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Local business listings for New York, NY

E & Y Air Conditioning

Tags: air conditioner repair nyc

(212) 288-3221

Last Updated:
July 12th, 2017

Through wall and PTAC air conditioners repair and Installation in NYC For over 27 years, E & Y Air Conditioning is the only call many New York City area homeowners have made for their AC, heating and indoor air quality needs. From annual air condi...
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420 E 62nd St

New York, NY 10065

Divine Hands Cleaning

Tags: Cleaning

(646) 377-2345

Last Updated:
July 3rd, 2017

Divine Hands Cleaning is a commercial and residential cleaning Company, we specialize in deep cleaning and offering a vast variety of services.
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64 Baruch Drive, apt 10C

New York, NY 10002

New York's Little Elves Inc

Tags: Home Improvement

(212) 673-5507

Last Updated:
June 22nd, 2017

For more than two decades, New York’s Little Elves has applied the platinum standard to everything we touch, in turn earning the trust of the metropolitan area’s most exclusive and demanding clients. Due to this level of professionalism and attenti...
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151 1st Avenue #204

New York, NY 10003

212 hvac

Tags: Ac repair Brooklyn

(917) 633-5959

Last Updated:
June 20th, 2017

212 Hvac’re fully licensed and insured to provide expert HVAC repairs to residential and commercial structures. We have a team of highly experienced technicians who are trained and equipped to service all brands of equipment.
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276 Grand Street, Suite 2F, Brooklyn, NY

New York, NY 11211

Manhattan Roofing NYC

Tags: Roofing Services

(347) 594-5584

Last Updated:
June 7th, 2017

Manhattan Roofing NYC is the premier service provider of business as well as residential roofing services in the greater New York City area. Offering everything from Brownstones to Townhouses to some of the highest Skyscrapers in the City, we are pro...
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333 E 46 St.

New York, NY 10017

Square Rugs

Tags: moroccan rug

(212) 752-0222

Last Updated:
June 3rd, 2017

Square Rugs is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers antique rugs and carpets carpets in the world. We have been a leader in this category for the last five decades and continue to be the center of attraction in the design community and the ...
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979 3rd Avenue, #625

New York, NY 10022

Sigma Air Conditioning

Tags: ac repair nyc , ac repair nyc, , nyc air conditioner repair,

(646) 727-9322

Last Updated:
May 21st, 2017

Sigma Air conditioning is an air conditioning, heating, installation, repair, and maintenance company serving the greater New York City area. There are several things you need to keep in mind before you hire any air conditioning service. You need to ...
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224 12th Ave

New York, NY 10001

Upper West Side Appliance Repair

Tags: Refrigerator Repair NYC

(212) 920-7386

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2017

If you are having any type of trouble with the appliances in your home, we are here to help. Our team of repair technicians has years of experience working on appliances from virtually all manufacturers. Whether you own a business and need to get the...
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44 W 62nd St

New York, NY 10023

CertaPro Painters of Upper West Side, NY

Tags: painting contractor

(212) 233-0022

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2017

CertaPro Painters of the Upper West Side provides superior residential interior painting services and speciality services like cabinet repainting, faux painting, wallpaper removal, and more. We provide painting services to parts of Manhattan, includi...
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2440 Broadway Suite #198

New York, NY 10024

Blue Rugs

Tags: moroccan rug

(212) 752-7623

Last Updated:
May 15th, 2017

Blue Rugs is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers antique rugs and carpets carpets in the world. We have been a leader in this category for the last five decades and continue to be the center of attraction in the design community and the pr...
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306 E 61st St

New York, NY 10065



How to Hire a Contractor in New York NY You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in New York 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 New York 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 New York 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 New York NY

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

Accidents happen to even the best New York 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 New York 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 New York NY

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