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Local business listings for Elkridge, MD

A-1 Roofing Services

Tags: Commercial roof repair

(410) 799-1600

Last Updated:
May 4th, 2017

A-1 Roofing is the #1 roofing company in Baltimore and Howard County, MD. In the very competitive roofing industry, we strive to be the best. A-1 Roofing was established in 2000 and has been earning the business of residents and commercial businesses...
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6360 South Hanover Rd.

Elkridge, MD 21075

Eastern Point Garage Door

Tags: Garage door Repair Elkridge

(443) 620-3761

Last Updated:
November 10th, 2016

Eastern Point Garage Door local & affordable garage door company in Elkridge, MD and surrounding areas
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6350 S Hanover Rd Suite L

Elkridge , MD 21075

The Garage Door Guys

Tags: garage door repairs

(443) 949-5233

Last Updated:
July 5th, 2016

When you need garage door services and emergency garage door repair in Elkridge, Maryland The Garage Door Guys are here to serve you with diligence and dedication. It is part of our mission to provide reliable services and a price you can afford, sev...
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6661 Washington Blvd suite 211

Elkridge, MD 21075

Granite Countertops, Kitchen, Vanity, Marble, Soapstone MD

Tags: granite countertops md

(443) 445-3709

Last Updated:
May 16th, 2016

Granite countertops measures, fabricates and installs quality kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds in Maryland. Our natural stone selection is not limited to granite. We also offer marble, soapstone, limestone...
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6315 Howard Ln

Elkridge, MD 21075

United Granite Countertops

Tags: granite countertops in md

(410) 540-9333

Last Updated:
December 7th, 2015

United Granite is a well-established natural & engineered stone fabricator and installer serving Maryland, Virginia, DC, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With 25 years of experience, our company is specialized in kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, b...
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6315 Howard Ln

elkridge, MD 21075

Locksmith in Elkridge MD

Tags: Locksmith-Elkridge

(410) 695-3698

Last Updated:
August 24th, 2015

Our team at Locksmith Elkridge in Maryland always carry the latest in equipment, and provides top in quality emergency lock out service, experienced experts to help you out.
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5150 Old Washington Rd

Elkridge, MD 21075

RM Garhart & Sons Construction

Tags: Home repairs

(410) 245-0269

Last Updated:
May 7th, 2015

Are you looking for an experienced remodeling contractor in the Elkridge, MD area? RM Garhart & Sons Construction provides exceptional home remodeling & room addition services.
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5731 Elkridge Heights Rd

Elkridge, MD 21075

Garage Door Repair Elkridge MD

Tags: Garage Door Repair Elkridge MD

(410) 934-0347

Last Updated:
January 6th, 2015

Garage Door Repair Elkridge MD , fast service from Elkridge MD 21075 , for more info visit http://garagedoorrepairelkridgemd.com/
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5826 Washington Boulevard

Elkridge, MD 21075

Air Duct Cleaning Maryland

Tags: Air duct cleaning

(443) 637-7118

Last Updated:
March 14th, 2014

We provide great statewide Maryland air duct cleaning service for the lowest rates on the market! Our licensed and bonded professionals should always be your first choice for home care. We offer all necessary home improvement services such as attic c...
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6801 Douglas Legum Dr

Elkridge, MD 21075

A1 Locksmith

Tags: locksmith Elkridge

(410) 846-1992

Last Updated:
December 6th, 2013

A1 Locksmith. (410) 846-1992. 6252 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075. 24/7 Locksmiths in Elkridge, MD. Auto & Residential Lock Out Service in Elkridge, MD.
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6252 Washington Blvd

Elkridge, MD 21075



How to Hire a Contractor in Elkridge MD You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Elkridge MD 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 Elkridge 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 Elkridge MD

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 Elkridge MD

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MD or Elkridge 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 Elkridge MD

Accidents happen to even the best Elkridge 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 Elkridge 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 Elkridge MD

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