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Local business listings for Hickory, NC

Hickory Electric, LLC

Tags: Electrician

(828) 308-1824

Last Updated:
June 3rd, 2017

Electrical contracting company providing a full-suite of professional electrical services & support to residential & commercial clients in the Hickory, North Carolina region.
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1081 16th Ave NW

Hickory, NC 28601

Hickory Tree Service

Tags: Tree Removal

(828) 358-4332

Last Updated:
May 26th, 2017

Local Tree service doing Tree Removal and Tree Trimming services around Hickory North Carolina.
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231 Government Ave SW. Unit# 3901

Hickory, NC 28602

Wize Home Direct

Tags: United States

(828) 212-0580

Last Updated:
May 12th, 2016

Wize Home Direct Is Your Number 1 Provider Of Gutter, Gutter Guards, Windows; Entry Doors In Western North Carolina.
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5008 Hickory Blvd

Hickory, NC 28601

Custom Coatings Inc

Tags: commercial painting contractors

(828) 326-0953

Last Updated:
November 17th, 2015

At Custom Coating our level of service and superior craftsmanship is expected on every project. Call for a free estimate today.
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652 10th Ave Dr SE

Hickory, NC 28602

Custom Coatings Inc

Tags: industrial painting companies

(828) 326-0953

Last Updated:
July 2nd, 2015

Custom Coatings Inc specializes in commercial painting services, industrial, residential, and roof coating.
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652 10th Ave Dr SE

Hickory, NC 28602

Highland Woodcraft

Tags: Unfinished Furniture

(828) 303-2455

Last Updated:
May 19th, 2015

For the last 40 years, Highland Woodcraft has offered the finest quality real wood unfinished furniture at the best prices around. A lot has changed in the furniture industry in the last forty years. Most of our furniture is still made here in the Un...
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1223 Highland AVE NE

Hickory, NC 28601

Environmental Pest Solutions

Tags: Hickory Pest Control

(828) 320-9346

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2014

We Control: Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Bed Bugs, Stink Bugs, Carpenter Ants, Mosquitoes, Rats, Mice and Many More! Servicing Hickory, Morganton, Lenoir and surrounding areas for your Pest Control needs. Call Now 828-320-9346
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2113 Lake Acres Dr.

HICKORY, NC 28601

Certa Pro Painters

Tags: Interior Painters , Exterior Painters , Professional Painting Company

(828) 381-8601

Last Updated:
February 4th, 2014

Delighted to serve. Certain to satisfy.
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5123 Foley Drive

Hickory, NC 28603


How to Hire a Contractor in Hickory NC You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Hickory 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 Hickory 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 Hickory 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 Hickory NC

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

Accidents happen to even the best Hickory 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 Hickory 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 Hickory NC

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