Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Costa Mesa, CA

Spa-Tech Spa Repair

Tags: spa cover supplier

(714) 979-7727

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Spa-Tech Spa Repair is a trusted source for expert, competitively priced spa and hot-tub repair services in Orange County. We have over 25 years of experience in repairing above-ground and portable spas and hot tubs. Our factory-trained and certified...
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3464 Windsor Ct

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Progreen Termite

Tags: Pest Control

(714) 942-1125

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We offer termite control solutions for your home. We work with all types of termite species from drywood to subterranean termites. Even if there is termite damage we can fix it!
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3595 Cadillac Ave #110

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

HD Buttercup

Tags: furniture los angeles

(657) 218-7100

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

furniture store
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Appliance Repair Costa Mesa

Tags: appliances repair

(949) 309-3499

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Here at Appliance Repair Costa Mesa, we can provide you the right answer for your home appliance service needs. Our technicians are able to provide each customer efficient washer & dryer service, routine maintenance or any other service they might ne...
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1904 Harbor Blvd

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Squeegee Pro

Tags: Window cleaning , Pressure Cleaning , window washing

(949) 250-1340

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Squeegee Pro is providing quality Cleaning service for window and gutter in Orange county and nearby areas. Call us today for a classic professional work.
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3001 Red Hill Ave

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Vivint Solar

Tags: solar , solar panels , solar companies

(714) 824-4539

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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150 Paularino Ave Suite D174

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

KE Design Studio

Tags: Home Remodeling costa mesa

(714) 377-4010

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Home designers.
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3323 Hyland Ave Suite G1

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Fresh Coat of Newport Beach

Tags: Painting

(866) 966-8586

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

From house painting, to deck staining, to wallpaper removal, Fresh Coat of Newport Beach offers a wide range of painting and painting-related services. Your team of professional painters will approach every job with service in mind, working every pro...
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1835 Newport Blvd., Ste. A109 PMB 558

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

All Pro Solar

Tags: All Pro Solar

(949) 220-2576

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Costa Mesa residents all agree that All Pro Solar is the best solar power company. They offer solar panel installation, batteries and more.
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1503 South Coast Dr

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Alarm System Tips

Tags: Alarm Systems

(888) 327-5785

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Alarm System Tips is Devoted to providing tips and tricks to help both businesses and consumers stay safe.
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1503 South Coast Dr suite 323

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

How to Hire a Contractor in Costa Mesa CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa CA

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