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Everlast Heating Cooling and Plumbing

Tags: Heating repair Dumont NJ

(201) 225-8054

Last Updated:
December 11th, 2014

Everlast Heating, Cooling and Plumbing is a local, family owned Dumont NJ HVAC company. We specialize in ac repair, heating repair, furnace repair, installation, replacement and Plumbing. We have worked with thousands of commercial and residential cu...
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419 Washington Ave

Dumont, NJ 07628

On The Move Signs & Graphics

Tags: Sign Making | Banners | Screen Printing | Heat Transfers | Vinyl Heat Transfers | Foil | Promotional Items & Giveaways | Schools Teams & Recreational Programs

(201) 439-0975

Last Updated:
December 16th, 2013

Custom printing at great prices. Hassle-free, quick turnaround. We want YOU to be happy. \r\n\r\nUse your design or stock designs. Add bling with rhinestones, glitter and sequins. Print on t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, shorts, uniforms ...
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105 W. Shore Ave., Dumont, New Jersey 07628

Dumont, NJ 07628

Water Damage Experts of Dumont NJ

Tags: Water & Fire Damage in Dumont NJ , Fire Damage Dumont NJ , Smoke Damage Dumont NJ

(866) 445-8856

Last Updated:
August 30th, 2013

24/7 Water Damage Dumont NJ Flood Restoration: Water damage can be greatly reduced if it is treated immediately, do not wait call Restoration 911 Water & Fire Damage 201-299-4178 to 24 hour emergency water and fire restoration services. We can give...
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Serving Bergen County

Dumont, NJ 07628


How to Hire a Contractor in Dumont NJ You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Dumont NJ 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 Dumont 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 Dumont NJ

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 Dumont NJ

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NJ or Dumont 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 Dumont NJ

Accidents happen to even the best Dumont 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 Dumont 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 Dumont NJ

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