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Local business listings for Lancaster, PA

Chameleon Cabinet Coatings

Tags: Cabinet Coatings

(717) 431-6440

Last Updated:
May 18th, 2017

If you're looking to brighten up your existing kitchen and bathrooms, you've come to the right place! A beautiful bright new kitchen begins with the one you already have! Why choose Chameleon Cabinet Coatings? Our special process of applying multiple...
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1653 Lititz Pike #1045

Lancaster, PA 17601

Tri-Valley Spray Foam Insulation LLC

Tags: spray foam insulation

(717) 454-2434

Last Updated:
October 16th, 2016

Tri-Valley Spray Foam Insulation is your elite spray foam contractor in Lancaster PA. Whether you are looking for attic spray foam, basement spray foam, new home build spray foam or retrofit spray foam insulation, we've got you covered. We proudly pr...
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Tri-Valley Spray Foam Insulation LLC 590 Centerville Rd #321

Lancaster, PA 17601

Eagle Dumpster Rental

Tags: Waste management

(717) 207-8611

Last Updated:
September 25th, 2016

At Eagle Dumpster Rental professionals in waste management are ready to help with any and all trash hauling, garbage collection and trash container needs. Eagle Dumpster Rental services the entire greater Philadelphia area with prompt and courteous s...
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416 N Duke St Lancaster, PA 17602

Lancaster, PA 17602

Surface Technology Inc.

Tags: industrial floor coating

(800) 776-5328

Last Updated:
August 25th, 2016

Surface Technology installs high-performance industrial flooring, coating and lining systems designed to provide superior chemical, impact and abrasion resistance. We know that no two projects are alike. Surface Technology, Inc. will provide a custom...
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PO Box 7031

Lancaster, PA 17604

Professional Roofing Experts

Tags: Roofing

(717) 925-3088

Last Updated:
June 1st, 2016

Professional Roofing Experts is all about getting the job done right the first time with affordable pricing.
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1653 Lititz Pike #1031

Lancaster, PA 17601

Lancaster Commercial Cleaning Service

Tags: commercial cleaning

(717) 983-4307

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2016

Businesses and Companies are turning to Lancaster Commercial Cleaning Service for all their cleaning maintenance and janitorial needs. For the Best in Cleaning Quality and Detail, Lancaster Commercial Cleaning Service provides the Ultimate Janitor...
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1390 Columbia Ave #243A

Lancaster, PA 17603

Lancaster Residential Cleaning Company

Tags: maid service

(717) 208-8807

Last Updated:
January 28th, 2016

Floors, windows, kitchens, and bathrooms; we have all your corners covered. Lancaster Residential Cleaning Service provides Professional Home Cleaning for residences that live in and around Lancaster, PA. We pride ourselves on the decision to NOT cut...
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1390 Columbia Ave #243B

Lancaster, PA 17603

CertaPro Painters of Lancaster

Tags: lancaster painters

(717) 945-2507

Last Updated:
April 17th, 2015

CertaPro Painters of Lancaster, PA is the painting company of Certainty. Interior painting orexterior painting, we are certain to exceed your expectations. We are certain to focus on every detail. We are certain to create an experience of positive an...
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1655 Manheim Pike

Lancaster, PA 17601

Carpet & Tile Mart

Tags: Carpet Store Lancaster

(717) 299-2381

Last Updated:
October 5th, 2013

As your complete flooring resource we can help you determine which flooring is right for you and your home. Our sales staff will help you pick out exactly the right product to fit your needs. See our showroom today!
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1271 Manheim Pike

Lancaster, PA 17601

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Tags: Heat Pipes , cold plates , automative thermal solutions

(717) 295-6061

Last Updated:
August 14th, 2013

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is a premier thermal management solutions company, serving customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, HVAC and Energy Recovery.
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1046 New Holland Avenue

Lancaster, PA 17601



How to Hire a Contractor in Lancaster PA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Lancaster PA 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster PA

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 Lancaster PA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a PA or Lancaster 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 Lancaster PA

Accidents happen to even the best Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster PA

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