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Local business listings for Tacoma , WA

Tacoma Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaning

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(253) 229-7499

Last Updated:
September 10th, 2018

Tacoma Cleanpro Carpet Cleaning System is a revolutionary breakthrough using technology with common sense - the Ion Exchange process.
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3906 163rd St E

Tacoma, WA 98446

Roofing Companies Tacoma

Tags: Roofing companies

(253) 201-3008

Last Updated:
April 22nd, 2018

At Roofing Companies Tacoma, we pride ourselves on quality work done to specification the first time and every time. Protect one of the biggest investments you'll ever make, your home. Call us today!
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4001 S Pine St, Ste 112133

Tacoma, WA 98413

Garage Door Repair Tacoma

Tags: garage door repair Tacoma

(253) 218-6529

Last Updated:
April 2nd, 2018

If youíre looking for reliable garage door services in Tacoma, look no further than Garage Door Repair Tacoma. If youíre interested in services you can afford, call on Garage Door Repair Tacoma. We specialize in residential and commercial garage door...
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809 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98402

John's Plumbing & Pumps, Inc

Tags: Plumber Tacoma

(253) 201-3453

Last Updated:
March 14th, 2018

At John's Plumbing & Pumps, Inc we offer a wide variety of services including: plumbing and drain cleaning as well as sewer and septic services. Visit our website today for more information.
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4127 N 30th Street

Tacoma, WA 98407

Mr. Rooter

Tags: Plumber Tacoma

(253) 588-6133

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2018

Our only priority is to provide the highest level of customer service. Thatís why our service is world-class, unmatched by any plumbing company in the industry. From the moment you call our office to the moment we leave your home, Mr. Rooter Plumbing...
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9412 Portland Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98445

Sierra Concrete

Tags: Decorative concrete

(702) 410-4902

Last Updated:
December 12th, 2017

Here at Sierra Concrete, we have over 20 years of experience in the concrete business. We take pride in being your go-to specialists, and our team is fully experienced in everything from A to Z when it comes to concrete. We specialize in decorative c...
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6216 S Lawrence St

Tacoma, WA 98409

ServiceMaster of Tacoma

Tags: Emergency Water Cleanup Tacoma

(253) 336-3716

Last Updated:
October 9th, 2017

Emergency Water Cleanup Tacoma
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5111 S. Burlington Way

Tacoma, WA 98409

SBK Recycle

Tags: Computer Recycling

(253) 539-9095

Last Updated:
September 1st, 2017

SBK Recycle specializes in Computer & Electronic Recycling. We offer free pickup and removal for businesses. We provide Data Destruction with Certificates of Destruction at no cost.
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10733 A ST S

Tacoma, WA 98444

Budget Blinds of Tacoma

Tags: curtains

(253) 533-2953

Last Updated:
August 4th, 2017

We're dedicated to bringing Tacoma and surrounding areas high quality blinds and draperies. We help you find the best window treatments and window coverings for your home and lifestyle.
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1625 E 72nd St., Ste. 700-145

Tacoma, WA 98404

Tacoma Tree Pro Care

Tags: Tree Service

(253) 259-3820

Last Updated:
June 22nd, 2017

At tacoma.treeprocare.com we carry out work that is related to the maintenance and health of trees in Tacoma. In fact, our knowledgeable and skilled staff understand how to rescue a wide variety of tree species from the onslaught of pests and/ or dis...
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6817 27th St. W #64858

Tacoma, WA 98466



How to Hire a Contractor in Tacoma WA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Tacoma WA 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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma WA

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 Tacoma WA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a WA or Tacoma 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 Tacoma WA

Accidents happen to even the best Tacoma 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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma WA

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