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Landscape Elkhart

Tags: types of landscape

(574) 406-0550

Last Updated:
February 14th, 2018

We provide landscaping services in Elkhart, Indiana.
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25463 Baker St.

Elkhart, IN 46514

Elkhart Tree Company

Tags: local tree service companies

(574) 607-4729

Last Updated:
February 14th, 2018

We offer tree service, tree removal, and tree care in Elkhart, Indiana.
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25463 Baker St

Elkhart, IN 46514

Elkhart Heating & AC

Tags: heating and cooling in Elkhart

(574) 607-4990

Last Updated:
February 10th, 2018

We offer HVAC services in Elkhart, Indiana. Furnace Repair, AC Repair, AC Installation, Heater Installation Etc. Call us today at 574-607-4990 for a free quote.
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2621 Turnberry Dr. Suite# 2B

Elkhart, IN 46514

Elkhart Gutter Pros

Tags: gutter installation

(574) 406-1080

Last Updated:
January 15th, 2018

We Offer Gutter Cleaning, Installation, And Repair In Elkhart, Indiana.
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2621 Turnberry Dr Suite# 2B

Elkhart, IN 46514

Backyard Ice Hockey Rinks

Tags: backyard ice rinks

(574) 830-8305

Last Updated:
February 7th, 2017

Backyard Ice Hockey Rinks is your premiere source for ice rink construction in your backyard, basement, tennis court, pool, etc. We service all over Michiana. Call us today for a free estimate at (574) 830-8305 for a free estimate.
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25433 Doe Meadow Place

Elkhart, IN 46514

Legacy Heating & Air Inc.

Tags: Furnace and Air Conditioner sales

(574) 293-8444

Last Updated:
January 26th, 2017

Legacy Heating and Air, Inc. is a Cook Family Business that has been servicing the Elkhart, South Bend and Michiana area since 1945. Our family owned and operated company offers the most trusted and established air conditioning and furnace installati...
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22285 Elkhart East Blvd

Elkhart, IN 46514

Legacy Heating & Air Inc.

Tags: legacy heat

(574) 293-8444

Last Updated:
March 10th, 2016

Legacy Heating and Air Inc. is owned and operated by the Cook family which has been in the heating and air conditioning business since 1945 when Vernon Cook moved to Elkhart to become a Lennox Furnace Dealer. Over the years, they built the business f...
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23821 Old U.S. 20

Elkhart, IN 46516

Silver Creek Homes, Inc.

Tags: Custom Built Homes

(877) 262-2701

Last Updated:
April 14th, 2015

Custom Built Homes in Goshen, Granger and Mishawaka are our specialty! If you haven't seen the new healthier way to build an energy efficient home in Michiana, you haven't called Silver Creek Homes, Inc. Specializing in magnificent modular home const...
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2260 Cassopolis Street

Elkhart, IN 46514

Michiana Cleaners

Tags: maid service

(574) 830-8483

Last Updated:
April 2nd, 2015

We are the best maid service in the south bend, elkhart, mishawaka, granger area.  Please call us at 574-830-8483 today for special rates.
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51041 County Road 11

Elkhart, IN 46514

Elkhart Landscape

Tags: landscaping

(574) 607-4750

Last Updated:
March 31st, 2015

We are the best landscaping company in Michiana.  With our competitive prices and attention to detail we make sure we get the job done correctly.
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4000 East Bristol St.Ste 3

Elkhart, IN 46514


How to Hire a Contractor in Elkhart IN You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Elkhart IN 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 Elkhart 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 Elkhart IN

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 Elkhart IN

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a IN or Elkhart 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 Elkhart IN

Accidents happen to even the best Elkhart 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 Elkhart 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 Elkhart IN

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