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Local business listings for Austin, TX

Vent Cap Systems

Tags: Vent Cap , Energy Audit , Duct Sealing

(512) 650-8368

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

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15877 Long Vista Dr #107

Austin, TX 78728

Water Damage and Roofing of Austin

Tags: water damage Austin roofing Austin Austin roofing company water damage restoration Austin Austin roofing roof repair Austin

(512) 820-6505

Last Updated:
May 19th, 2018

We at Water Damage and Roofing of Austin take incomparable pride in our work. Driven by the passion to deliver the highest quality repairs in the market Water Damage and Roofing of Austin is one of the top Water damage restoration and roofing compan...
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9711 Beck Cir

Austin, TX 78758

Ace Roofing Austin Repair & Replacement

Tags: austin roofing company

(512) 518-1176

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2018

Ace Roofing Austin leads the field for premier customer service positive roofer reviews and referrals and our passionate commitment to excel as the best roofing contractor in Austin TX. We work hard to be fast and friendly in responding to your ro...
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1505 W 6th StBldg 1 Suite R-213

Austin, TX 78703

Hook-N-Haul Dumpsters

Tags: dumpsters

(512) 876-0271

Last Updated:
May 16th, 2018

We are one of a few Dumpster Rental Companies in Austin and the only one located in North Austin that uses the hook-lift dumpster system to deliver and pick up roll off dumpsters. With Hook-N-Haul Dumpsters, you will not have to worry about hidden s...
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1221 S Congress Ave #2327

Austin, TX 78704

Home Remodeling Austin Texas

Tags: Home Remodeling Austin

(512) 833-3286

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

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701 Brentwood St

Austin, TX 78752

Austin Air Conditioning & Repair

Tags: air conditioning repair austin

(512) 271-2172

Last Updated:
May 9th, 2018

Austin Air Conditioning & Repair is a licensed air conditioning service contractor that operates in Central Texas. We have tons of experience on everything that relates to air conditioning as we have been working in the industry for over a decade. B...
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1505 W 6th Street AC-325

Austin, TX 78703

Austin Plumbers

Tags: plumbers austin tx

(512) 265-5260

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

Austin Plumbers is your local Austin plumbing services company. We offer full service plumbing repair drain cleaning and clearing sewer line repair water heater repair and replacement services throughout the greater Austin area.
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1505 W 6th StreetBldg 1 3rd Floor #310

Austin, TX 78703

Trilogy Restoration

Tags: flood restoration services

(888) 788-6154

Last Updated:
April 27th, 2018

Emergency Water Damage Restoration. Water Damage Repair. Frozen Pipes Burst. Basement Flooding. Flood Damage Restoration. Water removal & extraction. If your property recently experienced flooding or a burst pipe, it is imperative that you obtain pro...
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2100 W William Cannon Dr

Austin, TX 78745

Peace Frog Carpet & Tile Cleaning

Tags: Carpet cleaning Austin TX

(512) 259-6606

Last Updated:
April 27th, 2018

Peace Frog Carpet & Tile Cleaning is a 5-star, Earth-friendly, full service carpet cleaning company. We specialize in deep steam carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, upholstery cleaning, area rug cleaning, pet odor removal, dryer vent fire preve...
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501 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road #300

Austin, TX 78702

Fiberglass Pools Remodeling LLC

Tags: Fiberglass Pool Remodeling

(512) 944-0257

Last Updated:
April 26th, 2018

Fiberglass Pools Remodeling LLC are swimming pool remodeling and repair specialist in Austin, Texas. We have a team of pool remodeling experts to manage residential and commercial pools. Our services includes pool leak detection, Leak Repair, Pool Cr...
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11720 N Interstate Hwy 35 #104

Austin, TX 78753



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.