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Jhonny Bonzela Cntrctr

Tags: concrete contractors

(458) 021-1122

Last Updated:
September 15th, 2017

Residential construction practices, technologies, and resources must conform to local building authority regulations and codes of practice.
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2 Winston Drive

San Francisco, CA 94132

DLB Vintage & Antique Rugs

Tags: moroccan rug

(415) 549-9053

Last Updated:
August 1st, 2017

DLB Vintage & Antique Rugs is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers antique rugs and carpets carpets in the world. We have been a leader in this category for the last five decades and continue to be the center of attraction in the design com...
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1770 Minna St

San Francisco, CA 94103

Office Comforts

Tags: office furniture liquidation

(415) 668-3011

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2017

Office furniture liquidation: Buy and sell used office furniture. Office Comforts is a furniture liquidation company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. This company which specializes in selling excellent second-handed furniture was created almos...
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1450 Sutter # 314

San Francisco, CA 94109

Long Distance Schedule

Tags: Moving

(347) 602-9342

Last Updated:
June 11th, 2017

With two decades of experience in customer care, Long Distance Schedule understands that the customer is the most important aspect of any move. Whether you are planning a home or commercial move, or have a more sensitive project such as moving instru...
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San Francisco, CA 94016

Advantage Appliance Services

Tags: Appliance Repair

(415) 571-4184

Last Updated:
June 5th, 2017

Best appliance repair service provider in San Francisco, Advantage Appliance Services, is fixing the following: Stove, Range, Oven, Refrigerator, Dryer, Washer, Dishwasher
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175 Stanyan St

San Francisco, CA 94118

San Francisco Garage Doors Inc

Tags: garage doors

(415) 223-7600

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2017

A garage door repair contractor in San Francisco, California that you can count on is just a phone call away. We are talking about San Francisco Garage Door Services. Here, our objective is to make sure that locals in have access to the repair, insta...
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444 22nd Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94121

Cairn Construction

Tags: Home services

(415) 661-4367

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2017

Cairn did a great job, communication was always very good, and the price/value is right on target
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547 Frederick St

San Francisco, CA 94117

Moving companies San Francisco

Tags: Moving Company

(313) 520-6225

Last Updated:
May 2nd, 2017

We are Sanfrancisco based company that specializes in moving services from/to Sanfrancisco. We help customers move California-wide from Sanfrancisco to any city or town in California. We also help out customers move from anywhere in California to S...
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1000 Ocean Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94112

Home & Stuff

Tags: Home Decoration

(000) 000-0000

Last Updated:
April 12th, 2017

Home & Stuff is a blog providing valuable suggestions and tips on house related aspects including setting up a contemporary kitchen, types of flooring such as granite & marble, rugs for living rooms, stair runners, window blinds, avalanche protection...
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897 evans ave ste 289h

San Francisco, CA 94188

City Appliance Repair

Tags: washing machine repair

(415) 231-5839

Last Updated:
April 1st, 2017

Top-rated San Francisco appliance repair services. We do refrigerator repair, oven repair, dryer repair, washer repair, dishwasher repair and more.
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914 Alvarado St

San Francisco, CA 94114



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.

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 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.