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Local business listings for Glen Allen, VA

Richmond Hood Cleaners - Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning

Tags: hood cleaning

(804) 593-0430

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Hood cleaning Richmond businesses ask for is often an attempt to prevent fires. Grease buildup in your commercial kitchen exhaust system is exactly what a fire needs in order to take off, destroying your restaurant kitchen. Virginia Hood Cleaners ca...
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11201 Carrington Green Dr.

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Contractor Exam Preparation

Tags: Virginia Contractor License

(703) 475-0314

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We prepare contractor candidates to the pass the state-required PSI Contractor License Exams for both Virginia Contractor License and the Maryland MHIC Contractor License.
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4860 Cox Rd., Suite 200

Glen Allen, VA 23060

MR Siding and Windows

Tags: vinyl siding Richmond VA

(804) 550-1492

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

MR Siding and Windows is the leading siding and window replacement company in Richmond Virginia.
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4860 Cox Road, Suite 200

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Coastal Painting

Tags: House Painters Richmond VA

(804) 396-3620

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Our skilled painters are ready for all of your painting and staining projects. Your home or business will be professionally painted by local craftsmen, so choosing us is good for the Richmond, VA community. Coastal Painting, is all about outstanding ...
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4908 Dominion Blvd. Suite F

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Glen Allen Locksmiths

Tags: lock

(804) 441-8962

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We pride ourselves on our low prices for replacement car keys. There really is no need to go to the dealership where they charge incredibly high prices. At Glen Allen Locksmiths we do all keys for all models of vehicles. We employ the use of the same...
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1308 Mountain Rd

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Carter Brothers Locksmith Glen Allen VA

Tags: lock

(804) 441-8948

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Carter Brothers Locksmith Glen Allen VA is run by authorized and skilled techs whose passion is assisting people in need of assistance. We don’t forget to go that step further daily so that you can rely on us! In the 5 years we’ve been around, Carte...
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2809 Pine Lodge Ct

Glen Allen, VA 23060

We R Wireless

Tags: Cell Phone Store Glen Allen

(804) 266-9002

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

At our Verizon Wireless Store we offer quality products and exceptional service, all on "America's most reliable wireless network". Call us or stop in to our store to see the newest smart phones today!
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10101 Brook Road, Suite 768

Glen Allen, VA 23059

How to Hire a Contractor in Glen Allen VA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Glen Allen VA 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 Glen Allen 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 Glen Allen VA

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 Glen Allen VA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a VA or Glen Allen 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 Glen Allen VA

Accidents happen to even the best Glen Allen 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 Glen Allen 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.


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 Glen Allen VA

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