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Local business listings for Austin, TX

Gutter Tex

Tags: gutter cleaning

(512) 410-0290

Last Updated:
October 3rd, 2018

Gutter Tex is Austin's leader in gutter cleaning, repair, and installation. Our team has over 15 years of combined experience to the Austin area. Controlling rain water off your house is critical in protecting your foundation and landscaping. We inst...
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9600 Escarpment Blvd 745-18

Austin, TX 78749

Wikilawn

Tags: austin lawn care

(512) 356-9814

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2018

Wikilawn is a leading resource on lawn care and landscaping. Pulling from academic and industry knowledge, Wikilawn strives to provide tailored lawn care and landscaping guides for each U.S. city and suburb. Wikilawn covers everything from seasonal l...
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201 W 5th St #1100

Austin, TX 78701

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Austin Lawn Care

(512) 379-5153

Last Updated:
September 28th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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3918 Katzman Dr

Austin, TX 78728

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: austin lawn care

(512) 643-8634

Last Updated:
September 25th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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814 San Jacinto Boulevard

Austin, TX 78701

Austin Maid Service

Tags: cleaning service

(512) 548-4660

Last Updated:
September 17th, 2018

Austin Maid Service is a locally owned and operated house cleaning company in Austin Texas. We hire the best maids in the business and offer a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee. We offer reliable and affordable residential, office and commercial...
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2882 Barton Skwy #222

Austin, TX 78746

MileStone Community Builders

Tags: home builder

(512) 961-7940

Last Updated:
August 18th, 2018

Searight Village is made by MileStone, the premiere homebuilder for new homes in Austin Texas. As Austin home builders, we pride ourselves in providing the best experience. Whether you're looking for custom home builders, or just looking for Austin h...
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915 W Slaughter Ln

Austin, TX 78748

MileStone Community Builders

Tags: home builder

(512) 686-4986

Last Updated:
August 16th, 2018

MileStone Community Builders by MileStone, a premiere homebuilder for new homes in Austin Texas. As Austin home builders, we take pride in providing the best Austin new home builder experience. Whether you're looking for custom home builders, or just...
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9111 Jollyville Rd #111

Austin, TX 78759

Austin Handyman Services

Tags: Austin Handyman Services

(512) 765-5349

Last Updated:
August 8th, 2018

Austin Handyman Services is here to take care of all of you home related needs. We do electrical, plumbing and even offer an assembly service!
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1779 Austin Parkway Suite 110b-p286

Austin, TX 74725

Austin Commercial Roofing Repair & Replacement

Tags: Commercial Roofing austin

(512) 913-0423

Last Updated:
August 7th, 2018

If you own a fleet of rental properties or shophouses we recommend that you invest your money in getting the roof maintained repaired or replaced. Austin Commercial Roofing Repair & Replacement is a full-service commercial roofing company that is r...
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7900 Briarton Drive

Austin, TX 78747

Bed Bug Exterminator Austin

Tags: Pest Control

(512) 355-0866

Last Updated:
July 30th, 2018

Are you looking for pest control that specializes in bed bug extermination? Look no further than Bed Bug Exterminator Austin. We are the #1 choice for Austin, TX residents that face the challenges of bed bug infestations. Our heat treatments are ef...
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800 Brazos St

Austin, TX 78701



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.