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Local business listings for Ithaca, NY

Window Cleaning Solutions

Tags: window cleaning service

(607) 564-8778

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2017

Dynamic Cleaning Solutions 31 Comfort Rd, Ithaca NY, 14850 Phone: 607-351-8906 Email:
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101 East State Street #123

Ithaca, NY 14850

Dynamic Cleaning Solutions

Tags: Carpet cleaning service

(607) 351-8906

Last Updated:
March 6th, 2017

We offer the best Upholstery Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Tile & Grout Cleaning, power washing, panel solar cleaning, screen repair and installation and more! You deserve the best deals, best service and friendly customer service available. We take car...
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31 Comfort Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

A Great Choice Lawn Care & Landscaping

Tags: Landcaping , Landscaper , Lawn Care

(607) 257-1108

Last Updated:
August 4th, 2016

Ithaca's Choice for Quality Landscaping & Hardscape
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478 Lower Creek Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850

J&J Heating & Cooling

Tags: HVAC Contractor

(607) 545-4157

Last Updated:
February 17th, 2013

J & J Heating and cooling, a part of Appolo Heating was created in 1968 and has been family-run to this day. We pride ourselves on a simple philosophy: our interaction with our customers is like a relationship. With each one it takes a commitment an...
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726 Willow Ave

Ithaca, NY 14850

How to Hire a Contractor in Ithaca NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Ithaca NY 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca NY

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 Ithaca NY

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NY or Ithaca 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 Ithaca NY

Accidents happen to even the best Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca NY

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