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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

Farm and Ranch Fencing Company

Tags: farm and ranch fencing

(512) 729-7040

Last Updated:
August 31st, 2017

Farm and Ranch Fencing Co. serves Austin, TX and surrounding areas with quality fencing for agricultural or livestock needs. From home gardens to pastures, field fencing to horse gates, we provide central Texas with farm and ranch fencing solutions.
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8956 Research Blvd #20

Austin, TX 78758

Bobcat Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(512) 954-5025

Last Updated:
August 26th, 2017

Bobcat Locksmith offers key cutting, key duplication, mobile emergency locksmith services, and more in Austin, Texas.
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11001 S 1st St. #0114

Austin, TX 78748

Austin Mold Assessments

Tags: Mold Inspection Austin , Mold Testing Austin , Mold Inspection

(512) 537-7500

Last Updated:
August 25th, 2017

Austin Mold Assessments offers mold inspections and testing of your home and business. We are independent and impartial. Offering solutions to your air quality problems.
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2028 E. Ben White Blvd. Ste 240

Austin, TX 78741

Jollyville Locksmith

Tags: 24 hour locksmith

(512) 354-4982

Last Updated:
August 13th, 2017

Jollyville, Texas locksmith services are within reach – the only thing you need to do to take advantage of our handy automotive, residential and commercial services is dial our number. We are Jollyville Locksmith and we are proud to provide customers...
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6263 McNeil Dr, #1012

Austin, TX 78729

Nature's Own Pest & Lawn Services

Tags: pest control austin

(512) 454-0700

Last Updated:
July 27th, 2017

Nature's Own Pest Control provides organic pest control, extermination services and lawn services for Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
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8711 Burnet Rd

Austin, TX 78757

21st Century Painting & Roofing

Tags: Painting Contractors

(512) 219-0342

Last Updated:
July 12th, 2017

21st Century Painting and Roofing has been serving the Austin area since 1996. We are dedicated to giving our customers’ the finest service and workmanship in the industry weather it be in Painting, Roofing, Residing or Small repair jobs you may have...
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9811-A Beck Cir

Austin, TX 78758

Stable Foundations, Inc.

Tags: Concrete Contractor

(512) 981-3313

Last Updated:
July 11th, 2017

Stable Foundations is the top concrete contractor in Austin TX for over 10 years. We specialize in driveways, sidewalks, patios and anything that is concrete.
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8038 Exchange Dr Unit 935

Austin, TX 78754

Landscaping Austin

Tags: Austin landscaping

(512) 270-7276

Last Updated:
June 19th, 2017

Landscaping Austin is considered among the top Austin landscaping design companies because we provide quality lawn care. We turn your Austin landscape into a work of art. When you are looking for lawn care austin, give us a call because we have the b...
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3903 S Congress Ave Unit 41251

Austin, TX 78704

Tree Service Austin

Tags: tree service Austin

(512) 400-2746

Last Updated:
June 16th, 2017

Tree Service Austin is one of the top tree trimming companies in Austin Texas. You have many choices for tree service in Austin, so when you need the best Austin tree service, or tree removal Austin, please give us a call. We also provide tree servic...
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3201 Bee Cave Rd Ste 120-163961

Austin, TX 78716



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.