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Local business listings for Bremerton, WA

Brookside Landscape & Design

Tags: landscape contractor silverdale wa

(360) 434-6102

Last Updated:
August 18th, 2017

Brookside Landscape & Design is a leading landscaping company serving Silverdale, WA, Bremerton, WA, and the surrounding areas. Our quality landscape design services will bring out the best in your land. Call us at (360) 434-6102 for more details.
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2830 NE Center Street

Bremerton, WA 98310

Economy Hearth & Home

Tags: heating

(360) 692-8709

Last Updated:
May 8th, 2017

At Economy Hearth & Home we are your heating, air conditioning specialists proudly serving Bainbridge Island WA, Poulsbo WA and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide the services that help to keep your heating/cooling costs affordable. Call u...
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8753 State Hwy 303 NE

Bremerton, WA 98311

Advanced Door Service

Tags: Residential Garage Door Service

(360) 698-0713

Last Updated:
March 29th, 2016

When you need a garage door repaired, replaced or serviced count on the reputable company that delivers prompt and professional service! At Advanced Door Service, we take our work and your satisfaction very seriously! Trust the professionals that h...
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1010 NE Coco Ct.

Bremerton, WA 98311

United Moving & Storage

Tags: Moving & Storage Service

(360) 479-4800

Last Updated:
March 29th, 2016

United Moving & Storage is an agent of United Van Lines, the nation's largest mover. We specialize in corporate, military and residential relocations worldwide. We also provide professional packing, shipping and storage services.
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1770 NE Fuson Rd

Bremerton, WA 98311

Garage Door Repair Bremerton

Tags: Garage doors

(360) 818-9059

Last Updated:
March 22nd, 2016

The best professionals in Washington work at Garage Door Repair Bremerton! They are specialists in overhead and roll up garage doors installation and routine service, and offer meticulous emergency repair fast.
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5050 Washington 303

Bremerton, WA 98311

Bremerton Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(206) 407-3563

Last Updated:
August 20th, 2014

Bremerton Locksmith offers every locksmith solution, from lock picking through key duplication to commercial security systems all over Bremerton, WA. Find Lock & Key products, home security systems, safes and alarm systems. We offer 24/7 emergency se...
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322 Warren Ave

Bremerton, WA 98337


How to Hire a Contractor in Bremerton WA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Bremerton 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 Bremerton 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 Bremerton 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 Bremerton WA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Bremerton 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 Bremerton 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 Bremerton WA

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