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Local business listings for Austin, TX

Kiwi Services

Tags: carpet cleaning services

(512) 381-3449

Last Updated:
June 30th, 2018

Kiwi carpet cleaning was dreamt up 30 years ago by Angela, who wanted an affordable carpet cleaning plan that could keep her home beautiful all-year round. As a mother of three with pets, spills, mud, and more, she needed a carpet cleaner that could ...
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1814 Fleischer Dr, Ste A

Austin, TX 78728

Austin AC Repair – Air Conditioning Repair & Installation

Tags: ac repair austin

(512) 550-9556

Last Updated:
June 27th, 2018

Keep your air conditioning unit working properly by making sure it is serviced by top professionals who specialize in AC repair in Austin TX. We are dedicated to providing the best air conditioning repair service to our customers. Find the best maint...
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202 N. Crest Circle Unit C

Austin, TX 78752

C. Haynes Construction

Tags: Bathroom Remodeler

(512) 430-1002

Last Updated:
June 24th, 2018

C. Haynes Construction is a premier home remodeling and handyman company serving the greater Austin area. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is reflected in our A+ BBB rating, and the reputation we have established with our clients. ...
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7908 Tee Drive

Austin, TX 78747

TemperaturePro Austin Metro

Tags: HVAC Repair Services

(512) 733-2665

Last Updated:
June 21st, 2018

TemperaturePro® is a growing professional air conditioning and heating service company already located in many communities throughout the United States. While each location is independently owned and operated, customers still get the benefits of a na...
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13800 Dragline Dr. Suite C

Austin, TX 78728

TemperaturePro West Austin

Tags: HVAC Repair Services

(512) 953-5822

Last Updated:
June 20th, 2018

TemperaturePro® is a growing professional air conditioning and heating service company already located in many communities throughout the United States. While each location is independently owned and operated, customers still get the benefits of a na...
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13505 Fitzhugh Rd

Austin, TX 78736

Greenwave Plumbing

Tags: Austin water heater repair

(512) 376-2555

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2018

Greenwave Plumbing is a local, family-owned and operated business. We believe in honest, courteous, professional service, with no gimmicks or hard selling to make an extra buck. We have extensive experience with all your possible home plumbing needs,...
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3800 North Lamar Blvd. Suite 200

Austin, TX 78756

Fast Austin Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Austin Tx

(512) 580-8724

Last Updated:
June 8th, 2018

Call Fast Austin Locksmith for all of your car lockouts, residential and commercial locksmith needs. Affordable pricing and fast service with friendly technicians!
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701 Tillery St.,Suite B-1

Austin, TX 78702

Green Collar Operations

Tags: Duct Solutions

(512) 986-7045

Last Updated:
June 8th, 2018

Green Collar is committed to making your home as energy efficient as possible.
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8500 Shoal Creek Blvd 2L

Austin, TX 78757

Carpet Now

Tags: carpeting austin

(512) 399-2828

Last Updated:
June 8th, 2018

Carpet Now is disrupting the carpet industry as we know it today. We are a solutions driven company striving to bring excellence and simplicity to families in need of new carpet across Texas. Our estimators are highly-trained and qualified carpet exp...
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700 Lavaca Suite 1400

Austin, TX 78701

Bumblebee Home Inspection Septic Tank Cleaning Service

Tags: septic tank cleaning

(512) 956-7558

Last Updated:
June 3rd, 2018

Bumblebee Home Inspection Septic Tank Cleaning Service provides septic system inspection, pumping and cleaning for residential and commercial properties. We service both traditional and aerobic septic systems using the latest equipment. Regular maint...
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7421 Burnet Rd, #106

Austin, TX 78757



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.