Contractor Directory

Local business listings for San Diego, CA

LAVTY Cleaning

Tags: Cleaning service , Home Cleaning , Carpet Cleaning

(858) 925-9955

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2018

Our furniture cleaning services in San Diego are the best to be found. At Lavty Cleaning, no matter what your furniture is made of, we will get it as clean as it was on the day you first bought it. For a free quote, please give us a call at (858) 925...
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6525 Rancho Del Sol Way, suite 202

San Diego, CA 92130

Clean Grills Of San Diego

Tags: BBQ Cleaner

(619) 678-0515

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

We are a BBQ Grill cleaning company that specializes in grill restoration and parts.
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2448 Manzana Way

San Diego, CA 92139

Truline Painting, Inc

Tags: san diego painter , residential painter , commercial painter

(619) 663-5878

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2018

San Diego's premiere residential and commercial painting contractor.
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4569 Mission Gorge Pl Ste N

San Diego, CA 92120

King Remodeling SD

Tags: remodeling company san diego

(877) 292-7707

Last Updated:
May 12th, 2018

licensed insured and bonded home improvement company based in san diego.
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7950 Silverton ave suite 206

San Diego, CA 92126

California Coast Builders, Inc.

Tags: San Diego General Contractor

(858) 750-2777

Last Updated:
May 11th, 2018

California Coast Builders, Inc. is a San Diego Full-service B General Contractor specializing in Solar Installation, Remodeling, Windows, and COOLWALL®.
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2204 Garnet Ave. #204

San Diego, CA 92109

CLD Electric

Tags: san diego electrician

(619) 638-0228

Last Updated:
May 9th, 2018

Having trouble finding quality electrical contractors who are local to you? Look no further. Our company, CLD Electric in San Diego, CA services both local homeowners and businesses with the highest quality electrical services around. CLD Electric wa...
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5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92117

Asbestos USA

Tags: Asbestos Removal

(888) 221-9855

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2018

Asbestos USA is a locally owned and operated Asbestos Testing and Remediation Company. Following EPA Standards, we remove asbestos tile, vermiculate insulation and asbestos pipe wrap typically found on older furnaces. It is our mission to provide the...
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1958 Missouri Street

San Diego, CA 92109

Tulip Garage Door Repair San Diego

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(858) 432-3539

Last Updated:
April 27th, 2018

A garage door restore is often not a planned occurrence. Unless you have already established a relationship with a reputed garage door restore company in San Diego, you will face an uphill task when finding the best garage door mending company in the...
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3416 Adams Ave 3416 Adams Ave

San Diego, CA 92116

Almco Plumbing

Tags: plumbing service san diego

(858) 256-7979

Last Updated:
April 23rd, 2018

Almco Plumbing is dedicated to serving our customers with the highest quality of work and professionalism. Respect for your home and your time is our top priority. And we don’t just finish the work and leave, we are available via phone or text at a...
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San Diego Electrical Contractor

Tags: Electrician

(619) 483-3079

Last Updated:
February 15th, 2018

San Diego Electrical Contractor is your best electricians in the area. Local, Licensed, Hard working & Ethical. We provide LED retrofit lighting installation, repair and replacement upgrades. Troubleshooting commercial residential electric repairs, w...
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540 Mira Mesa Blvd Space C Unit 545c

San Diego, CA 92126

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.