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Local business listings for Bakersfield, CA

Hometown Plumbing Sewer & Drain Inc

Tags: Bathroom Remodeling

(661) 837-4569

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Your local choice for quality plumbing services With 24-hour emergency services and a one-hour response time on all repairs and installations, Hometown Plumbing Sewer & Drain is your only choice for the best in home remodeling. Call for a FREE estima...
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9502 Empire State Dr

Bakersfield, CA 93311

GreenPal Lawn Care of Bakersfield

Tags: Lawn Care Service

(661) 281-2711

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

If you are considering hiring a lawn care specialist, sign up for GreenPal even if only to see what your options are. Creating a profile takes only a moment, and we won't need any of credit card before you decide to hire a lawn service. That means y...
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133 South Real Road, #20

Bakersfield, CA 93309

Vivint Solar

Tags: solar , solar panels , solar companies

(661) 370-4150

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We're flipping the switch on how the world creates and consumes energy by connecting people to the power of the sun.
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2501 Union Ave Suite D

Bakersfield, CA 93305

All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers

Tags: Pool Fencing

(800) 786-8110

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Pool fence and pool covers in Bakersfield by All-Safe is owned and operated by the Hauge family, Reed, Helen and Marsh, who share the family name and strong and consistent family values. Approximately forty employees make up our dedicated All-Safe "f...
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1501 Truxtun Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Moving companies Bakersfield

Tags: Moving companies

(313) 520-6226

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We are Bakersfield based company that specializes in moving services from/to Bakersfield. We help customers move California-wide – from Bakersfield to any city or town in California. We also help out customers move from anywhere in California to Bake...
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22nd St

Bakersfield, CA 93301

The Plumbing Doc

Tags: Sewer and Drain Repair

(661) 836-1620

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Plumbing Doc is owned by Rick Clemmons. Rick was born in Arlington California in 1959 and moved to Bakersfield in 1964. He was raised right here in Kern County and through the years has developed many strong friendships and ties in our community.
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1805 Lawson Road

Bakersfield, CA 93307

Bez Valley Pest Control

Tags: Pest Control

(661) 613-2011

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Pest control in Bakersfield, CA we do termite, bed bug, rats, ants, rats and any and all bug extermination services. We are licensed & insured and use smart up to date practices to get rid of the pests and to prevent them from coming back. We can do ...
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906 Devonshire St

Bakersfield, CA 93312

Smile Maids

Tags: Home cleaning services

(661) 241-4499

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Smile Maids is a new cleaning company here in Bakersfield, and we are doing things differently…every maid is interviewed in person and background checked. You can book your cleaning online in 60 seconds, and we use safe cleaning supplies to keep your...
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3500 Granada Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93309

J. Woods Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

Tags: plumbing bakersfield

(661) 577-4294

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

J. Woods Plumbing & Drain Cleaning of Bakersfield, CA, is here to give the best and brightest plumbing, drain cleaning, water heater repair, and other services in Bakersfield, CA! Our plumbers have been in service since 2002, so we know what it takes...
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9809 Balvanera Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93312

Smile Maids

Tags: house cleaning Bakersfield

(661) 241-4499

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Smile Maids is a new cleaning company here in Bakersfield, and we are doing things differently…every maid is interviewed in person and background checked.
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3500 Granada Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93309



How to Hire a Contractor in Bakersfield CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bakersfield CA 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 Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield CA

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 Bakersfield CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield CA

Accidents happen to even the best Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield CA

Always check references -- both online and offline. The best way to find a good Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield 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.