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Pillar to Post - George Martos

Tags: Home Inspection Service

(954) 873-6048

Last Updated:
July 7th, 2018

We are proud to assist home buyers, home sellers, and real estate professionals in their home inspection. Pillar To Post offers a high quality home inspection, performed by George Martos, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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120 East Oakland Park Blvd Suite 105

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Custom Homes Building & Remodeling

Tags: custom home building

(954) 655-6088

Last Updated:
June 25th, 2018

Having your home remodeled is a practical solution that saves you the hassle of moving. At Custom Homes Building & Remodeling, we know the importance of working diligently, so you can get back to life as quickly as possible. Thatís also why we work t...
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6027C Nw 31st Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Creative Carpet Repair Fort Lauderdale

Tags: family owned

(954) 391-5091

Last Updated:
June 11th, 2018

Dial (954) 391-5091 for Expert Carpet Repair Services, Carpet Stretching, Carpet Patching, Carpet Dyeing, Berber Carpet Repair, Carpet Burn Repair, Carpet to Tile Transition Repair, Carpet to Hardwood Transition, Pet Damage Carpet Repair, Water Damag...
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765 E Dayton Circle

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Kg Air Appliance Repair llc

Tags: appliance repair

(800) 513-9430

Last Updated:
May 24th, 2018

K.G Air Appliance Repair 1(800)513-9430 We are an appliance repair company that services the tri county area, West Boca, Delray, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, Pompano Beach, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Appliance repairs are done by trained techs c...
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2728 davie blvd suite 167

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

EDSA, Inc

Tags: landscape architecture

(954) 524-3330

Last Updated:
May 14th, 2018

With over five decades of experience and hundreds of completed projects on six continents, EDSA has helped shape the global practice of planning, landscape architecture and urban design. The firm is widely recognized for its abilities to deal with co...
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1512 East Broward Blvd, Suite 110

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Locksmith Florida

Tags: Locksmith

(954) 703-5496

Last Updated:
May 13th, 2018

We are a locksmith dispatching service that provides clients with local trusted technicians to complete any locksmith request quickly and efficiently. We work with technicians in many states including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illino...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33330

Emergency Locksmith Service

Tags: Locksmith

(954) 707-6133

Last Updated:
May 12th, 2018

We are a locksmith dispatching service that provides clients with local trusted technicians to complete any locksmith request quickly and efficiently. We work with technicians in many states including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illino...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33331

Asap Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith

(954) 716-7689

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

We are a locksmith dispatching service that provides clients with local trusted technicians to complete any locksmith request quickly and efficiently. We work with technicians in many states including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illino...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33325

24 hr locksmith

Tags: Locksmith

(954) 703-5845

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

We are a locksmith dispatching service that provides clients with local trusted technicians to complete any locksmith request quickly and efficiently. We work with technicians in many states including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illino...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33323

24 Hour Locksmith Near Me

Tags: Locksmith

(954) 703-5516

Last Updated:
May 10th, 2018

We are a locksmith dispatching service that provides clients with local trusted technicians to complete any locksmith request quickly and efficiently. We work with technicians in many states including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illino...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33304



How to Hire a Contractor in Fort Lauderdale FL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Fort Lauderdale FL 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 Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale FL

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 Fort Lauderdale FL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a FL or Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale FL

Accidents happen to even the best Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale FL

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