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Local business listings for Independence, MO

Armor Roofing - Independence

Tags: Independence MO Roofers

(816) 521-6152

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2018

Our local roofing company supplies leading quality roofing and gutter expertise to residents in Johnson County as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Our company is a locally owned business that has been providing roof services in the area for more t...
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9025 E US Hwy 40

Independence, MO 64055

Fresh Coat Paint and Stain

Tags: City Epoxy

(816) 803-5199

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

Fresh Coat Paint & Stain is a full-service residential and commercial painting and epoxy contractor located in Kansas City, Missouri with over 12 years in business.
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3011 Frontage Rd, Suite C

Independence, MO 64057

Dynamic Locksmiths

Tags: garage door lock

(816) 219-0414

Last Updated:
March 14th, 2018

"Now that Dynamic Locksmiths is on the job, you can be sure that your lock or key issue will be correctly addressed. At Dynamic Locksmiths we specialize in automotive, residential and commercial locksmith services. If you want the best services possi...
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604 W Maple Ave

Independence, MO 64050

JG Contracting

Tags: JG Contracting

(816) 253-8762

Last Updated:
March 12th, 2018

JG Contracting offers free roofing estimates, Free Gutters & gutter covers, 12 months no interest and no monthly payments. Find out which one of our offers fits best with your family today!
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11015 E. 23rd St.

Independence, MO 64052

Arrowhead Door Co.

Tags: Independence Garage Door Repair

(816) 373-8228

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2017

HOME RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PARTS GARAGE DOOR OPENERS CONTACT US. CALL TODAY 816-373-8228 Hours Mon- Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Serving Kansas City, Independence and the Metropolitan area Garage Doors Repair and Service and Replacement Openers You c...
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15503 East 43rd Terrace South

Independence, MO 64055

Stuck's Heating & Cooling

Tags: Heating Repair

(816) 650-6217

Last Updated:
February 13th, 2013

Stucks Heating and Cooling provides HVAC repair services as well as new heating and cooling installations.
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3802 N. Perrin Rd.

Independence, MO 64058

Water Damage Experts Independence MO

Tags: 24 Hour Water Damage in Independence MO , Wind & Storm Damage Restoration in Independence MO , Fire Smoke Soot Restoration in Independence MO

(866) 445-8856

Last Updated:
July 19th, 2012

Water Damage Experts 866-445-8856 provides 24 Hour emergency service in these areas * Sewage Cleanup * Flooded Crawl Spaces * Flooded House & Business * Wet Walls & Sheetrock * Wet Sub Floors, Carpet & Pad * Wet Oriental Rugs & Pads * Wet Hard Wood a...
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Serving Jackson County

Independence, MO 64055

Scharig Home Security Independence MO

Tags: Home Security System in Independence MO , Security Camera Systems Independence MO , Home System Monitoring Independence MO

(816) 565-4154

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2012

If you have an existing security system you can sign up just for monitoring at reduced prices, be sure to ask Scharig Home Security at 816-565-4154 about fire and smoke monitoring and camera monitoring from your computer, ipad or iphone. In the event...
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Serving Jackson County Since 1994

Independence, MO 64147


How to Hire a Contractor in Independence MO You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Independence MO 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 Independence 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 Independence MO

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 Independence MO

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a MO or Independence 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 Independence MO

Accidents happen to even the best Independence 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 Independence 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 Independence MO

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