Recommendations on home contractor, electrician, roofer, and plumber? Thanks.

Asked by Jasmin, Newington, CT Tue Feb 5, 2013

I need kitchen/bathroom remodeling, outlets and a ceiling vent fan installed in the bathroom, maybe upgrade basement at some point, and make sure basement is dry, fix some loose steps on the staircase, upgrade sump pump, smooth out and paint the walls, convert from baseboard heating to central, and a new roof. I will take any referrals. Thanks.

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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Apr 29, 2015
Recommendations are a great way to find an electrician. My parents are wanting to have the electrical work on their home updated. They have already started asking around for recommendations as well.
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed Apr 22, 2015
My sister needs all of this work done as well. She is moving into a new house and needs some work done before she can move in. I know that the next step for her is to get an electrician to install the outlets.
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Mar 13, 2015
I think it's good that you are actually looking for professional help. A lot of people will try to do this kind of thing on their own. A lot of times that will result in bad jobs being done and not having enough experience for it. I think that you should do some research on these professionals in your area, and maybe get some referrals from people who have had work done recently. Then you can meet the people and decide who you want to hire to help you.
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I know exactly what you mean Jackson, she should definitely look for professional help. A lot of people end up hurting themselves by trying to work with their electricity alone. I hope that you're able to find a contractor that will be able to help you out there. The internet is usually the best place to start for reviews.
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Gary Birtles, , Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Feb 3, 2015
For services like these I like to refer to online reviews. There are a ton of reviews out there on local services and they are usually a safe bet. It just takes a few moments to scan a few reviews and it makes all the difference. Good luck in your search.
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lewisremingt…, Home Owner, Rochester, NY
Wed Jan 28, 2015
I would ask around your neighborhood. Word-of-mouth references are a great place to start, and you'll be able to get honest reviews. If you don't get anywhere with that then you can check online or in the yellow pages. Getting a few quotes from different companies can also help you in the decision making process.
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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Thu Jan 8, 2015
It looks like you need some help finding a lot of different people, Make sure that when you are selecting these individuals, that you hire, licensed, trained-professionals. If not, they can ultimately prove to be the demise of your home. Faulty wiring can burn down your home for example, so I recommend finding the best electrician you can.
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I would call around to locals in your area. They have probably hired some of these contractors before and will have great recommendations for you. They can also help answer any questions you may have. Good luck and I hope you find what you need!
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Sat Nov 22, 2014
You can also check for referrals, it's a great resource that people love.

Christopher Pagli
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William Raveis Legends Realty Group

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I came here to suggest that. Online reviews are great for busy homeowners. When I've been new to an area, I haven't had the time to find the best option personally. When that happens, I depend on online reviews and recommendations to find contractors.
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David Carr, Agent, North Haven, CT
Sat Nov 22, 2014
I advise you to make a specification sheet for your proposal, then begin interviewing contractors. Ask for references, BBB status, any record of complaints. Go to the Town Building dept, or show the proposal to a local building supply company, asking them for trusted material customers , You want to define the parameters of your job and expectations in writing so you are consistent in expectations and bid.
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Derrick Sly, Home Buyer, Albuquerque, NM
Fri Nov 14, 2014
Electricians are the most certainly the most specialized. They have to make sure all the wiring works. Not just that, but there are lots of new options for self-sustaining energy in houses. Wiring those in makes things a little more complicated.
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I really am in need of an electrician. I think it would be a good idea to hire one, except I want to make sure I find a good one. I think I'll just go off of reviews and recommendations from this site.
Flag Tue Dec 23, 2014
This sounds like a really big project. It will mean that you are going to need to hire people with different area of expertise. You could talk to family and friends about people they would recommend. That way you could ask questions about the kind of service they got and how they liked it.
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Tue Oct 28, 2014
Which of all these jobs are you expecting an electrician to do? My dad was a general contractor back in the day and he learned how to do all the things that electricians, plumbers and other professionals do just by watching them. Sometimes you can hire just a couple guys and they can take care of a wide variety of tasks.…
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He's right, but you should only hire someone to fix your electricity if he is certified. It can be really dangerous to have just anybody mess around with the wires in your house. My husband thought that he knew how to fix the toaster one time, and after getting quite the shock, he learned otherwise.
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Brian Takiff, Agent, Glastonbury, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Jasmin,
I'm a Real Estate agent and I also rehab properties. My business partner is a licensed contractor out of Rocky Hill. We've done countless remodel jobs. Just finished up a basement in Bloomfield, on to a kitchen and bath remodel in New Britain. Please visit my site for pictures and feel free to contact me for fair pricing for high quality work.
Brian Takiff
SSG Real Estate
FB Properties
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Eric Babbitt, Agent, Glastonbury, CT
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Residential Solutions LLC in S. Windsor, ask for Andrew. Does great work. 860-657-3810.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Ask people you may know for references; check with any local Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, etc.
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References is a good idea. I've always found the best deals when I got the company from someone I know. A lot of contractors do referral discounts as well, which is nice. The main thing is to talk to multiple contractors before accepting a bid. That way you know you're getting a good deal. |
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Hi, You can check, it's a great site for recommended service providers. The recommendations are from real people and no service provider can pay to be on the site, etc.

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