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Signature Garage Door Repair Service

Tags: Garage door

(302) 469-3775

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2017

Welcome to Signature Garage Door Repair Service Very trustworthy! Gave us a quote to come out on a Sunday. We found a better price, and Mike told us they would jack up the prices. Which they did!! We desperately needed to get out of the garage so we ...
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7454 Lancaster Pike

Hockessin, DE 19707

Boulden One Hour HVAC Hockessin DE

Tags: HVAC Service & Repairs Hockessin DE , Heater & Furnace Service Hockessin DE , Air Conditioning Service Hockessin DE

(302) 725-0320

Last Updated:
September 30th, 2012

Air conditioning and cooling system repairs Hockessin DE: When it is hot outside and the air conditioning stops working we at Boulden One Hour HVAC can help and we can help fast, just one call to 302-725-0320 starts the emergency technicians on there...
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Serving New Castle County Since 1946

Hockessin, DE 19707

Vent & Duct Cleaning Hockessin DE

Tags: Air Vent Cleaners Hockessin DE , Dryer Vent Cleaners Hockessin DE , Air Duct Cleaners Hockessin DE

(866) 445-8856

Last Updated:
June 15th, 2013

We are local to Hockessin so why wait days or weeks for an out of area company to send a technician out. Providing a clean and healthy environment for members of the family is definitely one of the major concerns of parents. While some dedicate serio...
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Serving New Castle County Delaware

Hockessin, DE 19707

Boulden Plumbing Hockessin DE

Tags: Sewer Drain Hockessin DE , Leak Detection , Garbage Disposal Hockessin DE

(302) 725-0320

Last Updated:
August 3rd, 2012

Water heater problems can really affect your family or business, if your water heater needs repair or service because it is leaking or will not light, we can usually be at your door in under an hour Serving New Castle County Boulden Plumbing 302-725-...
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Serving New Castle County Since 1946

Hockessin, DE 19707

Topsoil Compost

Tags: Topsoil Compost

(302) 442-7327

Last Updated:
April 30th, 2012

Topsoil compost 302 442-7327 484-821-1517 delivered spread Hockessin, Kennett Square, Wilmington, West Chester Unionville Downingtown
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1167 old wilmington road

Hockessin, DE 19707

How to Hire a Contractor in Hockessin DE You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Hockessin DE 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 Hockessin 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 Hockessin DE

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 Hockessin DE

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a DE or Hockessin 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 Hockessin DE

Accidents happen to even the best Hockessin 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 Hockessin 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 Hockessin DE

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