Contractor Directory

Local business listings for San Diego, CA

Monster Steamer San Diego

Tags: Carpet Cleaning San Diego , Monster Steamer San Diego

(619) 201-9480

Last Updated:
May 9th, 2019

As soon as it comes to professional carpet cleaning, Monster Steamer in San Diego is the name to trust. From removing stains to deodorizing, we have your needs covered. We understand that your carpet is a major investment whether in your home or y...
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3780 Swift Ave #15

San Diego, CA 92104

San Diego Foundation Repair

Tags: foundation repair

(619) 304-5382

Last Updated:
February 13th, 2019

If you are looking for a well-qualified foundation repair company in San Diego County we are your top choice for the job. With many years of experience, we have work with single family homes and commercial building. We also partner up with real estat...
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4258 37th St #6

San Diego, CA 92105

The Painting Company San Diego

Tags: residential painting company , commercial painting services , local san diego painting

(619) 937-2468

Last Updated:
January 9th, 2019

At The Painting Company, we're a local company proudly based in San Diego, California, and happy to offer our painting services to both residential and commercial customers. Whether you need a few rooms painted inside your house or a new color on the...
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9835 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #106

San Diego, CA 92126


Tags: Frame Shop

(858) 689-6800

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Artware is a full service frame shop located in San Diego. We have been providing art and framing for individuals, galleries, designers, artists and collectors since 2004. We use the newest technology in picture framing to provide you with the highes...
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8274 Miramar Road

San Diego, CA 92126

Water Mold Fire Restoration of San Diego

Tags: Water Damage San Diego

(619) 905-5393

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Water Mold Fire Restoration of San Diego is a top tier restoration company with a lengthy track record of restoring homes and businesses to their proper condition, across the greater San Diego area and surrounding communities. Water damage restoratio...
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1510 3rd Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

OCP Bee Removal San Diego CA - Bee Exterminator

Tags: bee exterminator san diego

(619) 547-0049

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

Our professional pre screened local termite exterminators in San Diego have minimum 7 years of experience in providing homes and businesses with reliable termite inspection and termite control in San Diego. OCP Bee Removal San Diego CA - Bee Extermin...
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2484 G St

San Diego, CA 92101

Electric Car Charging Installation San Diego

Tags: electric car charging station san diego

(619) 373-0234

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

We are an electric car charging station installation company.
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1848 Doran Street

San Diego, CA 92154

Edison Home Improvement

Tags: San Diego Home Remodel

(619) 569-0566

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

For the last 10 years, Edison Home Improvement has been an industry pioneer in the San Diego home remodel industry and we continue to lead and innovate through our unique ability to create The Designed interior and Exterior.
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2523 Old Quarry Rd unit 1614

San Diego, CA 92108

Edward Dean Design & Build

Tags: San Diego Remodeling

(858) 245-7562

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

From bathroom and kitchen remodels to new home builds, Edward Dean Design and Build has the staff, experience, and tools to turn your vision of beauty into reality. We proudly offer our residential contractor services to San Diego, La Jolla, and the ...
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3435 Dumas St

San Diego, CA 92106

San Diego Home Remodeling

Tags: San Diego Home Remodeling

(619) 206-7590

Last Updated:
November 30th, 2018

San Diego Home Remodeling, specializing in home remodeling, home repairs, maintenance services, and commercial improvements. 30 Years of satisfied customers agree. Here, your future bath or kitchen and your budget are our priorities.
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8608 Villa La Jolla Dr. La Jolla San Diego, California 92037 USA

San Diego, CA 92037

How to Hire a Contractor in San Diego CA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego CA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a CA or San Diego 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 San Diego CA

Accidents happen to even the best San Diego 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 San Diego 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.


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 San Diego CA

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