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Evanston Stamped Concrete

Tags: Concrete Contractors

(847) 558-7510

Last Updated:
September 21st, 2018

Evanston Stamped Concrete is your pro for concrete repair, patios, curbs, sidewalks concrete driveways, walkways, concrete pads, pool decks, retaining walls, stamped concrete, acid stained concrete
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1720 Sherman Ave #201B

Evanston, IL 60201

Evanston Tree Service

Tags: Evanston tree service

(847) 563-4044

Last Updated:
May 3rd, 2018

We are a professional full service tree company in Evanston, IL. Evanston Tree Service is one of the best tree companies with multiple full-time crews and Certified Arborists. Our services include tree removal, tree cutting, tree trimming, stump remo...
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3340 Emerson St

Evanston, IL 60203

Top Team Garage Door Repair

Tags: Garage Door Repair Evanston

(224) 218-0805

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2018

Garage Door Repair Evanston For many years now, Top Team Garage Door has provided the Evanston, 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 Are you interested in replacing your out-of-date or dented and dinged garage ...
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1418 Asbury Ave

Evanston, IL 60201

Sparkly Maid

Tags: Maid service

(224) 214-0145

Last Updated:
September 16th, 2017

Evanston House Cleaning Services and Evanston Maid Services.
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922 Davis St

Evanston, IL 60201

Garage Door Blog

Tags: Garage Door Blog

(334) 674-0971

Last Updated:
December 27th, 2016

Garage Door Blog and services has been providing the highest quality garage door products at reasonable prices for garage door repair and maintenance. We offer fast and friendly service for garage doors with bad springs, installation and maintenance....
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1108 Grove St

Evanston, IL 60201

CertaPro Painters of Evanston Chicago Northeast, IL

Tags: Evanston Painters

(630) 590-9733

Last Updated:
October 13th, 2016

CertaPro Painters of Evanston Chicago Northeast, IL has been serving Chicagoland for over 10 years, providing interior and exterior residential and commercial painting services. Ottis Ballenger, local owner of CertaPro Painters of Evanston and Chic...
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848 Dodge Ave #351

Evanston, IL 60202

WindSoleil Solar and Wind Energy Services

Tags: solar panel charger Chicago

(224) 307-4057

Last Updated:
August 19th, 2016

WindSoleil Solar and Wind Energy Services products turn the energy around you into electricity you can use and so you dont have to rely on non-renewable resources, or pay large bills for electricity. We believe that everything is energy and energy is...
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1715 Emerson St

Evanston, IL 60201

Evanston Remodeling Pros

Tags: General Contractor

(847) 232-6335

Last Updated:
June 30th, 2016

Full Design and Build Remodeling services from start to finish. For example, expansion to existing structure on a new floor or same level, whole home remodeling, converting a 2 flat into single home, complete gut and new layout, as well as kitchen an...
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137 Clyde Avenue

Evanston, IL 60202

Locksmith Evanston

Tags: Locksmith Service

(847) 801-0723

Last Updated:
December 20th, 2015

A company for all locksmith services! Locksmith Evanston is a local 24/7 contractor, located in Illinois and offers full home, car and office lock repair services. Installs and rekeys high security locks.
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Michigan Ave #653

Evanston, IL 60202

Garage Door Repair Evanston

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(847) 886-4123

Last Updated:
December 16th, 2015

Is your garage door giving you too much trouble each day? You already have enough on your plate, and shouldn’t have to deal with the chore of manually opening and closing your garage door everyday before you leave the house. Fortunately, Garage Doo...
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2135 Howard St

Evanston, IL 60202



How to Hire a Contractor in Evanston IL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Evanston 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 Evanston 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 Evanston 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 Evanston IL

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

Accidents happen to even the best Evanston 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 Evanston 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 Evanston IL

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