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Local business listings for Orlando, FL

M3 Artificial Grass & Turf Installation Orlando

Tags: Artificial Grass Orlando

(407) 917-8566

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

"A little more about us… We specialize in the installation of turf synthetic lawns throughout Orlando and always strive to give our customers the best services possible. When using us, there should be no worries about our experience and professional...
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3424 Quail Nest Court

Orlando, FL 32829

Cheap Dumpster Rental Orlando

Tags: dumpster rental

(321) 339-0511

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2018

Florida Dumpster Rental Man makes renting a dumpster in Orlando easy and affordable.
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1936 McCoy Rd

Orlando, FL 32809

Polar Express Air Conditioning and Heating

Tags: HVAC Contractor

(321) 263-1351

Last Updated:
May 13th, 2018

At Polar Express Air Conditioning & Heating, we offer quality workmanship and phenomenal customer service that we are proud to have on our reputation. As a family-owned and operated company for over two generations in the Orange County, FL area, our ...
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220 Lavender Ct.

Orlando, FL 32807

Orlando Above Ground Pools

Tags: Swimming Pools

(321) 282-1484

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

Hello and welcome to our Above Ground Pool installation website. We specialize in professional pool installations, liner installs and above ground pool repairs. Our office is in South Orlando near OIA, making it easy for us to serve the entire Centra...
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10524 Moss Park Rd Ste 204

Orlando, FL 32832

Pine Hills Garage Door

Tags: Pine Hills Garage Door

(407) 792-0207

Last Updated:
April 19th, 2018

Welcome to Pine Hills Garage Door Services! Here in Pine Hills, Florida it is all about sunshine and beautiful tropical weather. Convenient access to places such as Disney World helps make the area better. And when it comes to local companies that se...
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5613 Elon Dr, Orlando, FL 32808

Orlando, FL 32808

Mid State Fire Equipment

Tags: Fire Equipment

(407) 246-8855

Last Updated:
March 28th, 2018

Offering fire equipment, fire safety equipment maintenance in Orlando, FL since 1987, at Mid State Fire Equipment we are not the mental midgets that do not know to become the giants!
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2121 S Division Ave

Orlando, FL 32805

Orlando Locksmith Co.

Tags: locksmith

(321) 252-4430

Last Updated:
March 27th, 2018

Which locksmith service will you use in Orlando? Why not call on the reputable and reliable services of Orlando Locksmith Co. We offer residential, automotive and commercial locksmith services. With the help of our locksmith technicians, we ‘ll be ab...
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3420 S Orange Ave, Suite 104

Orlando, FL 32806

Dumpster Rental Orlando

Tags: dumpster rental

(407) 499-8588

Last Updated:
March 23rd, 2018

The Florida Dumpster Rental Man makes renting a dumpster in Orlando easy and affordable.
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6250 Jason St,

Orlando, FL 32809

WeatherTight Systems, Inc.

Tags: Roofing-Contractor

(877) 893-9200

Last Updated:
March 5th, 2018

WeatherTight Systems is a National Roofing Company with headquarters in New Jersey and Florida.We are a roofing contractor specializing in the spray foam polyurethane roof system. WeatherTight offers both competitive prices and 4 decades of experienc...
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3208 E. Colonial Dr. #230

Orlando, FL 32803

Meadow Woods Locksmith

Tags: change lock

(407) 602-7634

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2018

No other locksmith service provider in Meadow Woods will offer you the same quality of service that we will at Meadow Woods Locksmith. When it comes to your automotive, commercial and residential locksmith needs, we’ve got you covered. All of our loc...
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12051 International Dr

Orlando, FL 32821



How to Hire a Contractor in Orlando FL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Orlando 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 Orlando 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 Orlando 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 Orlando FL

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

Accidents happen to even the best Orlando 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 Orlando 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 Orlando FL

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