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 All Bedford Village Listings10506, hamlets, bedford hills, bedford village, katonah, history of bedford, about bedford village, bedford village memorial park, biking, hiking, fishing, ward pound ridge reservation,  largest park, fun day, out with the kids, historic sites

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Cowley Engineering


Franzoso Contracting


Halpin Excavating

 All Briarcliff Manor Listings10510, history, about briarcliff, village of briarcliff manor, activities, attractions, things to do, hudson river, golf at westchester golf courses, best golf courses in the country, antique shops, antique dealers, outdoor activities, fishing, picnic

 Briarcliff Manor General Contractor

Home Service Solutions Inc.

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M-Squared Remodeling

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Eagle Home Improvements

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 Harrison General Contractor

Santino Construction Corporation


Westchester Building & Design

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 Hastings-on-Hudson General Contractor

Paquette Ronald & Sons

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 Katonah General Contractor

10598, Boniello Land & Realty, Sommers, NY, Northern Westchester County | Westchester Boniello Land & Realty Ltd.

Boniello Land & Realty
Sommers, NY 10598
northern Westchester County Boniello Land & Realty Ltd. | Westchester  more . . .

Carmine D'Uva General Contracting


Fiacco Construction


It's Your Home


Mangione Construction


Mylard General Contracting


William A Kelly & Co

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 Mamaroneck General Contractor

Touch of Class Home Improvements Inc.

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 Mount Kisco General Contractor

10549 | Westchester Dakin Construction

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 Mount Vernon General Contractor

Avanti Building & Construction Corporation


Belezaire Construction Inc


Carstel Construction


Original Builders Construction Group


Reno Construction


Wain Contracting


West Indian Woodwork

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C & C Woodwork Craftsmen


M A S General Contrctrs Woodwork


Pro Companies

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 Pelham General Contractor

Component Assembly

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Home Services Shop

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 Port Chester General Contractor

Grid Limited


Installrite Woodworkers

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Capital Building & Development

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Laurentino Rodrigues Enterprises

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S and G Maintenance and Contracting

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Dce Contracting

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Frank's Painting & Home Improvement


Iveragh Construction

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B & V Contracting Enterprises Inc


Burder Conyracting


Cashin Hardwood Flooring


Cross County Woodworking


Desmond James Inc.


Drumman Construction


Elvin Contracting


Falcone Building and Remodeling


H & D Painting & Restoration Contractor


Leithlong Construction Corporation



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Are you looking for a contractor in Westchester County? Are you thinking about remodeling or renovating your home? Select a contractor from our List of Contractors in Westchester NY. If you're going to hire a contractor for your home, find someone that your are comfortable with and that can give you excellent references; and be sure you're working with licensed contractors.

10 Tips for Working with a Contractor
This is the year you're going all out. You're going to build a deck, add a porch, erect a gazebo or lay a patio. You've done the research. It's well within your capability and you're looking forward to the satisfaction of creating a structure of beauty.

Or not. Yes - you'd like to proceed with an outdoor structure but for you, it isn't a do-it-yourself project. How can you find the right person to do it for you? Here are 10 tips for hiring and working with a contractor.

    1. Plan your project carefully. Clip pictures, make sketches, write a description. This will help you accurately convey to the contractor what you want the finished product to be.

    2. Make a list of contractors. Ask your neighbors or friends for the names of reputable tradesmen. Contact material suppliers - lumberyards, for example - and ask for recommendations.

    3. Get at least three written bids for the project, but don't give in to the temptation to automatically accept the lowest bid. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship and reliability. If you get a very low bid, the contractor may have made a mistake or forgotten to bid on everything you wanted. If they have deliberately low-bid, they may use cheaper materials or take shortcuts to make a profit.

    4. Many states and provinces require registration and/or licensing. For the USA, www.nationalcontractors.com provides a starting point for your state and type of construction. Click on Verify Contractors License. If licenses are required in your jurisdiction, be certain to ask to see your contractor's licenses and be sure that it's not expired.

    5. Ask for references and then check them out. Look at the projects and ask the previous clients if they are satisfied with the quality of work done, if it was started and completed on schedule and if it met expectations.

    6. Get a signed, written contract and be sure you understand it. The Construction Contractors Board of Oregon claims that the single biggest cause of homeowner-contractor disputes is the written contract: not having one, having a poor one, or having one everyone ignores. A good contract should include:

      The company name, address (not a post office box) & phone number, the name of the builder, contractor and license number, if applicable

      A detailed project description

      A materials list

      A statement that all necessary permits and inspections are the responsibility of the contractor

      Starting and completion dates

      Warranties of workmanship, the length of the warranty, and specifically what's covered and what's not

      Contractor's guarantee that he carries liability insurance and worker's compensation coverage

      A statement that clean-up will be done by the contractor

      The total price and payment schedule

      Be wary of hourly, time and materials or cost-plus pricing where the final price is not determined until completion of the project. Although it may seem higher, a fixed price may give you the best protection and price.

      Be cautious about upfront payments for more than 15% of the contract price. The schedule and criteria for each installment should be clearly defined in the contract. Any installments should be not be required on a certain date, but correlated to work completion. Do not pay cash. A reputable builder will ask for a check.

    7. Make any changes to the project in writing with a "work order change" to avoid misunderstandings and surprises.

    8. Keep pets and children away from the construction site. This will ensure not only their safety, but also that of the workers. In addition, it helps keep the project on schedule.

    9. Inspect the work regularly.

    10. Pay directly and promptly according to the contract.

    Above all, you should feel comfortable communicating with your contractor. If you sense he is being evasive when you are getting a quote, it won't get any better during the construction period. Find someone you understand and who understands you, and who is open and forthright.

    Working with a contractor takes a little preparation, but following these steps is well worth it. Are you looking forward to your new outdoor space?

    Written by: Debbie Rodgers, mail to: debbie@paradiseporch.com

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