Contractor Directory

Local business listings for San Diego, CA

ADS Automatic Door Specialists

Tags: Garage Door Repair Garage Door Installation Garage Door Replacement

(858) 450-0389

Last Updated:
November 14th, 2017

Your One-Stop Garage Door Store - Where You'll Find Anything and Everything For Garage Doors and Gates! ADS Automatic Door Specialists is San Diego County's premiere source of garage doors and entry gates. Whether custom designed or standard basic s...
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6837 Nancy Ridge Dr Suite I

San Diego, CA 92121

First Locksmith

Tags: San Diego Locksmith

(858) 754-8700

Last Updated:
November 9th, 2017

1stCity Locksmith is licensed, bonded and insured locksmith company. We provide 24 Hour Emergency Locksmith Services for residents and businesses in the United States of America. Our nationwide locksmith services.
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4204 Convoy St

San Diego, CA 92111

Commercial HVAC AC Heating Repair San Diego

Tags: Commercial HVAC services

(619) 419-2813

Last Updated:
August 31st, 2017

We are Commercial HVAC AC Heating Repair San Diego servicing the entire San Diego County. We maintain & Service Air Conditioning Units and installations.
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10630 Treena St #240

San Diego, CA 92131

Certified Restoration

Tags: flood damage san diego

(619) 234-2500

Last Updated:
August 23rd, 2017

Count on Certified Restoration for emergency home services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the day or time, Certified Restoration responds quickly following flood, mold, and fire damage.
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3275 Market St #102

San Diego, CA 92102

Garage Door and More

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(619) 330-6093

Last Updated:
August 21st, 2017

We are the company that is always ready to serve all your residential Garage Door needs from service, repair to new garage door openers, New Garage Doors. We pride ourselves on supplying great value and top quality service. Our customers trust is rea...
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San Diego, CA 92154

Apollo Air Conditioning & Heating - San Diego

Tags: hvac companies San Diego

(619) 825-2032

Last Updated:
August 18th, 2017

Apollo Air Conditioning and Heating is your #1 source for all your HVAC needs! Professionals that take pride in their work, Apollo is committed to 100% satisfaction. So whether you need an air conditioner tune up, or a whole new heating system, Apoll...
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4231 Balboa Ave #1164

San Diego, CA 92117

Pacific Sunscapes

Tags: Pacific Sunscapes

(619) 820-8064

Last Updated:
August 17th, 2017

For over 35 Years, Pacific Sunscapes has transformed landscapes across San Diego keeping both the client and the environment in mind.
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P.O. Box 9718

San Diego, CA 92169



(619) 202-5436

Last Updated:
August 17th, 2017

Welcome to My San Diego Carpet Cleaning serving the entire San Diego Area and bordering areas with exceptional cleaning services. We are regarded as the #1 Cleaning Professional of San Diego variety of residential and commercial carpet cleaning servi...

6390 Greenwich Drive unit 181

San Diego, CA 92122


Tags: Broken Key Extraction Intercom Systems Gun Safes Rekey Service Home Lockouts Re-Key Locks Master Keys Deadbolts Installation Lock Repair Lock Changes Key Duplication Lock Out Service Master Key Fresh

(619) 329-2440

Last Updated:
August 17th, 2017

We provide experts which will provide all the regular responsibilities that locksmiths complete, like lock re-keys, lockout service, and deadbolt repair. Additionally to these facilities our professional employees might help companies and corporation...
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1823 E Union St

San Diego, CA 98122

Tranquil Home Personnel Service

Tags: Standard Cleanings , Move Out Cleanings , Vacation Rental

(858) 848-0881

Last Updated:
August 16th, 2017

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1889 Bacon St Ste 8

San Diego, CA 92107

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.