Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Plumbing Pros

Tags: Bellingham plumber , Bellingham plumbing , Bellingham emergency plumbing

(360) 325-4171

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Bellingham Plumbing Pros is a family owned business with a deep local history. Our families have been in the Whatcom area for over 100 years! We are experts in all aspects of plumbing. Have an old house that scares the other guys? Not us , we've see...
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3922 E Connecticut St

Bellingham, WA 98226

Bellingham's Best House Cleaning

Tags: House Cleaning

(360) 234-3238

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

If you need house cleaning, apartment cleaning, office cleaning, or rental cleaning, Bellingham's Best House Cleaning is the honest, professional, and trustworthy choice!
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1905 James St.

Bellingham, WA 98225

Bellingham Electrician

Tags: Bellingham Washington Electrician electric services electrical contractor

(360) 312-3098

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Providing a comprehensive selection of electrician services, our Bellingham electricians are highly trained and knowledgeable, allowing them to complete each project with success.
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424 W. Bakerview Road Ste 105-2014

Bellingham, WA 98226

Asphalt Industries

Tags: Asphalt Contractors

(360) 303-8061

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Turn to us for all of your asphalt needs! Asphalt Industries keep your asphalt looking great with our powerful asphalt seal coating services. We specialize in asphalt repair services as well as roofing services and brush services. 10 years of experie...
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1790 Mt Baker Hwy

Bellingham, WA 98226

vetos construction

Tags: Siding contractor bellingham

(360) 920-1095

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We are a siding contractor company that specializes in remodels, new construction, and commercial. We install all sorts of siding, anything from hardie plank to cedar shake. We are located in Bellingham WA, and do work mainly in whatcom county but so...
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4015 eliza ave #109

Bellingham, WA 98226

Medical Alert Bellingham WA

Tags: Mobile Medical Alerts Bellingham WA , GPS Medical Alert Bellingham WA , Medical Alert Alarm Bellingham WA

(877) 647-9008

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

When the phone rings in the Rescue Medical Alert affiliated Response Center, a highly-trained operator scans your vital statistics on the computer and carefully handles your call so you get the help you need quickly and efficiently.
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Serving Bellingham Washington

Bellingham, WA 98225

Rawls Tree Service

Tags: tree removal bellingham wa

(360) 303-8825

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Rawls Tree Service is a locally owned and operated business provides full-scale tree services in Bellingham and Ferndale WA. Call us today at 360-303-8825 for a free estimates.
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PO Box 28657,4044 Glengary Road

Bellingham, WA 98228

24/7 Painting

Tags: Paint , Interior Painter , Painter

(360) 220-5868

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

24/7 Painting is a commercial and residential painter in Bellingham, WA. We can handle all forms of interior or exterior painting and there is no project too big or too small. We offer remodeling and pressure washing services for your home or busines...
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256 Prince Ave

Bellingham, WA 98226

GlacierScapes Landscaping

Tags: hardscaping

(360) 305-4470

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We offer services from landscape design, to landscape installation, and landscape maintenance. ´╗┐We can take care of all your landscaping needs. We maintain a consistent quality and standard for all of our landscaping applications. We focus on conc...
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3210 Illinois Ln

Bellingham, WA 98225

JPS Builders

Tags: bellingham decks

(360) 303-8728

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

JPS Builders is based in Bellingham, WA and primarily serves Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. We are a full-service residential re-modeler and new construction builder. We have been in business since March of 2005 and the owner has been in resi...
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PO Box 2732

Bellingham, WA 98227

How to Hire a Contractor in Bellingham WA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bellingham WA 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham WA

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 Bellingham WA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a WA or Bellingham 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 Bellingham WA

Accidents happen to even the best Bellingham 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 Bellingham 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.


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 Bellingham WA

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