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Brown Garage Door

Tags: Locksmith

(317) 643-3416

Last Updated:
September 11th, 2018

Security is an essential part of our everyday life. A report conducted by the FBI in 2016 shows there were approximately 8 million property crimes nationwide, including burglaries and automotive theft. Choosing a locksmith is about finding someone yo...
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603 W Perry St

Indianapolis, IN 46241

Spray Foam Insulation Indianapolis

Tags: home service

(317) 316-9780

Last Updated:
August 27th, 2018

At Spray Foam Insulation Indianapolis, we work for both commercial and residential clients. We are the true champions in closed and open-cell spray foam insulation. Our products can be used in various applications including walls, floors, attics, sou...
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105 N Sherman Dr

Indianapolis, IN 46201

Comfortable Heating & Cooling

Tags: Heating

(317) 987-1117

Last Updated:
July 20th, 2018

Comfortable Heating & Cooling provides both commercial and residential cooling and heating services. We're located in Indianapolis but we serve all surrounding areas. We cover places as far away as Bloomington. If you're in need of emergency cooling ...
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6411 Bluebell Ct

Indianapolis, IN 46224

Locksmith Pro Broad Ripple

Tags: commercial locksmith

(317) 288-3905

Last Updated:
June 23rd, 2018

"Don't think of calling on any other locksmith service in Broad Ripple other than Locksmith Pro Broad Ripple. To get the service you desire there is no other company better suited to handle your automotive, residential or commercial locksmith service...
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6701 North College Avenue, #165

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Dorin and Sons Auto Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(317) 661-4878

Last Updated:
June 17th, 2018

Dorin and Sons Locksmith - Auto / Car Locksmith Indianapolis
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Serving Area

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Reliable Painting Experts

Tags: Painters in Indianapolis

(317) 790-2225

Last Updated:
June 5th, 2018

We are painters that service Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Geist, McCordsville, Westfield, Avon, Greenwood, and any other suburbs around Indianapolis. We do interior painting, exterior painting, residential painting, and commercial paint...
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8710 Bash Street #50003

Indianapolis, IN 46250

Advanced Industrial Components Inc.

Tags: Heating equipment supplier

(888) 738-1350

Last Updated:
May 22nd, 2018

Advanced Industrial Components Inc. offers a complete solution to your heat transfer problems across the global market. We have years of experience in this field. We provide different kinds of heating equipment like heat exchanger, economizer, vertic...
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3815 River Crossing Pkwy #100

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Master Pro Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(317) 593-0056

Last Updated:
March 16th, 2018

If you need a team of professionals that know all about how to provide the best help that you need for your property, we want you to know one thing: with a quick call to Master Pro Locksmith, we can offer the best help that you  need at an amazing ra...
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412 N Alabama St

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis Locksmith Services

Tags: locksmith

(317) 594-1200

Last Updated:
March 15th, 2018

Indianapolis Locksmith Services are the ones to call for professional, affordable locksmith services! If you're seeking locksmith solutions for your home, business or auto, or have an emergency lock situation, call Indianapolis Locksmith Services. Ou...
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3919 Lafayette Rd

Indianapolis, IN 46254

Advanced Industrial Components Inc.

Tags: Heating equipment supplier

(888) 738-1350

Last Updated:
February 20th, 2018

AIC is a group of companies that offers complete heat transfer solutions to the global market. Our expertise in this field stems from years of knowledge and working experience with diverse applications and industries around the world. AIC distinct...
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3815 River Crossing Pkwy #100

Indianapolis, IN 46240



How to Hire a Contractor in Indianapolis IN You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Indianapolis IN 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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis IN

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 Indianapolis IN

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a IN or Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis IN

Accidents happen to even the best Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis IN

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