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Polished Concrete Houston Texas

Tags: Polished Concrete Houston Texas

(713) 766-0674

Last Updated:
October 17th, 2018

Polished concrete has a lot to offer. A stained polished concrete floor can blend seamlessly with your decor, make your home feel clean and open, and withstand all types of abuse, even pets and moisture. A polished concrete floor can be rustic and co...
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Houston, TX 77012

Appliance Repair West University Place

Tags: appliance repair service

(832) 324-3867

Last Updated:
October 7th, 2018

We never settle for anything less than the best appliance repair services in the industry. Our technical prowess allows us to get things done no matter the brand or model of your malfunctioning home appliances. We handle washers, dryers, microwave ov...
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5310 Kirby Dr Suite 209

Houston, TX 77005

Bathtub & Tile Refinishing Houston

Tags: Bathroom Cabinets

(832) 527-9647

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2018

At Bathtub and Tile Refinishing Houston, we carry a huge selection of Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchen Counters, Cabinet Refinishing, Kitchen Tile, Kitchen Sinks and more. Shop modern Bathroom Vanities, Bathroom Cabinets, Bathroom Tile, Bathtubs and accesso...
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4407 Hull St

Houston, TX 77021

Wikilawn

Tags: houston lawn care

(832) 418-0167

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2018

Wikilawn is a leading resource on lawn care and landscaping. Pulling from academic and industry knowledge, Wikilawn strives to provide tailored lawn care and landscaping guides for each U.S. city and suburb. Wikilawn covers everything from seasonal l...
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2500 Yale St B

Houston, TX 77008

Appliance Repair Mission Bend TX

Tags: appliances repair

(832) 415-0049

Last Updated:
September 30th, 2018

Our passionate home appliance repair service professionals see to it that your household appliances would always be working properly. We take charge of your concerns in an industry approved manner. We handle different concerns related to your washers...
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15530 Mira Monte Dr

Houston, TX 77083

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Houston Lawn Care

(832) 981-4636

Last Updated:
September 28th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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1126 Daria Dr.

Houston, TX 77079

Fast Air Duct Cleaning Houston TX

Tags: Air duct cleaning houston tx

(281) 573-0808

Last Updated:
September 27th, 2018

Whether you are looking for newest garage door or professional garage door service such as garage door repair, garage door installation and replacement, fix broken cables, panel & rollers & springs replacement, our expert team at Houston Garage Door ...
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9730 Hillcroft St #541.

Houston, TX 77096

AHM Furniture Service

Tags: repair wood furniture

(832) 904-4960

Last Updated:
September 24th, 2018

Here at AHM Furniture, we repair every piece of furniture with the utmost care, restoring its beauty and durability with quality craftsmanship. Our dedication to outstanding service has made us one of the most trusted furniture repair and restoration...
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10825 Barely Lane Suite N

Houston, TX 77070

Aladdin Garage Doors Houston

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(281) 252-3346

Last Updated:
September 21st, 2018

Aladdin Garage Doors Houston offers a large selection of reliable garage doors and openers. Our services include garage door, opener & spring repair and installation.
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1029 Hwy 6 North Suite 650-186

Houston, TX 77079

Drane Ranger

Tags: Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning

(281) 489-1765

Last Updated:
September 19th, 2018

Drane Ranger offers septic tank cleaning, grease trap, lift station cleaning, vacuum truck services, etc. in Houston, Pearland, Alvin, and Sugar Land. For more info, visit us at http://draneranger.com/ & http://draneranger.com/services/.
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13911 India St

Houston, TX 77047



How to Hire a Contractor in Houston TX You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston TX

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

Accidents happen to even the best Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston TX

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