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Made in the Shade Blinds & More

Tags: blinds

(218) 779-9610

Last Updated:
July 1st, 2018

Every home or business needs some kind of window treatment, but our busy lifestyles and schedules keep most of us from being able to “shop around” for much of anything, particularly window coverings. Made in the Shade Blinds & More offers the perfect...
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4920 39th Ave S

Fargo, ND 58104

Big Fish Service Company Inc.

Tags: carpet cleaning fargo nd

(701) 306-7026

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2016

I help people in Fargo ND keep their carpet and air duct's clean. We have a unique company name and after people see what a great job we do in cleaning, they never forget our service either. 20 years of cleaning experience. An owner operated compa...
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1621 South University Dr Suite #205

Fargo, ND 58103

Red River Carpet Cleaning

Tags: carpet cleaning

(218) 443-0314

Last Updated:
May 21st, 2016

Red River Carpet Cleaning has been Fargo’s local owner operator for over 20 years! We use the powerful truck mount system that has higher water pressure and an overall more powerful clean- most apartment complex leases will require you to use truck m...
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1670 E. Gateway Circle S Apt. 121

Fargo, ND 58103

Medical Alert Fargo ND

Tags: Mobile Medical Alerts Fargo ND , GPS Medical Alert Fargo ND , Senor Medical Alert Fargo ND

(877) 647-9008

Last Updated:
March 23rd, 2015

When the phone rings in the Rescue Medical Alert affiliated Response Center, a highly-trained operator scans your vital statistics on the computer and carefully handles your call so you get the help you need quickly and efficiently.
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Serving Fargo North Dakota

Fargo, ND 58103

Gibb Robert & Sons Inc

Tags: plumbing & air conditioning

(701) 282-4400

Last Updated:
March 5th, 2014

Robert Gibb & Sons provide you repair & services for your plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, sewer and water systems in Fargo & Moorhead MN. We also offers you complete installations and maintenance services. Call us at 701-282-4400 for...
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205 40th St. SW

Fargo, ND 58103


How to Hire a Contractor in Fargo ND You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Fargo ND 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 Fargo 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 Fargo ND

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 Fargo ND

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a ND or Fargo 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 Fargo ND

Accidents happen to even the best Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo ND

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