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Local business listings for Carlsbad, CA

Drapery Land

Tags: window treatments

(760) 942-0871

Last Updated:
September 25th, 2018

Drapery Land is the best choice for competitively-priced, high quality blinds, shades, shutters and drapes in San Diego County. We have over 30 years of experience in designing, installing, and repairing custom window treatments of all kinds, from b...
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1938 Kellogg Ave. Suite 14

Carlsbad, CA 92008

North County Flooing

Tags: North County flooring

(760) 205-2699

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

North County Flooring provides top rated, professional flooring installation, repair and demolition for all types of flooring in Carlsbad, California and the surrounding areas.
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3252 Avenida La Cima

Carlsbad, CA 92009

AC Doctors.TV

Tags: Hvac

(760) 556-9335

Last Updated:
November 19th, 2017

Here at AC Doctors.TV, we are your go-to HVAC service and installation company in the San Diego County, CA area. We are dedicated to providing our clients with quality work, at a budget-friendly price. Our team specializes in residential HVAC service...
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3577 Gorge Place

Carlsbad, CA 92010

Creative Mines

Tags: Exterior Design

(800) 453-7040

Last Updated:
August 21st, 2017

Creative Mines, LLC - Makers of the Finest Natural and Craft Masonry Stone Veneer for the Building Materials Industry. Quarried and Handcrafted in the USA.
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6102 Avenida Encinas Suite M

Carlsbad, CA 92011

My Solar Pro

Tags: Solar Carlsbad

(760) 203-3775

Last Updated:
August 12th, 2017

Want to add a solar power system to your home or office? If you are in Carlsbad, contact the solar pros at My Solar Pro.
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2131 Palomar Airport Rd

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Northwest Exteriors

Tags: Replacement Windows

(858) 536-4200

Last Updated:
August 10th, 2017

Replace older patio doors with new doors that also sport patio covers that make the outdoors a vital part of your interior. We have a great selection of entry doors, windows and even exterior siding. At Northwest Exteriors in San Diego, we want to he...
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5858 Dryden Place Suite 211

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Av Plumbing Carlsbad

Tags: Plumbing Plumber

(760) 933-6512

Last Updated:
April 17th, 2017

QUALITY PLUMBING SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON. We promise to:Service your plumbing, systems at your convenienceProvide financing for your installations, if neededWarranty our repairs for a 1-year periodI personally promise that we will provide you with ...
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2244 FARADAY AVE

Carlsbad, CA 92008

AC Water heater Carlsbad

Tags: Plumbing

(760) 933-1009

Last Updated:
April 17th, 2017

QUALITY PLUMBING SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON. We promise to: Service your plumbing, systems at your convenience, Provide financing for your installations, if needed, Warranty our repairs for a 1-year period, I personally promise that we will provide yo...
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2244 FARADAY AVE

Carlsbad, CA 92008

AC PLUMBING CONSTRUCTION INC

Tags: water heater installation Carlsbad

(760) 933-8854

Last Updated:
February 26th, 2017

QUALITY PLUMBING SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON. We promise to: Service your plumbing, systems at your convenience. Provide financing for your installations, if needed. Warranty our repairs for a 1-year period. Warranty our installations for a 2-year peri...
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2244 FARADAY AVE

Carlsbad, CA 92008

San Diego Pool Tile Cleaning

Tags: Swimming pool contractor

(760) 721-3037

Last Updated:
February 3rd, 2017

High pressure pool tile cleaning can damage grout, stone, and dislodge tiles. Our process is done with low pressure media blasting.
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4335 Yosemite St

Carlsbad, CA 92010



How to Hire a Contractor in Carlsbad CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad CA

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