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Local business listings for Berkeley, CA

Mythical Maids

Tags: house cleaning berkeley maid service berkeley cleaning company berkeley home cleaning

(510) 868-2187

Last Updated:
August 22nd, 2017

A full-service house cleaning and maid service serving Berkeley California.
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2024 Durant Ave Unit 301

Berkeley, CA 94704

Smartscaping

Tags: Hardscaping

(510) 647-8630

Last Updated:
May 27th, 2017

If you are in the market looking for residential or commercial hardscaping products or paving services such as brick pavers, interlocking pavers you have come to the right place. No one is more dedicated to installing gorgeous paver driveways in The ...
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1433 Dwight Way Suite F

Berkeley, CA 94702

AGM local garage door repair Berkeley

Tags: garage door repair Berkeley , garage door installation Berkeley , gates repair Berkeley

(510) 400-5762

Last Updated:
March 22nd, 2017

Are you wondering ways to repair your garage door? We strive to give you the finest service in the marketplace and access to the lowest rates. All our work is guaranteed. Call us now (510) 400-5762 and ask about your free price quote.
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2729 Dwight Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

Superfast Garage Doors Berkely

Tags: garage doors

(510) 256-5660

Last Updated:
January 18th, 2017

When locals need a garage door repair contractor in Berkeley, California, they should make sure to reach out to Berkeley Garage Door Services. We offer various services that will improve your garage door, whether you are having us install it or just ...
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4044 Eighth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

Antiques and Modern

Tags: Furniture

(510) 228-5321

Last Updated:
January 12th, 2017

Antiques and Modern in Berkeley, CA specializes in authentic handcrafted mid-century Danish Modern furniture. We are the preferred dealer for mid-century furniture serving residents of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, and the entire Bay Ar...
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3017 Adeline St.

Berkeley, CA 94703

Locksmith Berkeley

Tags: Locksmith

(510) 991-6616

Last Updated:
September 1st, 2016

Locksmith Berkeley | 24/7 Locksmiths Services. Do you need reliable, cheap and fast locksmiths to get the high-quality job done for you? Then you are in the right place. Reaching out for locksmith Berkeley to handle your lock-related situation is th...
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1949 Milvia St

Berkeley, CA 94704

Garage Door Repair Berkeley

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(510) 982-3274

Last Updated:
July 21st, 2016

When you have a jammed door, a damaged door panel, or a broken door remote, look us up. We at Garage Door Repair Berkeley have the best garage door experts in California.
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1950 Addison St Berkeley #301

Berkeley, CA 94704

Carpet Cleaning Berkeley

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(510) 210-1310

Last Updated:
June 27th, 2016

That carpeting in your home provides a variety of functions. Not only does carpeting help to keep your floors warm and help to deaden sound if you live in an apartment, it also adds to your home’s décor. However, no matter how often you vacuum your c...
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2020 Milvia street Ste 605

Berkeley, CA 94704

Berkeley Plumbing

Tags: Allentown Emergency Plumber

(800) 275-8777

Last Updated:
May 15th, 2016

Specializing in Emergency Plumbing services, Plumbing repairs, kitchen, bathroom, water heaters
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2000 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

Berkeley CA Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Services

(510) 256-5708

Last Updated:
February 5th, 2016

Locksmith Services, Emergency Services, 24*7 Locksmith Services, Lockouts, Locks & Keys
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2005 Dwight Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



How to Hire a Contractor in Berkeley CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley CA

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