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Local business listings for Shreveport, LA

JOHN STARK ROOFING

Tags: shreveport roofing

(318) 716-7015

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2018

We are a full-service roofing company that specializes in roofing installation and repair. For over six years, we have been working in the Shreveport area, where we have established a reputation for our outstanding customer service, top-rated quality...
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2905 LA-511

Shreveport, LA 71108

JOHN STARK ROOFING

Tags: roofing shreveport

(318) 716-7015

Last Updated:
June 13th, 2018

We are a full-service roofing company that specializes in roofing installation and repair. For over six years, we have been working in the Shreveport area, where we have established a reputation for our outstanding customer service, top-rated quality...
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2905 LA-511

Shreveport, LA 71108

Aqua Blue Pools & Spas

Tags: Swimming pool repair

(318) 687-4545

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

Aqua Blue Pools and Spas is your one stop shop for all your pool and spa needs. Owner Mike Steele a.k.a. "The Pool Doctor" has been cleaning and repairing pools in the Ark-La-Tex since 1988. His vast knowledge of in ground and above ground pools is ...
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10092 Riding Club Ln

Shreveport, LA 71118

Sound Walls

Tags: sound barrier solutions

(318) 861-6640

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2018

Sound Walls provides many businesses an application that provides a solution for reducing unwanted noise for nearby residential locations. Sound walls are becoming more common today due to the density of population growth and development sites. Our s...
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1305 Airport Dr,

Shreveport, LA 71107

Smart Roofing

Tags: roofing

(318) 635-9795

Last Updated:
December 14th, 2017

Full-service roofing specialists serving all of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.
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4650 Greenwood Rd

Shreveport, LA 71109

SBC Mechanical, LLC

Tags: air conditioning in Shreveport

(318) 465-0853

Last Updated:
July 1st, 2017

SBCAir.com is your one stop shop for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We install, maintain and repair all makes & models - No Job is too Big or too Small. Our customer base is represented from large commercial entities to your average ...
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505 W. 67th Street

Shreveport, LA 71106

Shreveport Roofing Pros

Tags: Roofing Shreveport LA

(318) 219-5752

Last Updated:
June 22nd, 2017

Shreveport Roofing Pros specialize in getting insurance claims filed so THEY can buy you a new roof. With over 200 years combines roofing experience we are experts in Residential roofing, commercial roofs, multi-famliy and everything in between whet...
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4830 Line Ave 138A

Shreveport, LA 71106

Shreveport Lawn and Landscape

Tags: lawn care Shreveport

(318) 524-8729

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2017

Shreveport Lawn and Landscape has the best lawn care services in the Shreveport and Bossier City area.
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2535 Bert Kouns Ind. Lp., Ste. 203-185

Shreveport, LA 71118

Southern Air Heating and Cooling

Tags: ac repair , furnace repair , hvac

(318) 798-1801

Last Updated:
November 10th, 2016

Southern Air was formed in 1994 with one purpose: to provide high-quality HVAC products and services to residents of Shreveport, Alexandria, Monroe and other communities in central Louisiana. Ira Preuett, started Southern Air with just a single tr...
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1333 Southern Ave

Shreveport, LA 71101

Goghzart Air Condition Services

Tags: Air Condition Repair

(318) 210-9481

Last Updated:
November 2nd, 2016

At Goghzart Air Condition Services, our highly-trained technicians have provided heating and air conditioning services in the Shreveport-Bossier City Area. As experts of our trade, we are prepared to provide a quick solution for any residential or c...
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2400 Texas Ave #3713

Shreveport, LA 71102



How to Hire a Contractor in Shreveport LA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Shreveport LA 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 Shreveport 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 Shreveport LA

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 Shreveport LA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a LA or Shreveport 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 Shreveport LA

Accidents happen to even the best Shreveport 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 Shreveport 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 Shreveport LA

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