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Sentry Gates West

Tags: gates , iron gates , driveway gates

(832) 271-1761

Last Updated:
July 27th, 2017

Gate & gate opener pros. BBB A+ Rated most trusted local and insured gate & gate repair company Sentry Gates West. Service, install, and repair gates and gate openers.
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3733 Westheimer Rd. #1-40

Houston, TX 77027

Houston Roof Replacement Cost

Tags: roofing

(281) 336-0003

Last Updated:
July 24th, 2017

Houston Roof Replacement Cost is undoubtedly a roofer offering maintenance, installation in addition to replacement of virtually any type roof top, exterior siding, window, door, and radiant barriers in . References available. Call right now to learn...
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525 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East, #180 - C

Houston, TX 77060

ViperTech Mobile Pressure Wash

Tags: pressure wash

(832) 374-7235

Last Updated:
July 20th, 2017

ViperTech Mobile Pressure Wash, LLC is a Full Service Mobile Pressure Washing and Power Washing Company. We Serve Houston, Pearland, Sugarland and all of their respective Surrounding Communities. We are fully insured and our specialty is Residential ...
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13503 N Thorntree Dr APT 298

Houston, TX 77015

Mission Bend Precise Locksmith

Tags: locks

(832) 621-0064

Last Updated:
July 18th, 2017

Mission Bend Precise Locksmith proudly provides the residents in Mission Bend, TX with the automotive, residential and commercial locksmith services they can rely on to make sure that their property is always safe and secure. We want to provide quali...
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4034 Highway 6 S Suite 235

Houston, TX 77082

Travertine Pavers Houston

Tags: Travertine Tile

(281) 795-4829

Last Updated:
July 15th, 2017

We have travertine tile and travertine pavers and we serve the Houston area. The travertine tile and travertine pavers are typically used on pool decks because they are a nonslip surface and they are strong and they are cool to the touch.
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4315 Clark Rd

Houston, TX 77040

Garage Door Repair Houston, Texas

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(713) 481-8929

Last Updated:
July 15th, 2017

Houston TX Garage Doors offers top quality service for your garage door. We have been sought after for years for our fast and budget-friendly service in the Houston area. Our factory trained technicians are available for same day service or flexible ...
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1305 W. 11th Sreet, Ste 296

Houston, TX 77008

Road Runner Garage Door Repair Services Houston

Tags: Garage door repair Houston

(713) 473-8168

Last Updated:
July 12th, 2017

At any time of day or night, we help homeowners and businesses across the Dallas and Houston areas fix all types of garage door and garage door opener issues, including broken springs, broken chains, off-track doors, bent panels, lost remotes, and ma...
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2950 north loop west, Suite 500

Houston, TX 77092

Anchor Roofing Inc

Tags: houston roof repair

(713) 266-2777

Last Updated:
July 10th, 2017

Anchor Roofing Inc. is there for your roofing system and you. With almost 20 years of experience in the roofing business, we can offer you an optimal solution and the best possible service for anything your Houston, Texas roofing system may need....
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3511 Bering Dr.

Houston, TX 77057

Houston Demolition Services

Tags: demolition

(713) 999-6531

Last Updated:
July 5th, 2017

At Houston Demolition Services they care. Regardless of what size the building is, of the preference for deconstruction, or the size of the budget, Houston Demolition Services are the right demolition experts for your job. Commercial and residential ...
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5161 San Felipe St., Ste 32-1010

Houston, TX 77056

Preventive Pest Control - West Houston

Tags: Houston pest control

(713) 983-7997

Last Updated:
July 1st, 2017

At Preventive Pest Control we understand how pests in west Houston behave, what to anticipate before they become a problem, and what our next move should be to ensure pests do not overrun your home or business. West Houston is one of the most popular...
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10050 West Gulf Bank Road #214

Houston, TX 77040



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.