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Local business listings for Houston, TX

Creative Blinds

Tags: Blind

(281) 763-2526

Last Updated:
September 19th, 2017

Creative blinds has been providing the highest quality custom window treatments in Friendswood Tx. Visit our website to view our products and services.
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5808 Kirby

Houston, TX 77005

ET Pressure Washing & Window Cleaning

Tags: window cleaning service

(281) 885-8760

Last Updated:
September 15th, 2017

We offer professional pressure washing service and window cleaning service in Houston TX, Harris county Texas.
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11603 Turtle Lake Dr

Houston, TX 77064

EMA Structurla Forensic Engineers

Tags: Structural Engineers

(832) 548-3972

Last Updated:
September 5th, 2017

We offer structural engineering, forensic engineering services, flood damage inspections & assessments, hurricane damage inspections, foundation damage inspections houston, building damage assessments structural engineering assessments , building dam...
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12347 Newbrook Drive

Houston, TX 77072

Green Thumb Landscaping & Design

Tags: Outdoor kitchens

(713) 401-9426

Last Updated:
September 1st, 2017

Houston Landscape and Design Professionals. Offer complete design and build services from Outdoor Kitchens, Patios, Decks, Firepits to Water Fountains.
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14103 River Forest Dr

Houston, TX 77079

Studio Red Architects

Tags: Architects

(713) 622-5333

Last Updated:
August 23rd, 2017

Studio RED Architects creates resourceful, inspired, boundless designs that are multifaceted to create inspiration and functionality through out every service offered.
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1320 McGowen St

Houston, TX 77004

Barefoot Mosquito Control System

Tags: mosquito control

(713) 554-9430

Last Updated:
August 18th, 2017

Barefoot Mosquito Control System is one of the most trusted mosquito control companies in the greater Houston, Texas area. Barefoot’s effective mosquito repellent system for your yard will help keep mosquitoes away and allow you to enjoy being outdoo...
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10206 Sand Pass Ln

Houston, TX 77064

Houston Concrete Staining

Tags: epoxy flooring

(281) 701-3245

Last Updated:
August 10th, 2017

At Houston Concrete Staining, we provide homeowners and commercial properties owners the best resurfacing options for your tired outdated old concrete. Whether you are looking to refinish your ugly concrete patio, driveway, walkway or pool deck, we a...
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14173 Northwest Freeway, Suite 217

Houston, TX 77040

Houston Concrete Company

Tags: concrete contractor

(713) 352-1833

Last Updated:
August 3rd, 2017

Houston's Leading Concrete Contractor for both commercial and residential projects. Locally owned and operated and fully licensed, bonded and insured. No project too big or small. Call today!
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1001 Texas Ave,Suite 14C

Houston, TX 77002

Decorating Den Interiors - Gretchen Reed

Tags: Interior Design

(832) 243-4797

Last Updated:
August 2nd, 2017

Decorating Den Interiors - Gretchen Reed is proud to serve the Memorial and Houston areas. We are Memorial and Houston area's premier in-home decorating service, contact us today!
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14347 Chadbourne Drive http://gretchen.decoratingden.com/

Houston, TX 77079

Infinite Custom Patios

Tags: Construction

(832) 753-3754

Last Updated:
August 3rd, 2017

We specialize design solutions for outdoor living, patio covers, outdoor kitchens, screened porches and patios, room additions, pergolas and decks, and outdoor fireplaces. Infinite Custom Patios is family-owned and opened our doors in 2009. Our serv...
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3730 Kirby Dr. #1175

Houston, TX 77098



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.