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Local business listings for Franklin, MA

Accurate Heat-Air Services, Inc

Tags: HVAC Contractor

(508) 520-7248

Last Updated:
October 17th, 2017

Installation Whether you are building a new home or upgrading to a new more efficient heating and cooling system for your present home, Trane has a capacity, efficiency and price that will suit your needs. Our systems include cooling, heating, air c...
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120 Grove Street

Franklin, MA 02038

Jancon Exteriors

Tags: Siding

(508) 520-3935

Last Updated:
October 7th, 2016

At Jancon Exteriors, we pay attention to all of those little details that most home improvement companies simply miss. We are not your typical run-of-the-mill home improvement contractor in Franklin, MA and surrounding areas. Starting from the first ...
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20 Grove St. Suite #3

Franklin, MA 02038

New View Marble and Granite

Tags: Granite

(508) 541-3909

Last Updated:
July 24th, 2016

New View Marble & Granite is a direct importer and fabricator of Marble, Granite and Natural Stone. Marble and Granite Countertops Ma and Quartz Countertops in Massachusetts. We will fabricate and install the highest quality stone, quartz, and compos...
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1 Master Dr

Franklin, MA 02038

DC Construction Services

Tags: Remodeling

(774) 571-3615

Last Updated:
March 31st, 2014

DC Construction Services is a full service construction/remodeling company. We offer all aspects of commercial and residential construction, remodeling and additions. Specializing in Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling, Painting, Flooring- Hardwood - Til...
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84 Crescent Street

Franklin, MA 02038

Jancon Exteriors

Tags: worcester ma roofing contractors

(508) 889-6177

Last Updated:
December 22nd, 2013

The skilled craftsmen at Jancon Exteriors expertise in construction services including wood siding, vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, roofing, and exterior trimming for residential and commercial properties in the southern New England territory. Cal...
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20 Grove St Ste 2

Franklin, MA 02038

Franklin Concrete Cutting

Tags: Concrete Sawing

(508) 507-9500

Last Updated:
April 25th, 2013

Franklin Concrete Cutting services the local residents of Franklin Massachusetts 02038 and surrounding areas for concrete cutting, breaking and sawing.
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43 Main Street

Franklin, MA 02038


How to Hire a Contractor in Franklin MA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Franklin MA 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 Franklin 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 Franklin MA

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 Franklin MA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MA or Franklin 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 Franklin MA

Accidents happen to even the best Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin MA

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