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Local business listings for Elgin, IL

Garage Door Repair Elgin

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(847) 230-7208

Last Updated:
March 10th, 2018

We guarantee if you ever have any issues with your garage door, we'll fix it ASAP. Let us prove to you why we are the preferred garage door repair facility in Elgin. Call or e-mail us today to set up an inspection and get a free quote.
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667 Slate Run

Elgin, IL 60124

Top Team Garage Door Repair

Tags: Garage Door Repair Elgin

(224) 225-9988

Last Updated:
February 26th, 2018

Garage Door Repair Elgin For many years now, Top Team Garage Door has provided the Elgin, Illinois area with fast, affordable, friendly garage door service and sales. Are you interested in replacing your out-of-date or dented and dinged garage door?
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949 Van St

Elgin, IL 60123

Excellent Garage Door & Services,LLC

Tags: Garage Door

(224) 210-6905

Last Updated:
October 26th, 2017

EXCELLENT GARAGE DOORS We are a premier garage door repair and service company serving the Chicagoland area. We provide top quality service at a very reasonable price. Excellent Garage Door & Services,LLC stands ready to solve any problem you may i...
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Elgin, IL 60120

JSR Enterprises, Inc

Tags: Lawn care service

(847) 987-8503

Last Updated:
February 18th, 2017

JSR Enterprises, Inc. is a full service tree and landscaping company servicing Elgin IL and surrounding areas. We are proud to provide service to our clientele during all four seasons of the year. From spring yard clean ups, arboricultural servic...
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376 Purdue Lane

Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Garage Door Company

Tags: Elgin Garage Door Company

(925) 291-9685

Last Updated:
December 27th, 2016

Elgin Garage Door Company service has been providing best residential and industrial garage door service in Elgin. We are specialist in the service, repair and maintenance of residential garage doors and openers.
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755 Highland Ave

Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Door Repair Company

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(915) 755-5800

Last Updated:
December 26th, 2016

Elgin Door Repair Company provides and installs new garage doors and specialist in automatic garage door repairs & services in Elgin. With over years of expertise, our operated company makes a speciality of garage door service, installation, and repa...
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112 Douglas Ave

Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Garage Door Services

Tags: Best Garage Door Repair Elgin

(254) 743-6850

Last Updated:
December 26th, 2016

Elgin Garage Door Services of Elgin, IL is your trusted supply for garage door services together with repairs, installation, sales & service. We have Garage door installations, repairs, replacements services with well-trained consultants to reach you...
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189 S Gifford St

Elgin, IL 60120

Athena Air Conditioning & Heating

Tags: hvac companies

(847) 232-4128

Last Updated:
November 7th, 2016

Athena Air Conditioning and Heating is your #1 source for all your HVAC needs! Professionals that take pride in their work, Athena is committed to 100% satisfaction. So whether you need an air conditioner tune up, or a whole new heating system, Athen...
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244 S Randall Rd #1051

Elgin, IL 60123

Beyond Custom Co.

Tags: Roofing Company

(708) 574-7915

Last Updated:
June 29th, 2016

An Elgin Il general contractor focusing on commercial and residential roofing as well as home additions, windows, doors, siding, gutters, and more.
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1714 Pin Oak Lane

Elgin, IL 60120

P2S Elgin Carpet Cleaning

Tags: United States

(630) 318-3760

Last Updated:
April 16th, 2016

Description: P2S Elgin Carpet Cleaning is a carpet and upholstery cleaning company based in Elgin, Illinois. We are committed to providing quality cleaning services to our customers at the most affordable price. We also perform pressure washing, wate...
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886 Bluff City Blvd 886 Bluff City Blvd

Elgin, IL 60120



How to Hire a Contractor in Elgin IL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Elgin IL 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 Elgin 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 Elgin IL

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 Elgin IL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a IL or Elgin 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 Elgin IL

Accidents happen to even the best Elgin 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 Elgin 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 Elgin IL

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