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Local business listings for Aptos, CA

Contractors Today

Tags: general contractors near me

(800) 622-1062

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2017

ContractorsToday.com is your top choice to finding the best licensed contractors in your area.
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9032 Soquel Drive C-18

Aptos, CA 95003

Gutters and Windows

Tags: Fast & Reliable Home Maintenance Services

(800) 851-8412

Last Updated:
November 5th, 2016

How often are you cleaning your gutters? Overflowing gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems and cracked foundations. Failing to maintain your gutters can become a costly repair to your home. Gutters & Windows offers gutter clea...
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9032 Soquel Dr. C-20

Aptos, CA 95003

ELECTRICIANS NEARBY

Tags: Electricians & Electrical Maintenance Services

(800) 728-7071

Last Updated:
November 1st, 2016

From time to time homeowners have small projects involving wiring and electrical components. When it feels like calling in an electrician is overkill, call Electricians Nearby instead. We professionally install electric appliances like ceiling fans a...
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9032 Soquel Dr. C-21

Aptos, CA 95003

Aptos Carpet Cleaning

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(914) 633-7000

Last Updated:
June 27th, 2016

Aptos Carpet Cleaning provides premiere carpet cleaning and floor cleaning services to residents and businesses in the Aptos area of California. Since 1971 we have offered carpet and rug cleaning services and floor care by a dedicated team in order t...
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9032 Soquel Dr

Aptos, CA 95003

Aptos Landscaping

Tags: Landscaping

(417) 250-7311

Last Updated:
May 13th, 2016

For more than 30 years, Aptos Landscaping has created beautiful lawns, flowerbeds and other beauty to homes, public areas and residential and business neighborhoods throughout Aptos and surrounding areas in Santa Cruz County. We offer professional ...
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9032 Soquel Dr C-22

Aptos, CA 95003

Long Distance Moving Companies

Tags: Moving and Storage Service

(831) 688-1436

Last Updated:
April 20th, 2016

Long distance movers with over 25 years experience in shipping household goods safely and cheap. Get a free price quote online today, or give us a call for your free no obligation to buy rate quote!
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9032 Soquel Dr

Aptos, CA 95003

First Security Services

Tags: Security System Supplier

(831) 685-1110

Last Updated:
March 31st, 2016

Providing armed/unarmed private security guards and vehicle patrol services in Santa Cruz County for residential properties,offices buildings,construction sites, retail, special events and more.
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1111 Estates Dr

Aptos, CA 95003

Aptos Landscape Supply

Tags: aptoslandscapesupply.com

(831) 688-6211

Last Updated:
January 14th, 2014

Aptos Landscape Supply has been in business since 1966 to supply top soil material for homes of the most beautiful landscapes in Santa Cruz County.
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5035 Freedom Boulevard

Aptos, CA 95003

First Security Services

Tags: Santa Cruz Security Guards , Private Security Officers , Security Companies

(831) 685-1110

Last Updated:
May 27th, 2013

Ready to experience the peace-of-mind that a professional security firm can offer? First Security Services is one of Northern California's leading security companies. With a full suite of security services available, First Security Services aims to p...
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1111 Estates Dr

Aptos, CA 95003


How to Hire a Contractor in Aptos CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Aptos CA 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 Aptos 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 Aptos CA

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 Aptos CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or Aptos 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 Aptos CA

Accidents happen to even the best Aptos 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 Aptos 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 Aptos CA

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