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Easter Concrete

Tags: contractor

(210) 670-5293

Last Updated:
July 25th, 2017

Concrete company, based in San Antonio TX, that helps homeowners and business owners with their residential and commercial needs for concrete driveways, foundations, patio slabs, and more. Offering free design consultations, a fee quote is never too ...
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17320 Overo Overlook

Helotes, TX 78023

Garage Door Repair Helotes

Tags: Garage Door Repairs

(210) 762-4250

Last Updated:
October 9th, 2015

Garage Door Repair Helotes comes with a complete package for your garage door. Whether it be garage door installation/repair or it be garage door any part repair or installation, you can call us anytime at (210) 762-4250 as we are available 24hrs for...
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Helotes, TX

Helotes, TX 78023

We'll Deck You

Tags: metal roof supplies

(210) 298-2895

Last Updated:
August 21st, 2013

We are honored that you’d visit us and ask that you be sure to sign up for our newsletter. You never know when we will have a special on that particular deck type you’ve been needing for your project. We have become the popular price leader on VULCR...
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18593 Bandera Rd

Helotes, TX 78023

How to Hire a Contractor in Helotes TX You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Helotes TX 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 Helotes 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 Helotes TX

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 Helotes TX

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a TX or Helotes 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 Helotes TX

Accidents happen to even the best Helotes 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 Helotes 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 Helotes TX

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