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Local business listings for Durham, NC

Piedmont Metro Heating & Air

Tags: AC Repair

(919) 544-9767

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

Piedmont Metro provides residential and commercial heating and air conditioning repair, servicing, replacement and installation of existing central air conditioning systems, HVAC units, gas furnace and heat pump units at affordable prices with excell...
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8305 Fayetteville Road

Durham, NC 27713

DW EVANS ELECTRIC INC

Tags: Electrical Service

(919) 383-6020

Last Updated:
April 29th, 2018

D.W. Evans Electric was founded in 1979 and Incorporated in 1988. We are dedicated to fulfilling the electrical needs of our customers and the Raleigh - Durham community.
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3511 Evans Corporate Lane

Durham, NC 27705

Top NC Pest Control

Tags: bed bugs

(919) 283-4330

Last Updated:
September 19th, 2017

Pest Control Animal Control
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2530 Meridian Parkway 2nd & 3rd Floors

Durham, NC 27713

All Weather Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Tags: HVAC , air conditioning , heating

(919) 967-9775

Last Updated:
June 26th, 2017

HVAC, Heating, and Air Conditioning Service in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough
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1412 Old Oxford Rd #500

Durham, NC 27704

Bull City Tree Service

Tags: Tree Removal

(919) 491-0126

Last Updated:
April 24th, 2017

Bull City Tree Service offers: - Complete Tree Removal - Tree Repair - Stump Removal - Tree Trimming Service - Firewood Service - Storm Recovery - Debris Removal - Lot Clearing - Chip/Mulching - 24/7 Emergency Service.
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1201 Paul Rd

Durham, NC 27705

Greers Service Company Inc

Tags: HVAC

(919) 544-2652

Last Updated:
April 29th, 2016

Greer's Service Company is a family-owned-and-operated Air Conditioning business that offers year-round heating and cooling services to property owners throughout Durham, Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and all the surrounding communities of the Tri...
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2901 Bertland Avenue Suite 2117

Durham, NC 27705

Granite Garage Floors

Tags: Garage Floor Coating

(919) 323-3953

Last Updated:
February 12th, 2016

Our only business is upgrading garage floors with a coating system that looks and last like granite. Granite Garage Floors is founded on the principles of quality, service, and value. Our installation teams are professional, experienced, and they ...
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762 Ninth St., Suite 673

Durham, NC 27705

The Tidy Maids of Durham/Chapel Hill

Tags: House Cleaning Service

(919) 720-4736

Last Updated:
June 25th, 2015

The Tidy Maids of Durham and Chapel Hill provides tailored home cleaning services to it's clients. Whether you need a weekly, bi weekly, monthly house cleaning in Durham or onetime cleaning The Tidy Maids does it all.
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1725 Carpenter Fletcher Rd Suite 104

Durham, NC 27713

Hamm's Tree Service

Tags: tree service durham nc

(919) 641-3064

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2015

David Hamm, affectionately known as "The Tree Guy", runs Hamm's Tree Service in Durham, NC. The company offers free estimates on all tree work, including removals, pruning, and more.
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5001 Pine Cone Dr

Durham, NC 27707

Carolina Air Conditioning Co

Tags: hvac

(919) 683-2421

Last Updated:
November 28th, 2014

Thank you for choosing the experts in HVAC service and HVAC repair, Carolina Air Conditioning Co. Inc.. Our technicians are the premier choice for professional and affordable heating and cooling system repair and maintenance in the Durham, Raleigh, M...
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4537 Hillsborough Rd

Durham, NC 27705



How to Hire a Contractor in Durham NC You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Durham NC 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 Durham 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 Durham NC

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 Durham NC

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NC or Durham 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 Durham NC

Accidents happen to even the best Durham 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 Durham 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 Durham NC

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