Choosing a Basement Finishing Contractor

Choosing a Basement Finishing Contractor

Today, I am going to be discussing what you need to look for when trying to choose a basement finishing contractor. Before I begin, I want to make it very clear that I fully endorse BCM London Inc. and would recommend anyone in or ever remotely near the Alpharetta, GA area to choose them for your Alpharetta Basement Finishing projects.

With that out of the way, lets talk about choosing a Basement Finishing company with confidence.

he top several issues in choosing an Alpharetta basement finishing contractor are:

  • Do they have extensive experience in this line of work. Basement finishing should not be one item in a long list of things they “specialize” in.
  • Are they a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor?
  • Do they have a list of recent references you can call and/ or visit? See the types of questions to ask in choosing a ready mix supplier
  • Will they listen to your vision of the finished basement and discuss the viability or your idea?
  • Will they specify in their proposal the exact brand and quality of cabinets, tile, carpet, doors, etc.-so you know what you are buying.

Choosing the right Alpharetta Basement Finishing contractor for the job is an important first step. No matter what you are planning to do, take your time and do your research.

If you end up with the wrong contractor or some fly by night contractor, you could end up disappointed in the work, feeling swindled, and needing someone else to finish the job.

  1. Get a referral from someone you know.
  2. Hire a contractor who specializes in the type of work you need done. You need a specialist, not just a handyman. Generally a “jack-of-all-trades” is a master of none!
  3. Before you even start calling the contractors, check with the Better Business Bureau to find out if complaints have ever been filed or are outstanding against the contractor. See if there are any unresolved complaints. Be aware that a new contractor or one that changed his legal name to dodge complaints may not have any record of complaints with the BBB, so it is important to follow all of these steps.
  4. When checking with the Better Business Bureau, another important factor to keep in mind is whether or not the business is local in your market. If a business has a local office, but is regionally or nationally owned, there is the possibility that the local office has a good, clean record with the BBB, but the regional or national office does not. In addition, a local office will be able to respond quickly to a problem or issue. Check the company out via the internet for complaints nationally by using review websites. Simply by searching the name of the company and complaints or reviews brings a wealth of information.
  5. Check financial stability. If your contractor has trouble paying bills, your job could be put on hold or completely stopped with no supplies or paid staff. Also, find out how long the contractor has been in business? Don’t choose someone brand new in town.
  6. Ask your contractor for copies of Worker’s Compensation status and Liability Insurance certificate. A reputable contractor will have no problem providing copies of these documents. Insurance policies help protect you and your property from potential legal problems should an accident occur. Don’t be afraid to ask.
  7. Get at least three references for your contractor for locally completed jobs the contractor has done that are similar to yours and call them. The contractor will likely give you references who had positive experiences, so be sure to ask them specific questions. See how satisfied the customers were with the job. Did the contractor clean up the work area and stay to the schedule? Was the final bill what you were told? Use references to check the contractor’s current and past work history.
  8. Request a written estimate. Any contractor who does not provide you with a written estimate should be crossed off your list immediately. Don’t base your decision on price alone. Be cautious of an extremely low bid. If receiving more than one estimate be sure to give the job details the same way to each contractor so you won’t be comparing “apples and oranges”.
  9. Read the contract carefully. Ask questions about anything you don’t understand, and don’t be shy about asking for changes to the contract. You are the customer. Note any follow-up or guarantees or warranties the contract provides. Ensure that the warranty is a part of the contract and don’t accept that the warranty will follow. Ask if there is a cost to transfer the warranty so that you are prepared. Once you are satisfied with the contract sign it and give it to the contractor.

That is all I have for today. Again, I want to stress that if you ever need any basement finishing in Alpharetta, GA, Please call or visit BCM London Inc.

Locksmith Warner Robins

Locksmith Warner Robins

Choose The Best Locksmith Warner Robins

If you are in need of a new car key, house key, door lock, or any other locksmith service and are located in the Beautiful Warner Robins, then you are in luck by visiting this page today.

As you all know, I love promoting businesses that are deserving and give the best results. Therefore, today I am talking about the guys over at http://lockedout.toomuchrambles.com/locksmith-warner-robins-ga-31098/ .

These guys are absolutely amazing. I have a friend that used their locksmith for something as simple as a late night lockout service, and ended up using them every time they need anything. My friend owns a business so they use Locksmiths alot for safes etc.

A little insight about the services offered from this 24 hour locksmith in Warner Robins, GA :

  • Emergency Locksmith Services – Any time any day, they are there for you.
  • Residential Locksmith Services – For home locks and safes.
  • Commercial Locksmith – For all of your commercial business locksmith needs.
  • Auto Locksmith Services – They can provide lock and keys for any make or model.

I hope someone else, outside of my good friend will enjoy the services of this fantastic company. Visit them today at http://lockedout.toomuchrambles.com/locksmith-warner-robins-ga-31098/ .

Local SEO

Local SEO

Local SEO – How To Rank Your Local Brick and Mortar Business Online

A Guide Provided By Magnum Firm – A Macon SEO Expert

Anyone that owns or markets for a local business already knows that trying to rank a local business is a completely different challenge when compared to trying to rank a general search website. Local rankings and the factors that go into this type of ranking are changing it seems like daily.

local ranking factors

Above you can take a look at a graph that we created. It outlines the important factors in local seo. You will notice that this is similar, but drastically different, than national ranking charts.

You need to worry about ranking in the Map or local pack as well as in the traditional organic listings. Let me talk a moment about the Map Pack Listings.

When trying to rank in the section that shows different local businesses on a map, you need to worry about NAP citations, reviews, and Google My Business Signals. Of course, you still need to spend some time with traditional link building as well, but the NAP citations and such are much more important.

That being said, if you have not already done so, be sure to create, claim, and verify your google my business page. I will not walk you through this step as Google does a good enough job of doing that upon the sign-up process.

What is important when creating the My Business page is to ensure that you have the following:

  • A unique description. Ensure that in this description, you include some keywords (naturally of course), to help ensure that the search engines can understand what your business is all about.
  • Choose the correct categories. Do not go overboard and select too many. Keep it simple, it will pay off to use only the MOST relevant categories offered.
  • Upload photos, the more the better. Be sure to name the photos before you upload them to either your business name or keywords as it will help properly SEO you images.
  • Use a local phone number, part of local seo is having a local phone number.
  • Give your local address, of course local addresses help with performing proper seo for a local type of business.
  • Add your hours (not for seo purposes, but good practice either way)
  • Get real reviews from real customers. Be sure to ask every happy customer to provide you with an honest review. Reviews give you star ratings in the map pack and provide you with an unfair advantage in local search marketing.

Importance of a Consistent NAP

When performing search engine optimization for a local business, you will be creating lots of NAP citations. You will want links from places such as yelp, foursquare, houzz, google my business, etc.

What many people fail to realize is that they are including inconsistent name, address, and phone number. Most commonly, an inconsistent name. What I want you to understand is that when building citations “My business” and “My business LLC” are not the same. If you say simply “My business” on one, you need to have that EXACT name on all citations. Same for address and phone number. Make them IDENTICAL on every citation page you create.

Other things you will want to do when trying to rank locally in the search engines will be the meta tag, title, and description. When you create these on-page factors, you need to include local terms in all of them.

Also, be sure to include shcema markup when you can. This is becoming a standard and without it you are missing out on some of the most basic but powerful ranking factors when it comes to local rankings and google.

The SEO experts in Macon have advised us that these are the first steps that they provide for every local client they take on. After that, they claim that rankings come easy within weeks. Hope you have enjoyed this article, we will post more soon on the use of social seo.