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Local business listings for El Cajon, CA

Creative Carpet Repair San Diego

Tags: Carpet Repair in San Diego

(619) 785-3183

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2018

Phone us at 619) 785-3183 for Expert Carpet Repair Services, Carpet Stretching, Carpet Patching, Carpet Dyeing, Berber Carpet Repair, Carpet Burn Repair
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1064 Aster Ave

El Cajon, CA 92020

Perry Construction

Tags: Home Remodeling

(619) 368-1293

Last Updated:
January 18th, 2018

When it comes to hiring a general contracting company you can trust, Perry Construction is your one-stop-shop for all of your home improvement needs. With over 28 years of experience in our field, we’ve gained the hands-on experience and knowledge ne...
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620 oakwood way

El Cajon, CA 92021

Joyce San Diego Plumbing

Tags: 24 hour plumber san diego

(619) 461-1340

Last Updated:
October 30th, 2017

Welcome to Joyce San Diego Plumbing where we are ready to roll our trucks at a moments notice to provide Red Carpet Service at YOUR convenience. Family Owned & Operated Since 2001. John and Mary, the owners take enormous pride in honest, reliable and...
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9898 Bridon Rd

El Cajon, CA 92021

Carpet Cleaning El Cajon

Tags: carpet cleaning

(619) 383-1490

Last Updated:
September 16th, 2017

Carpet Cleaning El Cajon provides multiple services like residential and commercial carpet cleaning services, tile and grout cleaning, pet stain and order removal, and upholstery cleaning in El Cajon, California and the whole East County.
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638 El Cajon Blvd #1

El Cajon, CA 92020

Pool Cleaners El Cajon

Tags: pool cleaners

(619) 955-1318

Last Updated:
August 1st, 2017

Pool Cleaners El Cajon is here to offer high quality Pool Service and Repair to the San Diego area. Our superior Pool Maintenance will keep your Swimming Pool clean and in good repair for years to come. Your Swimming Pool is an asset and you should i...
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1493 Lily Ave

El Cajon, CA 92021

Creative Carpet Repair San Diego

Tags: Carpet Repair San Diego

(619) 785-3183

Last Updated:
June 24th, 2017

You contact us with request of carpet repair. We set up an appointment with you and make sure Creative Carpet Repair expert takes care of you. You pay Creative Carpet Repair and we back our work up with a 100% Unlimited Unconditional Lifetime Labor G...
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1064 Aster Ave

El Cajon, CA 92020

Evergreen Nursery

Tags: Nurseries & Gardening Store

(619) 443-0873

Last Updated:
May 7th, 2017

Evergreen Nursery is San Diego's largest wholesale nursery open to the public.
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9708 Flinn Springs Road

El Cajon, CA 92021

Airmaxx Heating and Air Conditioning

Tags: Heating and Air Conditioning

(619) 655-3010

Last Updated:
November 5th, 2016

We are San Diego’s ‘home town’ full service heating and air conditioning company. For many years, we have established a tradition of excellence in San Diego, providing quality heating and AC service at reasonable rates to our neighbors in San Diego c...
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1865 John Towers Ave, Ste B

El Cajon, CA 92020

R. T. Tatlock Concrete Construction

Tags: El Cajon Concrete Driveway

(619) 447-1497

Last Updated:
October 21st, 2016

R.T. Tatlock Concrete Construction Company is a locally owned and operated company. We specialize in concrete flatwork for driveways, sidewalks, and patios. With over 30 years of experience, Ray Tatlock, owner and operator, will be on site for every ...
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1136 Broadway Ste 6A

El Cajon, CA 92021

El Cajon Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith

(619) 407-7243

Last Updated:
September 8th, 2016

you having an inconvenient situation with security products in your apartment, office or vehicle? The moment you experience a problem related to your lock or overall security of your property, you should contact us at Locksmith El Cajon. All members ...
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110 W Renette Ave

El Cajon, CA 92020



How to Hire a Contractor in El Cajon CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in El Cajon 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 El Cajon 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 El Cajon 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 El Cajon CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best El Cajon 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 El Cajon 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 El Cajon CA

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