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Local business listings for San Francisco, CA

HD Buttercup

Tags: furniture los angeles

(415) 820-4788

Last Updated:
May 4th, 2018

furniture store
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Avantguard Locksmith

Tags: locksmith

(415) 966-2550

Last Updated:
March 28th, 2018

Avantguard locksmith is Bonded Licensed and insured in the state of California We offer a wide range of locksmith solutions and services in San Francisco & Marin County area.We Also Serve Brisbane, CA Avantguard Locksmith provides emergency and gener...
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1535 Funston Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Tags: Battery Niche

(415) 386-0329

Last Updated:
March 17th, 2018

With, we’re here to share with you useful articles and other content that can assist you from buying the right kind of battery, reviving old batteries, as well as disposing dead batteries. We’re your go-to guide for everything abo...
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649 Mission Street #808

San Francisco, CA 94105

Form & Field LLC

Tags: design

(628) 400-3182

Last Updated:
February 7th, 2018

Form + Field is a San Francisco based interior design studio founded by Christine Lin. We create beautiful, functional, modern spaces.
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350 Townsend St Suite 305

San Francisco, CA 94107

Catalina Home Cleaning

Tags: Home Cleaning

(415) 307-4989

Last Updated:
January 3rd, 2018

My wife and our family members do all the cleaning work ourselves. We do not use outside help. And we don't schedule our clients close together so we have time to do a perfect job. We specialize in apartments and houses in the Marina and Cow Hollow ...
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1580 Filbert St

San Francisco, CA 94123

California Installation RW

Tags: Electrical Contractors

(455) 097-2054

Last Updated:
December 20th, 2017

Electrical contractors who need easy-to-install electrical systems for residential and commercial buildings are more frequently turning to their systems vendor for recommendations on meeting mandatory requirements in the most efficient way possible.
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4162 24th St

San Francisco, CA 94114

Egan Agape Construction

Tags: general contractor , contractor , home remodeling

(415) 948-9681

Last Updated:
December 14th, 2017

Egan Agape Construction
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518 3rd Ave

San Francisco, CA 94118

San Francisco Fence Builders

Tags: fence

(628) 227-6192

Last Updated:
December 12th, 2017

San Francisco Fence Builders si the highest rated fencing installation company you can find in San Francisco Bay Area. We are a team of expert fence contractors ready to serve you. Call today for a free fence installation estimate.
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296 30th unit #5 st

san Francisco, CA 94131

On Top Roofing San Francisco

Tags: roofing

(628) 300-0155

Last Updated:
November 21st, 2017

Being the best roofing contractor in San Francisco is not easy, but we have done it! Our success comes from our commitment to our customers and providing the best customer services you can find. When you have any questions about a San Francisco Roofi...
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43 Gaven St

San Francisco, CA 94134

Bella Cera Hardwood Floors

Tags: hardwood flooring

(866) 599-7999

Last Updated:
November 4th, 2017

"Our goal is to make it affordable for you to own a wood floor that's truly a work of hand-made art. In a world of shortcuts and compromises, we produce flooring the slow, painstaking way. And it shows in every plank that leaves our facility. From...
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400 Oyster Point Blvd Suite 115

San Francisco, CA 94080

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

Hiring a home contractor in San Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best San Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco CA

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