Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Elmsford, NY

JF & Associates Home Improvement

Tags: Basement Finishing Larchmont

(914) 600-3594

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

If you are looking to add beauty and value to your home, look no further then JF & Associates Home Improvement. JF & Associates have been providing high quality home improvements to Westchester county residents for over 14 years and pride themselves ...
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260 Saw Mill River Rd.

Elmsford, NY 10523

Vivint Solar

Tags: solar

(914) 600-8014

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We're flipping the switch on how the world creates and consumes energy by connecting people to the power of the sun.
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3 Westchester Plz

Elmsford, NY 10523

Allstate Electrical Group

Tags: Residential Electrician NYC

(914) 238-3119

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

A residential electrician NYC can fix up the basic lighting to complex electrical systems. We have the group of qualified personnel to perform their job efficiently and effectively.
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44 N Central Avenue

Elmsford, NY 10523

Bowerman Cleaning and Restoration

Tags: Home Improvement

(844) 269-3762

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Bowerman Cleaning & Restoration has been operating in the Westchester County area for over 45 years. Today, the company serves clients throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, & Fairfield counties. We are proud to say that many of the company’s or...
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33 Hayes St

Elmsford, NY 10523

Authentic Window Design, LLC.

Tags: custom doors , custom windows , replacement windows

(866) 581-3695

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

"At Authentic Window Design one never ceases to think about ways to beautify their home to give a refreshing look. Yes! A beautiful yard, well-maintained patio, walkways, and driveways are there to enhance the look of the property. Doors and windows ...
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85 Executive Boulevard

Elmsford, NY 10523

Garage Door Repair Elmsford

Tags: Garage Door Repair Elmsford

(914) 276-5069

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Garage door service provider in Elmsford, New York with garage door prices that are inexpensive. They deal garage door repair and garage door parts.\r\n
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258 Saw Mill River Rd

Elmsford, NY 10523

How to Hire a Contractor in Elmsford NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Elmsford NY 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 Elmsford 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 Elmsford NY

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 Elmsford NY

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NY or Elmsford 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 Elmsford NY

Accidents happen to even the best Elmsford 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 Elmsford 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.


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 Elmsford NY

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