Chicago Home Repair Contractors: Find Out, How to Choose the Best

If you love your home, you gotta love repair contractors. In a perfect world houses don't need to be maintained and redecorated — but in our material world things wear, garage door breaks, the laundry room is getting damp and the roof is leaking. To sort our big and minor home repair tasks, there are supermen that appear when most needed.

Home improvement is not an easy job — the contractors must have the knowledge, skill, experience, and a solid network of good contacts. Looking for these guys in Chicago? Follow our advice — and you will definitely find them!

Who are home repair contractors?

Home repair contracting is a branch of the general contracting business. If general contractors specialize in commercial or/and residential projects of any scope, home repair contractors only do home repair and remodeling. And it makes total sense to hire them if you need to fix water damage, install new tiles in the bathroom, do some magic with plumbing, replace broken stairs or solve the electricity problem.

Besides relatively light fixtures, your home improvement can be more significant — a new construction project (home additions, new rooms, outdoor structures, etc.). And they also can be executed by a group of professional home repair contractors.

Here at Fortress Home, we have been providing these services to the residents of the Chicago area, iL, for more than 20 years. We are a family owned business and take every task — big or small — with care and great attentiveness.

You can give us a call at 773-770-8607 any time and get a free consultation on your problem. Custom home builders create residential projects based on unique designs.

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Home repair contractors: list of services

  • New construction (house additions, new rooms, etc.)
  • House decoration and redecoration
  • Drywall restoration
  • New home finishing works
  • Residential restoration
  • Light fixtures (water damage, electricity problems, etc.)
  • Patio and deck repair
  • Garage door repair
  • Roof repair/replacement
  • Stairs repair/replacement
  • Walls repair/demolition/installation
  • Windows and doors repair/demolition/installation
  • Bathroom fixtures and repair
  • Living room improvement/additions
  • Bedroom improvement/additions
  • Kitchen improvement/additions
  • Countertop repair/installation
  • Landscaping

Home repair contractors vs handymen

To find a handyman with golden hands is true luck. And the same with a home repair contractor! The difference is in the scope of services — contractors are more likely to be able to execute more jobs than a handyman. On the other hand, he can be a true master of his craft — so if you know one, hold on to him!

General contractors, or the ones that specialize in home repair, would have a good network of contacts and, in case needed, are able to invite basically any type of subcontractors — plumbers, carpenters, plasterers, electricians, wallpaper installers, etc.

The cost of repairs? Most likely that the handymen would charge less. But trust only the ones with good recommendations!

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What do you need to ask a potential contractor before hiring him

Here is a list of questions that you necessarily need to ask a contractor before hiring him:

  • Does your company have a registration certificate?
  • Does your company have a (general contractor) license
  • Does your company have substantial insurance?
  • How many complete projects are there in your portfolio?
  • What materials do you work with?
  • What subcontractors do you work with and why?
  • What equipment do you use?
  • What is my project (describe your project) estimate?
  • How long will it take to complete my project?
  • By what means do you manage the project?
  • What contract draft are you using and can I see it?
  • How is the budget being distributed along with the milestones of the project (down payment, deal closure)? (Remember to never work with companies that request a 100% deposit!)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a home repair contractor?

We recommend online research (don't forget to include the name of your location) and a good old asking for recommendations.

If you like a home repair of your friend's or neighbor's place — ask them if they would recommend their contractor. Ask, if the job was completed in time, if they were working properly, if the communication was smooth — and the budget relevant.

These all are the signs of the general liability of the contractor.

Our family-run business Fortress Home has been providing home repair services for more than 20 years. We operate in the Chicago, iL area, and popular cities around. Our in-house team of specialists truly loves their job and does it with full dedication. You can call us at 773-770-8607 and talk to one of them and discuss your project. We're sure that you will get the tips that no one else would give you.

Is a handyman cheaper than a contractor?

In general, yes, but it totally depends on the scope of the project. Usually, a general contractor would be able to perform more tasks at the same time — and execute them faster. Therefore, the cost of their service would be higher. But to know for sure, it is always better to do a little research and compare the quotes. Give us a call at 773-770-8607 and we will estimate your project cost in real-time.

What should you not say to a contractor?

Not all of the contractors out there are reliable and professional. Therefore, customers, who haven't had an amazing experience with their projects, advise not to tell a potential contractor the following:

  • Your budget. Wait for an estimate from them
  • That you don't care about the timings. The project can stretch in time
  • That you will also be working with your own subcontractor. This might interfere with the setup process of the contractor you are about to hire
  • That you will choose all materials yourself. Professional contractors want to be a part of the decision-making process and talk you off the wrong decisions.

Who are the people who fix houses?

These people are professionals who have relevant experience in one — or the range of home repair services. It can be a general contractor, a home repair business, a handyman, or a subcontractor (for example, an electrician). When choosing the right specialist, make sure that he has relevant experience, solid recommendations, and a good portfolio of successfully completed works.

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Fortress Home understands how important it is for the customer to implement the future home project at the highest level. And our clients understand that achieving such a level is possible only by choosing a reputable and competent general contractor. If you are one of those customers, you can always rely on us when looking for a reliable construction partner for your new home or renovation.

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