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Local business listings for Lakeland, FL

Lakeland Cool Air

Tags: ac repair lakeland

(863) 777-5931

Last Updated:
January 7th, 2018

Residential and commercial HVAC contractor specializing in high quality repair and sales of all types of HVAC systems.
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929 Gilmore Ave #186

Lakeland, FL 33801

Ads Tree Service

Tags: Tree service

(863) 393-5977

Last Updated:
December 20th, 2017

Here at ADS Tree Service, we are your go-to commercial and residential tree service experts. With over a decade of experience, you can rest assured that we’ve acquired all of the knowledge and skill necessary to get the job done on the first try. Our...
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3911 Lehman Ct

Lakeland, FL 33813

Affordable Air Conditioning and Heating Inc

Tags: Air Conditioning Services

(863) 860-7633

Last Updated:
March 24th, 2017

Affordable Air Conditioning and Heating Inc provides quality air conditioning and heating services, including air purification, heat pump and duct cleaning in Lakeland and Winter Haven, FL area. Call 863 860 7633 for appointement.
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4798 South Florida Avenue, Suite 230

Lakeland, FL 33813

Advanced Aluminum of Polk County

Tags: Metal Roof Supplier

(863) 648-5787

Last Updated:
March 1st, 2017

Advanced Aluminum is a family / employee owned and run company founded in 1989 by James Smith. Today the company is a major supplier of metal roofing and siding panels for residential, industrial and agricultural building projects. Roofing materi...
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2941 Parkway Street

Lakeland, FL 33811

Roofing Contractor Lakeland

Tags: Roof Repair

(863) 588-2810

Last Updated:
October 19th, 2016

Roofing Contractor Lakeland is a full service Roofing Company located in sunny, Lakeland Fl. We provide high quality Residential and Commercial Roofing, employing only experienced and professional roofers! Our techs are able to handle any size job, f...
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2161 E County Rd 540A-196

Lakeland, FL 33813

All Pro Plumbing

Tags: Drain Cleaning

(863) 648-5112

Last Updated:
September 20th, 2016

All Pro Plumbing is a licensed plumbing company located in Lakeland, Florida. We specialize in plumbing and septic services. You can rely on us for the maintenance, repairs/replacement and installation of septic tanks and drain-fields, sewer and wate...
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1325 George Jenkins Blvd.

Lakeland, FL 33815

Lakeland Roofing Company

Tags: Roof Repair

(863) 614-1535

Last Updated:
September 4th, 2016

Lakeland Roofing Company is pleased to serve Lakeland Florida as well as all areas of Polk County. We are known as your go to roofing contractor when you need a job well done. We have listened to our customers and by request have expanded our service...
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248 N Kentucky Ave #70

Lakeland, FL 33801

Ryals Brothers Inc.

Tags: Air Conditioning & Heating Products

(863) 665-8231

Last Updated:
August 25th, 2016

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2508 N Crystal Lake Drive

Lakeland, FL 33801

10 Minute Locksmith Lakeland

Tags: Locksmith Lakeland

(863) 884-7879

Last Updated:
July 26th, 2016

Security is the top consideration for every household, office, Corporate establishment or any industrial manufacturing uni, If you are looking for comprehensive locking solutions, Installation or replacement of locking systems, We can help you with e...
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Lakeland, FL 33801

Restoration Pros Lakeland

Tags: Water Damage Restoration

(863) 777-4770

Last Updated:
April 12th, 2016

Flood Cleanup - Emergency Water Damage Services - Certified Techs - Commercial & Residential - Fast Reliable Water Damage Restoration and Mold Experts. Restoration Pros Lakeland Florida.
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4175 S Pipkin Rd Suite 215

Lakeland, FL 33811



How to Hire a Contractor in Lakeland FL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Lakeland FL 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland FL

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 Lakeland FL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a FL or Lakeland 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 Lakeland FL

Accidents happen to even the best Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland FL

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