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Premium Seamless Gutters Austin – Installation, Repair & Cleaning

Tags: gutters

(512) 553-5139

Last Updated:
November 14th, 2017

Premium Seamless Gutters Austin company believes in doing a job well the first time around. We hold our clients dear and aim to make surpass their expectations. You can be sure that we supply high-quality gutters and our installations are made to las...
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8701 Bluffstone Cove Bldg 6 Unit 100

Austin, TX 78759

YardDoc

Tags: pest control

(512) 456-8888

Last Updated:
November 13th, 2017

YardDoc is Austin's industry leader and professional, one stop service partner for all your exterior property services. At YardDoc, we provide commercial and residential property services in the greater Austin area, focusing on building long term rel...
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3267 Bee Caves Road Suite 107-292

Austin, TX 78746

Austin Roofing Company - Roof Repair & Replacement

Tags: roofing austin

(512) 820-1332

Last Updated:
November 10th, 2017

Welcome to Austin Roofing Company, we are your local Austin residential roof repair experts. Whether you’re in need of roof repairs, replacements, or installations, we are here to help! Our team of professional roofing experts is here to provide our ...
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4411 Spicewood Springs Rd #1501

Austin, TX 78759

Aroma Living Styles

Tags: buy whirlpool air purifier

(866) 666-1168

Last Updated:
November 2nd, 2017

Aroma Living Styles offers premium home air purification systems and genuine Whirlpool replacement air filters. Whirlpool air purifiers have HEPA filters or Carbon filters that assist with cleaning and purifying the air that is circulated in your hom...
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8760A Research Blvd. Suite 386 Austin, Texas 78758

Austin, TX 78758

Rayvat Rendering

Tags: 3D Rendering Studio

(516) 515-1675

Last Updated:
October 28th, 2017

Rayvat Rendering provides quality 3D Rendering and 3D Modeling,CAD Drafting and 3D Animation Services.Email - rendering@rayvat.com or Call us at +1(516) 515-1675
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Sundown Lane

Austin, TX 78749

Austin Garage Door Solutions

Tags: garage door service

(512) 709-3704

Last Updated:
October 24th, 2017

Looking for garage door fix and repair service in Austin, Tx region? Austin garage door repair solutions provide efficient and 24/7 commercial garage door repair and installation service at affordable rates. Ring us at 512-709-3704 for free quote!
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5301 Village Cove

Austin, TX 78744

Gardner Metal Recycling

Tags: scrap metal

(512) 292-1022

Last Updated:
October 24th, 2017

Recycling Center
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8410 S. Congress Ave

Austin, TX 78748

Spray Foam Austin

Tags: Home Improvement

(512) 931-1794

Last Updated:
October 8th, 2017

Specialist in all types of spray foam applications, retro fit for existing homes, buildings, etc... any new construction residential or commercial. Also cold storage for winery's, brewery's, distilleries. Commercial roofing foam. We also insulate s...
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1900 Blue Crest, Unit B

Austin, TX 78704

Elite Heating and Air Conditioning

Tags: a/c repair Austin TX

(512) 637-4237

Last Updated:
October 2nd, 2017

We are Austin's premier heating and cooling experts. We specialize in ways to increase air quality, equipment efficiency and overall comfort in your home or business.
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8910 Research Blvd Suite C4

Austin, TX 78578

ATX Stained Concrete

Tags: stained concrete

(512) 872-3097

Last Updated:
September 15th, 2017

ATX Stained Concrete provides quality concrete staining and polishing to greater Austin, TX. Our expert team has been providing residential and commercial concrete polishing for the last decade, from retail stores to apartments, homes to restaurants....
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8956 Research Blvd #120

Austin, TX 78758



How to Hire a Contractor in Austin TX You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Austin TX 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 Austin 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 Austin TX

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 Austin TX

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a TX or Austin 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 Austin TX

Accidents happen to even the best Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin TX

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