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Local business listings for Lake Forest, CA

Appliance Repair Lake Forest

Tags: appliance repair service

(949) 309-3211

Last Updated:
May 10th, 2018

Our home appliance repair services are carefully and well-thought to ensure that you would be enjoying the best returns ever. With our technical competence and skilled workers, you can be sure of your satisfaction as we know how to effectively handle...
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22365 El Toro Rd

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Orange County Best Painters

Tags: house painters

(949) 484-4568

Last Updated:
December 3rd, 2017

Orange County Best Painters - interior, exterior, residential, commercial - condominium associations, HOA's, property managers - best prices - best reviews. Call now!
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25422 Trabuco Rd Ste 105-470

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Orange County Best Tree Care

Tags: tree removal

(949) 829-4848

Last Updated:
December 3rd, 2017

Orange County Best Tree Care - residential and commercial - property managers, HOA's.apartments, schools - tree removal tree trimming tree pruning stump grinding emergency tree services tree diseases - call now for great prices and great reviews...
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25422 Trabuco Rd Ste 105-470

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Lake Forest Garage Door Repair

Tags: Lake Forest Garage Door Repair

(949) 284-0037

Last Updated:
October 17th, 2016

We are Lake Forest Garage Door Repair providing service and installation in Lake Forest area; we have highly trained experts who have gone through best training program. Our native technicians will facilitate get that garage door opener fastened in n...
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21823 Zuni Drive

Lake Forest, CA 92630

9349

Tags: electrician

(949) 291-5630

Last Updated:
September 15th, 2016

DORN ELECTRIC Specializes in panel upgrades and panel change outs, solar installation. Electrician home inspections, re-wires, custom and recessed lighting, ceiling fans, cabinet lights. Solar installation is offered now.
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23615 El Toro Rd

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Huntington Beach Landscaping

Tags: lawn care

(714) 701-6868

Last Updated:
August 23rd, 2016

Huntington Beach Landscaping where professional meets quality! We can handle handle all types of projects from commercial to residential. Count on us go get the job safely and professionally done! We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our ...
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25422 Trabuco Rd. Suite 105-181

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Orange County Plumbing

Tags: Orange County Plumbing

(949) 234-7345

Last Updated:
August 19th, 2016

Orange County Plumbing prides on providing quality service for the best prices in Orange County. We always respect your home, and with more than 30 years in business and countless happy customers in the Orange County area.
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21451 Vintage Way

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Garage Door Repair Lake Forest

Tags: Garage Door Repair Lake Forest

(949) 430-7857

Last Updated:
July 26th, 2016

Garage Door Repair Lake Forest in your local area with garage door repairs, garage door openers, and new garage doors. Services like residential and commercial with wide range of category to serve with best price in town.
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22848 Costa Bella Dr

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Carpet Cleaning Lake Forest

Tags: Carpet Cleaning

(949) 456-8690

Last Updated:
July 13th, 2016

Specializing in water damage restoration, water damage repair and carpet cleaning services. The company in Lake Forest, California provides the best carpet cleaning services in town.
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22021 Rimhurst Dr #821

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Lake Forest Water Damage Restoration

Tags: Lake Forest Water Damage Restoration

(888) 959-1051

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2016

Welcome to Lake Forest Water Damage Restoration , locally owned and operated restoration company. Our office located at 23161 Lake Center Dr #218 Lake Forest CA 92630 (Across the street from the Best Western Hotel). Our team specialize in water and f...
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23161 Lake Center Dr #218

Lake Forest, CA 92630



How to Hire a Contractor in Lake Forest CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest CA

Accidents happen to even the best Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest CA

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