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Local business listings for Fort Walton Beach, FL

Fort Walton Beach Fencing Company

Tags: fencing company

(850) 972-2936

Last Updated:
December 26th, 2017

Fort Walton Beach Fencing Company provides high quality fence installation and repair services throughout the Fort Walton Beach, Navarre and Pensacola, FL area. We deliver high quality fences at affordable rates. It would be our pleasure to serve you...
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230 Moriarty St. NW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Concrete Contractors Fort Walton Beach

Tags: concrete contractor fort walton beach

(850) 659-6343

Last Updated:
December 18th, 2017

In Fort Walton Beach, we are a people on the go. Our roads, driveways and parking lots get a ton of use daily. We are Pensacola's stamped concrete experts helping you to have a smooth driving experience. We work with clients from commercial, resident...
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230 Moriarty St. NW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Carpet Cleaner FWB

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(850) 684-2082

Last Updated:
November 16th, 2017

We are the first choice for Carpet Cleaning Service on Emerald Coast of Florida . As the premier carpet cleaning company in the Fort Walton Beach and surrounding area,we provide Residential and Commercial Service. We also handle upholstery, tile & gr...
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Mary Esther Cutoff ST. 18-175

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Advanced Concrete Supply

Tags: Flooring contractor

(850) 301-0306

Last Updated:
August 22nd, 2017

Advanced Concrete Supply provides installation, maintenance, and repair of decorative concrete, epoxy, stained concrete, and other beautiful specialty flooring solutions.
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94 Ready Ave NW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

CRP CLEANING LLC

Tags: carpet cleaning fort walton beach fl

(850) 797-0766

Last Updated:
September 24th, 2014

Our mission is to provide our customers with a healthy indoor environment by removing many of the indoor contaminants. This includes dirt, grime, odors and irritants that trigger allergic reactions.
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130 Perry Ave,Unit D

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Air Conditioning Engineers

Tags: air conditioning engineers fort walton beach

(850) 243-3356

Last Updated:
June 23rd, 2014

With more than 53 years in the heating and cooling business, Air Conditioning Engineers is dedicated to providing the best possible service for you and your family. You can count on us to provide you with a system and solution that fits your family’s...
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113 4th Street Southeast

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Killingsworth Pest Control

Tags: Pest Control

(850) 244-4161

Last Updated:
March 18th, 2014

Killingsworth Pest Control provides insect control, termite control and lawn care services in Florida. Our services are focused on protecting what’s most important to you, your home and your family.
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3 Chestnut Ave., S.E.

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Premier Chem-Dry

Tags: CARPET RUG & UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS

(850) 862-0062

Last Updated:
February 15th, 2014

Fort Walton Beach Carpet Cleaning by Premier Chem-Dry uses green solutions to deeply clean your home. Area rugs can be expensive so our technicians will handle your rug with care and use the proper cleaning techniques for your specific rug. Our metho...
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330 Green Acres Road

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547


How to Hire a Contractor in Fort Walton Beach FL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Fort Walton Beach 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 Walton Beach 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 Walton Beach 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 Walton Beach FL

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

Accidents happen to even the best Fort Walton Beach 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 Walton Beach 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 Walton Beach FL

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