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Local business listings for Austin, TX

Ace Roofing Company

Tags: roofing contractor

(512) 836-7663

Last Updated:
February 13th, 2018

Ace Roofing Company is the premier residential and commercial roofing contractor. Regardless of your roofing needs, a roof repair or complete roof installation, Ace Roofing company’s unsurpassed expertise, quality and customer service keep our custom...
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9705 Burnet Road Suite 415

Austin, TX 78758

Texas Showcase Roofing

Tags: austin roofing

(512) 308-6262

Last Updated:
February 13th, 2018

Texas Showcase Roofing is one of the top ten roofing companies in the Central Texas region listed as GAF Master Elite Certified. Only 10 out of 400 roofing companies in the Austin area have achieved this level and only 3% of all contractors in the na...
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1250 S Capital of Texas Hwy Bldg #3, Suite 400

Austin, TX 78746

It's Cleaning Time

Tags: house cleaning austin

(512) 751-0565

Last Updated:
February 13th, 2018

We provide the most professional House Cleaning in Austin, TX. Click to have your house cleaned today! Click to book an appointment today!
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11615 Rustic Rock Dr

Austin, TX 78750

Capitol Chimney

Tags: Chimney Sweep

(512) 456-9102

Last Updated:
January 24th, 2018

Capitol Chimney has been serving Texans for 10+ years. We serve families in Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and the surrounding areas. We do the best chimney sweep Austin and surrounding areas can provide!
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7900 Snook Hook Trail

Austin, TX 78729

The Great Curtain Company

Tags: Interior designer

(512) 535-3482

Last Updated:
January 23rd, 2018

Austin's only custom ready to hang and custom showroom! Providing beautiful already made up custom quality curtains as well as quick and affordable special orders with fabrics, hardware, installation, bedding and shades! The great curtain company is ...
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6611 S. MoPac Expy #200a

Austin, TX 78749

Allied Services

Tags: Residential washing services

(512) 593-1272

Last Updated:
January 22nd, 2018

Allied Services Company is a local family owned and operated company specializing in commercial and residential pressure washing services. We have serviced businesses and homes big and small, and there is no project we can't handle. Our mission is to...
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3503 E-K Ln

Austin, TX 78754

Atlas Chimney Inc.

Tags: Austin CSIA Certified Chimney Professionals

(512) 244-6639

Last Updated:
January 22nd, 2018

Atlas Chimney Inc. is owned by Chris Hess and is located in Austin, Texas. The CSIA certified specialists have serviced the surrounding Austin and central Texas area for over 25 years providing chimney, masonry, fireplace, and dryer vent services. H...
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11126 Jollyville Rd Suite C

Austin, TX 78759

Austin Roofers

Tags: Austin Roofing Company

(512) 598-2891

Last Updated:
December 30th, 2017

Austin Roofers is the premier roofing company in Austin, TX. We complete jobs all across the Austin area. Give the best Austin Roofing Company a call today!
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9901 Brodie Lane Suite 160-790

Austin, TX 78748

M.H.M.Remodeling

Tags: Kitchen renovations Austin

(512) 775-2650

Last Updated:
December 29th, 2017

"First, I would like to say thank you for considering M.H.M. Remodeling for your next home improvement-renovation project. M.H.M. Remodeling has been providing top quality work for homeowners in the Austin area since 1999. I am an Austin native a...
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5114 Balcones Woods Dr.

Austin, TX 78759

Austin Painters

Tags: Austin Painting Company

(512) 746-7480

Last Updated:
December 28th, 2017

Austin Painters is the premier residential and commercial painting company in Austin, TX.
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9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160-790

Austin, TX 78748



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.