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Local business listings for Kirkland, WA

Kirkland Water Heater Company

Tags: water heaters

(425) 287-5913

Last Updated:
March 29th, 2018

Kirkland Water Heater Company is a full service plumbing company specializing in water heater repair and replacement, call us today for a free quote.
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11427 NE 117th St

Kirkland, WA 98034

Zip Locksmith

Tags: Locksmith Kirkland

(425) 333-7336

Last Updated:
March 9th, 2018

Kirkland Locksmith professionals have the latest cutting edge technology to resolve all of your lockout and key replacement problems. We are an affordable and reliable service, with experienced locksmiths who are trained in the latest security standa...
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11438 NE 124th St

Kirkland, WA 98034

OutToday Plumbing Heating & Electrical

Tags: kirkland plumber

(425) 354-3002

Last Updated:
November 2nd, 2017

Thank you for visiting OutToday Plumbing, Heating & Electrical. Located in Kirkland, we serve the Kirkland area with electrical, plumbing or HVAC service and repair. You’ll find that OutToday Plumbing, Heating & Electrical can service all of your hom...
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11044 111th Ave NE

Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland Garage Door Repair

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(425) 533-0844

Last Updated:
October 19th, 2016

Kirkland Garage Door Repair reach you in 20 minutes to solve your problem with best experts to serve you. We can fix 99% of all garage door problems at a time that is convenient for you in Kirkland.
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104 8th Avenue

Kirkland, WA 98033

Genesis Garage Door Repair

Tags: garage doors , garage door opener , garage door springs

(425) 979-7098

Last Updated:
October 19th, 2016

Genesis Garage Door Repair is a locally family owned and operated business that is proudly serving the Kirkland - Seattle area providing superior garage door repair. We handpick our garage door service technicians based on their ability to get the...
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8512 122nd Ave NE #180

Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland Carpet Cleaning

Tags: carpet cleaning

(425) 310-4158

Last Updated:
August 21st, 2016

Tired of stained, smelly, down right dirty carpets and furniture? We are too! Leave the hard work to KIRKLAND's Best Carpet Cleaning Services to safely and effectively remove everything but the carpet from your carpet. We take pride in our affordabl...
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8512 122nd ave NE #44

Kirkland, WA 98033

Apex Steel

Tags: commercial construction

(425) 861-9520

Last Updated:
July 21st, 2016

Apex Steel, Inc. is a full service steel company providing supply and install of rebar, structural, miscellaneous, crane, hoist and PEMB on large commercial and industrial jobs. We've been serving the western United States for over 20 years.
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935 Kirkland Ave

Kirkland, WA 98033

Croach

Tags: pest control

(425) 202-7890

Last Updated:
January 9th, 2018

Croach provides home pest control and rodent removal promptly, courteously and effectively. The safety and protection of your home, family and pets is our highest priority. Your experienced technician will perform a thorough inspection, explain the r...
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12919 NE 126th Pl Ste B

Kirkland, WA 98034

Rain City Maids

Tags: house cleaning Kirkland

(425) 678-3739

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2016

Rain City Maids is Kirkland WA's premier maid and cleaning service. We serve the entire Seattle area with the best maid service available.
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218 Main St Ste 240

Kirkland, WA 98033

A Unique Dry Carpet Service

Tags: Green carpet cleaning

(425) 829-7291

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2016

We clean your carpets with a non-toxic, chemical free, corn-based product which conserves water and energy. Our product is biodegradable and reduces waste once cleaning is complete. 100% Green! Endorsed by all major carpet manufacturers. We use pa...
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Green carpet cleaning

Kirkland, WA 98033



How to Hire a Contractor in Kirkland WA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Kirkland WA 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 Kirkland 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 Kirkland WA

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 Kirkland WA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a WA or Kirkland 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 Kirkland WA

Accidents happen to even the best Kirkland 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 Kirkland 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 Kirkland WA

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