Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Escondido, CA

Shurlock Fence Co.

Tags: Residential Fence Installation

(760) 745-9494

Last Updated:
September 20th, 2018

Shurlock Fence Company offers unparalleled service and expert design skills for all your custom fencing needs throughout San Diego County. Family owned since 1970, we have served thousands of clients in Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Escondido, Encinitas, ...
Visit Shurlock Fence Co. Local Profile

10395 Stonehurst Dr.,

Escondido, CA 92026

Hidden Valley Backhoe & Trucking, Inc.

Tags: Demolition

(760) 802-7938

Last Updated:
September 19th, 2018

At Hidden Valley Backhoe & Trucking, Inc., we are dedicated to providing the highest quality excavation, grading and demolition services in San Diego County at fair and competitive prices. Our services include structural demolition, land clearing, gr...
Visit Hidden Valley Backhoe & Trucking, Inc. Local Profile

545 Clarence Lane

Escondido, CA 92029

Harbor BIO Cooking Oil Recycling & Grease Trap Cleaning

Tags: Grease Trap Cleaning

(888) 696-9906

Last Updated:
September 6th, 2018

"San Diego County has had one of the largest increase for food servicing establishment opening up within the last few years. The numbers of restaurants and commercial kitchen have sky rocketed in which is why city officials and or the public works d...
Visit Harbor BIO Cooking Oil Recycling & Grease Trap Cleaning Local Profile

1709 Doral Glen

Escondido, CA 92026

Baker Electric Home Energy

Tags: solar energy

(760) 546-6091

Last Updated:
May 13th, 2018

Baker Electric has been in Escondido since 1938. We value our involvement across SoCal cities, counties and neighborhoods; and we take an active role in home energy education and research to build a better tomorrow for the families of Southern Califo...
Visit Baker Electric Home Energy Local Profile

2140 Enterprise Street

Escondido, CA 92029

The Countertop Company

Tags: Bathroom Countertops

(760) 233-4955

Last Updated:
December 29th, 2017

Countertop Company of Escondido. We are a family owned and operated business specializing in granite, solid surface, quartz, soapstone and butcherblock applications. We have over 22 years of experience in servicing the Southern California countertop ...
Visit The Countertop Company Local Profile

140 Engel Street

Escondido, CA 92029

Atlas Air Conditioning & Heating

Tags: hvac companies Escondido

(760) 546-9054

Last Updated:
July 25th, 2017

Atlas Air Conditioning & Heating is your #1 source for all your HVAC needs! Professionals that take pride in their work, Atlas is committed to 100% satisfaction. So whether you need an air conditioner tune up, or a whole new heating system, Atlas can...
Visit Atlas Air Conditioning & Heating Local Profile

970 W Valley Parkway #1015

Escondido, CA 92025

Davis Stone Inc.

Tags: Fabrication & installation of natural stone surfaces

(760) 745-7881

Last Updated:
July 19th, 2017

Davis Stone, Inc., is an established leader in the fabrication & installation of natural stone surfaces. We serve Southern California including San Diego, South Orange County, Riverside, Palm Springs and Borrego Springs. We hope you enjoy our web sit...
Visit Davis Stone Inc. Local Profile

519 Venture St

Escondido, CA 92029

Davis Stone

Tags: Davis Stone

(760) 745-7881

Last Updated:
April 15th, 2017

Davis Stone, Inc., is an established leader in the fabrication & installation of natural stone surfaces. We serve Southern California including San Diego, South Orange County, Riverside, Palm Springs. Davis Stone, Inc., is an established leader in...
Visit Davis Stone Local Profile

519 Venture St

Escondido, CA 92029

Local Escondido Door Experts

Tags: Top Garage Door Repair Escondido

(662) 333-3089

Last Updated:
January 6th, 2017

Local Escondido Door Experts provides repair, emergency service, steel garage doors, wood garage doors, and garage door openers for your home. We provide residential & industrial garage door & motor install & repair services with highly trained exper...
Visit Local Escondido Door Experts Local Profile

1238 N Midway Dr

Escondido, CA 92027

Expert Escondido Garage Door Services

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(925) 819-5455

Last Updated:
December 28th, 2016

Expert Escondido Garage Door Services is a repair and Installation Company serving Escondido with experts to work for you with high training for working on any kind of garage door. We are dedicated in providing 100% client satisfaction; alongside pro...
Visit Expert Escondido Garage Door Services Local Profile

201 N Upas St

Escondido, CA 92025

How to Hire a Contractor in Escondido CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Escondido 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 Escondido 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 Escondido 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 Escondido CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best Escondido 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 Escondido 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 Escondido CA

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