, Parts, Service and Accessories for Ariens, Gravely, Toro, Cub Cadet , Honda , Scag, Stihl , Simplicity , Snapper , Echo, Jonsered...
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4122 Woodland Ave.

Duluth, MN 55803

JMB Designs LLC

Tags: full-service residential commercial interior design , kitchen bathroom design , authorized dealer for KraftMaid Cabinetry and DeNova Surfaces

(218) 349-2972

Last Updated:
August 9th, 2012

JMB Designs is a full-service residential and commercial interior design business, specializing in kitchen & bathroom design and is an authorized dealer for KraftMaid Cabinetry and DeNova Surfaces.
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4529 E. Superior St., Suite B

Duluth, MN 55804


How to Hire a Contractor in Duluth MN You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Duluth MN 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 Duluth 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 Duluth MN

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 Duluth MN

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MN or Duluth 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 Duluth MN

Accidents happen to even the best Duluth 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 Duluth 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 Duluth MN

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