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Gastonia Home Security

Tags: http://www.gastoniahomesecurity.com

(704) 769-2892

Last Updated:
September 27th, 2016

Gastonia Home Security is the best place to call for your home and business security needs. We offer the highest technology at the lowest cost possible. Call us today and see just how great we are!
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1421-A E. Franklin Blvd. #243

Gastonia, NC 28054

Gastonia Home Security

Tags: home security service

(704) 769-2892

Last Updated:
September 7th, 2016

Gastonia Home Security is the best place to call for your home or business security needs. We offer the newest and best technology at an affordable price to meet your needs. Unlike some of the larger new entrants to the security market, we install o...
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1421-A E. Franklin Blvd. #243

Gastonia, NC 28054

Bob Davis Chimney

Tags: Chimney

(704) 777-7195

Last Updated:
January 20th, 2016

Bob Davis has been cleaning and inspecting fireplaces and chimneys for over 20 years. His knowledge on the matter is extensive and he takes great pride in assuring a job well done – that you will have the cleanest, safest fireplace and chimney once h...
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618 Eastwood Drive

Gastonia, NC 28054

Car Keys

Tags: car locksmith

(704) 215-4238

Last Updated:
September 10th, 2015

As Charlotte's #1 automotive locksmith, we specialize in car key replacement, car key duplication, car remotes, emergency car unlock services and more.
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1842 White Cedar Dr.

Gastonia, NC 28056

Garage Door Repair Gastonia NC

Tags: Garage Door Repair Gastonia NC

(704) 288-0436

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2015

Garage Door Repair Gastonia NC , fast and local service provided from Gastonia NC 28052 , find more at http://garagedoorrepairgastonia-nc.com/
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189 S South St

Gastonia, NC 28052

Cip Remodeling & Repairs

Tags: kitchen or bathroom remodeling or remodel

(704) 201-9419

Last Updated:
May 20th, 2013

If you’re in need of remodeling services, like painting to flooring you’ve come to the right place. As a general contractor Cip Remodeling & Repairs has been in the residential construction industry for years, providing excellent service and qual...
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117 North Chestnut St

Gastonia, NC 28054

Divine Lightscapes

Tags: Outdoor Light Scaper

(704) 749-4949

Last Updated:
August 8th, 2012

Divine Lightscapes is a family owned business offering Outdoor Lighting Service, Design and Installation for the Southern suburbs of North Carolina, the Northern suburbs of South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas. We are the lea...
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3254 Pikes Peak Drive

Gastonia, NC 28052

Dr. Energy Saver Charlotte

Tags: home energy audits

(877) 457-7212

Last Updated:
July 28th, 2011

Home Energy Conservation Experts providing a full range of Energy Saving Services in Charlotte, NC.
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P.O. Box 12216

Gastonia, NC 28052


How to Hire a Contractor in Gastonia NC You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Gastonia NC 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia NC

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 Gastonia NC

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NC or Gastonia 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 Gastonia NC

Accidents happen to even the best Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia NC

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