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Appliance Repair Howell NJ

Tags: Appliance Repair

(732) 810-0843

Last Updated:
May 3rd, 2018

Appliance Repair Howell NJ promises to send professional home appliance repair technicians to help you resolve your issues. Regardless if you want us to replace parts, wires or other appliance components, we can promise a smooth experience. We are th...
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268 Aldrich Rd unit 8

Howell, NJ 07731

At Home Improvements, LLC

Tags: Remodeling contractor

(732) 614-0039

Last Updated:
April 20th, 2018

As a family-owned business with over two decades of experience in home improvements, At Home Improvements is your one-stop-shop for all of your remodeling needs in Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ. We excel in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, additions, ...
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Howell, NJ 07731

Infiniti Energy Services

Tags: solar

(732) 370-1446

Last Updated:
May 31st, 2017

We believe a solar world is a better world. Every day our turnkey solar solutions help organizations gain energy independence, lower electric bills, increase profits and decrease their carbon footprint. Infiniti Energy Services offers the best option...
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2885 Route 9 North Unit # 2

Howell, NJ 07731

Sabba’s Landscaping

Tags: Lawn-Care-Treatment

(732) 840-7667

Last Updated:
May 18th, 2017

Sabba’s Landscaping provides a variety of landscape and lawn care services to residential and commercial properties in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Our company is prided on quality work and customer care, allowing our customers to feel more at ease. ...
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175 Ramtown-Greenville Rd.

Howell, NJ 07731

Strat Contracting, LLC

Tags: General contractor

(848) 228-1498

Last Updated:
April 8th, 2017

If you're searching for a business that will turn your house into the place you have always imagined living in, Strat Contracting, LLC is here to suit your needs. Our company offers services in kitchen and bathroom renovation and hardscaping in Howe...
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5 Regina Dr

Howell, NJ 07731

Pool Town, Inc.

Tags: Pool Town Swimming Pools

(800) 882-0152

Last Updated:
August 13th, 2015

We are a full service pool company offering a wide range of services to create the custom pools of your dreams. Our swimming pools include unique designs with many features. In addition to inground pool construction, we provide New Jersey homeowners ...
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5500 U.S. 9

Howell, NJ 07731

Royal Air Heating & Air Conditioning

Tags: AC heating services nj

(732) 409-3322

Last Updated:
November 14th, 2014

Royal Air Heating & Air Conditioning is a full service HVAC Contractor that has been serving Central NJ since 1999. Whether you are in the market for a new HVAC system or your existing system maintained or repaired Royal Air will be able to provide y...
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1735 US Highway 9

Howell, NJ 07731

Klebo Plumbing

Tags: plumber

(732) 737-1804

Last Updated:
May 9th, 2013

Klebo Plumbing is a family owned and operated plumbing company in Howell, New Jersey. We have been providing plumbing services to New Jersey residents and businesses in Monmouth County and the surrounding towns for over 12 years. We are licensed, bon...
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544 Laurelwood Ct

Howell, NJ 07731


How to Hire a Contractor in Howell NJ You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Howell NJ 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 Howell 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 Howell NJ

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 Howell NJ

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NJ or Howell 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 Howell NJ

Accidents happen to even the best Howell 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 Howell 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 Howell NJ

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