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Locksmith La Crescenta

Tags: locksmith service

(818) 661-1167

Last Updated:
July 6th, 2016

La Crescenta locksmith provider does safe installation and security door locks. Affordable office locksmith service rates. Reliable locksmith in California.
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3075 Foothill Blvd #805

La Crescenta, CA 91214

Succulents Forever

Tags: landscaping centerpieces

(818) 797-4670

Last Updated:
June 15th, 2016

Welcome to Succulents Forever your # 1 source for drought landscaping and drought tolerant succulent plants. Do you need drought tolerant landscaping or a simple makeover? Not only would you be increasing your property value, but you will be adding...
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La Crescenta, CA 91214

Carpet Cleaning La Crescenta

Tags: carpet cleaning

(818) 661-1624

Last Updated:
November 5th, 2015

Carpet maintenance service in La Crescenta, California. Handles Oriental rugs, Persian rugs, and all rug types. Deals with tiles and air purification as well.
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3075 Foothill Blvd #937

La crescenta, CA 91214

Garage Door Repair La Crescenta

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(818) 922-0752

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2015

It provides same day emergency repair, is a specialist in openers and their repairs, excels in garage door replacement and installation, and offers honest solutions. Garage Door Repair La Crescenta is the best in California.
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3075 Foothill Blvd #937

La Crescenta, CA 91214

Right Aid Plumbing

Tags: Plumber Van Nuys , Burbank Plumber , Plumbing Glendale CA

(818) 334-9399

Last Updated:
June 9th, 2013

Right Aid Plumbing Service guarantees labor and materials for two years. This is double the usual plumbing industry guarantee of one year. We are licensed and insured with over 4,000 service calls completed, and we stand behind all of our work 100%. ...
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2708 Foothill Blvd Unit 223

La Crescenta, CA 91214


How to Hire a Contractor in La Crescenta CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in La Crescenta CA 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 La Crescenta 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 La Crescenta CA

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 La Crescenta CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or La Crescenta 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 La Crescenta CA

Accidents happen to even the best La Crescenta 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 La Crescenta 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 La Crescenta CA

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