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Local business listings for Houston, TX

Geek Window Cleaning

Tags: window cleaning , window washing , window cleaning houston

(713) 581-4963

Last Updated:
February 22nd, 2018

Geek Window Cleaning specializes in residential window cleaning and pressure washing for homes up to 4 stories high. Whether you are wanting a complete interior/exterior cleaning of the windows or looking to have just the exterior done Geek Window Cl...
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2111 Woodhead

Houston, TX 77019

B&C HVAC and Construction Services

Tags: AC Repair

(832) 693-8600

Last Updated:
February 21st, 2018

B&C HVAC and Construction Services is a professional team of fully licensed technicians that are involved in offering construction services and AC repair and maintenance in Houston, TX.
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3418 State Hwy 6 South Ste B-326 Houston, TX 77082

Houston, TX 77082

First Choice Garage Doors

Tags: garage door repair

(832) 463-5835

Last Updated:
February 21st, 2018

First Choice Garage Doors is here to be your complete solution for garage door repair & installation. No matter what issue you may be experiencing with your garage door, we service all makes & models to get you back up and running in no time. We'll l...
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1909 Morgan St

Houston, TX 77006

Torres B Fencing & Services

Tags: Chain Link Fence Houston , Commercial Fencing , Fence Repair

(281) 810-6368

Last Updated:
February 19th, 2018

Our highly sought after fence company is widely known throughout Houston as the trusted fence contractor for the installation and repair of commercial chain link fence and gates to secure businesses properties and assets. Quality service and material...
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13377 Natash Ln

Houston, TX 77015

24 Hour Locksmith Mission Bend

Tags: keyless remote

(713) 554-3567

Last Updated:
February 10th, 2018

"Need a hand with a tricky or difficult lock or security product repair? 24 Hour Locksmith Mission Bend in Mission Bend, Texas is here to help out in order to deliver all of the repairs, installations, replacements and upgrades that you need from a l...
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15770 Bellaire Blvd

Houston, TX 77083

Five Star Garage Door Repair

Tags: garage door repair

(832) 956-1827

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2018

Five Star Garage Doors was founded to create a new high standard for the home services industry. Our garage door repair & installation technicians are committed to serving you with trust, respect and quality. Call our team today for a fresh solutio...
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3545 CYPRESS CREEK PARKWAY,STE 115

HOUSTON, TX 77068

TemperaturePro of Houston NW

Tags: ac-service-Houston-TX

(281) 310-5970

Last Updated:
February 6th, 2018

From air conditioners to furnaces to air cleaners and other indoor air quality products, every home depends on HVAC systems throughout the year. At TemperaturePro, we’re proud to be your local heating and AC Service experts, we have the tools and exp...
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10690 Shadow Wood Drive Suite 103

Houston, TX 77043

Vaughn Roofing Systems

Tags: Rain gutter cleaning

(281) 220-6879

Last Updated:
January 24th, 2018

At Vaughn Roofing Systems, we only ever use the best quality of products – products that come with a limited lifetime warranty. The products that we use for roof installation and repair in Texas include a lineup of top brands such as Tamako, GAF, M...
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5111 W Oak Mews

Houston, TX 77056

Garage Door Repair Service Houston

Tags: garage doors

(713) 730-2936

Last Updated:
January 22nd, 2018

Our technicians at Garage Door Repair Service Houston have worked on several types of garage door repair situations. We focus on repairing residential garage doors, door openers and garage door remotes. Since we started our business, we have served t...
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9866 Sageroyal Lane

Houston, TX 77089

Houston Hood Cleaning - Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners

Tags: Pressure Washing

(832) 900-2454

Last Updated:
January 21st, 2018

Hood Cleaning Service Houston Owning a restaurant or managing a commercial kitchen comes with a lot of responsibilities. Your first priority should always be the safety of everyone in your establishment. You make sure of this when you serve food and...
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521 Lovett Blvd

Houston, TX 77006



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.