Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Long Island City, NY

Rite Plumbing & Heating

Tags: nyc plumber

(347) 502-6441

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

For over 20 years of experience in plumbing, we have not stopped at perfectionism. Rite Plumbing and Heating is New York City’s leading company when it comes to dependable plumbing and heating contractors. We pride ourselves in being steps ahead of o...
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27-01 Queens Plaza N, 13th Floor

Long Island City, NY 11101

Appliance Repair Long Island City NY

Tags: appliance repair

(347) 434-7530

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We ensure all clients that our appliance repairs are always speedy, accurate and competent. Rest assured that we will arrive as scheduled because our technicians are very punctual. They are also armed with the essential materials and skills to give e...
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39-15 21st St #55

Long Island City, NY 11101

Home Art Tile Kitchen & Bath

Tags: Kitchen Cabinets , Ceramic Tiles , Porcelain Tiles

(718) 433-0060

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Factory imported Kitchen and Bath products at unbeatable prices
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35-10 43rd Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

Locksmith Long Island

Tags: Locksmith Service

(631) 604-8003

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Would like to be ready? Find several corporations and save their own phone numbers. It's feasible to come across a dependable locksmith ahead of time therefore what is the actual motive to delay until an unexpected emergency of some sort will happen....
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2928 41st Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

Greening Stone

Tags: Green Roofs NYC

(718) 784-4381

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Greening Stone is one of the leading green roofs, landscape design, rooftop garden company in NYC. Greening Stone offers brownstone landscape design & installation in NYC, rooftop garden design & installation in NYC, modern landscape design, rooftop ...
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37-24 33rd Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

Find Me Contractors

Tags: small biz ads

(877) 246-1320

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

"Actively licensed over 20 Years Get licensed contractors only! WE ARE LICENSED & INSURED! We perform ALL jobs including addition, plumbing, painting, stucco, drywall, kitchen and bathroom remodeling and much more..." "WE DO ALL >> * RO...
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47-47 36th Street, Suite 44095

Long Island City, NY 11101

Toscano Floor Designs LLC

Tags: New York hardwood flooring

(855) 872-8672

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Toscano Floor Designs offers shop at home flooring services. All you need to do is to select the type of flooring and we will come to your home and install it. We offer high quality products and guaranteed low prices.
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37-24 24th St., Suite #300

Long Island City, NY 11101

City Gardens of NY

Tags: Landscape Gardening

(718) 937-6777

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

City Gardens of New York is a full service landscape design & construction firm specializing in urban gardens of all shapes and sizes. Our aim is to transform any outdoor space into a lush and inviting garden. Laura Catana City Gardens of NY 51-...
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51-02 21st Street, 4th Floor

Long Island City, NY 11101

How to Hire a Contractor in Long Island City NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Long Island City 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 Long Island City 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 Long Island City 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 Long Island City NY

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a NY or Long Island City 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 Long Island City NY

Accidents happen to even the best Long Island City 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 Long Island City 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 Long Island City NY

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