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Water Mold Fire Restoration of Philadelphia

Tags: Water Damage Restoration in Philadelphia

(215) 645-2960

Last Updated:
October 3rd, 2018

Water Mold Fire Restoration of Philadelphia is a local restoration company dedicated to remediating all types of property damage including mold removal, water damage, fire damage restoration, and more. Visit online or call today for more information....
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228 Race St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

1Less chore

Tags: home pickup and delivery

(610) 801-2821

Last Updated:
September 29th, 2018

We are pleased to provide WASH, DRY AND FOLD Laundry services picked up and delivered right to your door. Our Expert launderers are on standby waiting to clean your clothes for you! we will provide everything needed except your dirty garments. Just l...
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1LC Acquisitions 1022 E Lancaster Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19010

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Philadelphia Lawn Care

(215) 703-2430

Last Updated:
September 28th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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1835 Arch St Suite 507

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Wyndmoor Locksmith Pros

Tags: commercial locksmith

(215) 795-3158

Last Updated:
July 22nd, 2018

Whenever you have found yourself locked out ~ of your car, your home, or your commercial property ~ dont allow yourself to go into a panic, because the expert mobile Wyndmoor locksmiths here on staff at Wyndmoor Locksmith Pros are always ready to co...
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2385 W Cheltenham Ave, #109

Philadelphia, PA 19150

AAA Distributor

Tags: Kitchen Cabinets

(215) 745-7900

Last Updated:
June 27th, 2018

We are distributors of kitchen, bathroom and flooring remodeling products. Our showroom is open to the public. Our company is among largest distributors of kitchen, bathroom, and flooring products in the United States. Our goal is to provide our cust...
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2501 Grant Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19114

Linc Electric, Inc

Tags: Electrician Philadelphia

(215) 342-4353

Last Updated:
June 19th, 2018

We understand how inconvenient an interruption in your electrical service can be, which is why we aim to get you back up and running as efficiently as possible. Our skilled, licensed electricians have the expertise to always get the job done right th...
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6915 Castor Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19149

Dave's Locksmith Services

Tags: locksmith philadelphia

(215) 914-5144

Last Updated:
June 6th, 2018

DAVE'S LOCKSMITH SERVICES PA Welcome to Philadelphia Locksmith web site! Your lock and key locksmithing experts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you are looking for professional security solutions a knowledgeable staff of locksmiths and a price tha...
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8352 State Rd

Philadelphia, PA 19136

Tristate Marble Polishing Services Philadelphia

Tags: Granite Repair Philadelphia

(215) 840-1440

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2018

Since its inception over a decade now, Tri State Marble Polishing Company is the chief source of top quality floor care in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Buck County and Delaware County. We are committed to give you only the best services for clean...
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710 Gregory Drive Horsham

Philadelphia, PA 19044

Mobile Locksmith Philadelphia LLC.

Tags: car keys locksmith locks lockouts

(267) 221-7454

Last Updated:
May 28th, 2018

Locksmith Philadelphia, is a Mobile Locksmith meaning that we operate a total lock smith store on wheels. What that means to you is that wherever you are located, whenever you need our service wed come to your location with all the equipment and par...
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2244 gerritt st

philadelphia, PA 19146

Locksmith PHILLY

Tags: locksmith

(215) 403-1141

Last Updated:
May 28th, 2018

Locksmith Philly provides commercial residential & automotive locksmith services in entire Philadelphia area Services offered: Car Key Replacement Broken Key repair Key Programming Lockout service Stuck ignition repair/Replacement Locksmith ne...
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212 Fairmount Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19123



How to Hire a Contractor in Philadelphia PA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia PA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia PA

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