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Oz Garage Doors and Gates

Tags: electric gate repair , Garage Door , electric gate repair

(424) 512-1212

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

Oz garage doors and gates repair has been serving the Los Angeles area for years and has come across all types of gate repair issues. We have been able to work through all situations with the most care and consideration for residential and commercia...
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1141 Seward st, #100c

Los Angeles, CA 90038

CP & Sons Tree Service, Inc.

Tags: Beverly Hills Tree Trimming Service

(310) 306-4439

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

CP and Sons Tree Service has been a part of the Los Angeles community for over 30 years. We are proud to contribute to the beautification and maintenance of our great city. Our family-owned tree cutting service has its roots in Los Angeles; this is w...
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10586 W. Pico Blvd #252

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Grow Tent Reviews

Tags: Buying Guides

(597) 851-5941

Last Updated:
May 24th, 2018

Consumer choice is undoubtedly a splendid thing. As is the internet for product research. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there is a crowded market-place out there for indoor stealth grow boxes. Likewise, a near online avalanche of informa...
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Los Angeles, CA 90017

Appliance Repair Venice

Tags: appliance repair service

(310) 237-5442

Last Updated:
May 20th, 2018

We at Appliance Repair Venice, offer first-rate appliances repair to make your defective appliance function well again. Our accurate and speedy repairs will get rid of the inconvenience of having a broken unit. From ovens to electric stoves, ice make...
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Pacific Promenade #450

Los Angeles, CA 90094

One Shine Cleaning Services

Tags: Maid Services

(424) 501-4167

Last Updated:
May 16th, 2018

One Shine Cleaning Services has been providing professional cleaning services for over a decade. Our professional maid operations are swift, friendly, and systematic. We deliver to both our residential and commercial clients as well as a couple of in...
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10963 South Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90061

Husky Movers Los Angeles

Tags: moving company los angeles

(323) 413-5526

Last Updated:
May 15th, 2018

Husky Movers Los Angeles is dedicated to the communities that we serve. We believe in giving back; that is why we have several programs that highlight our community involvement. Our moving service started when one of our friends needed help moving to...
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1640 N Poinsettia Pl

Los Angeles, CA 90046

HD Buttercup

Tags: furniture los angeles

(310) 746-4970

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

furniture store
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333 SOUTH LA CIENEGA

LOS ANGELES, CA 90048

HD Buttercup

Tags: furniture los angeles

(213) 223-9800

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

furniture store
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2118 EAST 7TH STREET

LOS ANGELES, CA 90021

Los Angeles Garage Repair Expert

Tags: garage door repair Los Angeles Los Angeles garage door repair garage door Los Angeles Los Angeles garage door opener installation spring repair roll up gates

(626) 566-7162

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2018

There are plenty of places you can call for a Los Angeles garage door repair service. However, when you want a service that is certain to provide you with the service that you need, contact Los Angeles Garage Repair Expert. When you need any type of ...
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1230 Menlo Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90006

East Los Angeles Garage Repair Masters

Tags: garage door repair Los Angeles

(323) 503-1611

Last Updated:
May 4th, 2018

You can always count on the reliable and efficient services of East Los Angeles Garage Door Masters. When you need an East Los Angeles garage door repair service, there is no other service provider who will go the extra mile to ensure your satisfacti...
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202 N Kern Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90022



How to Hire a Contractor in Los Angeles CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles CA

Accidents happen to even the best Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles CA

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