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Local business listings for San Jose, CA

Cage Design Build

Tags: remodel

(408) 693-8109

Last Updated:
September 4th, 2017

Cage Design Build brings your renovation or home improvement vision to life!
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P.O. Box 6030

San Jose, CA 95150

SAN JOSE LOCKOUT

Tags: locksmith

(408) 290-8234

Last Updated:
August 22nd, 2017

San Jose Lockout services area residents, business owners and automobile owners across the entire Santa Clara County area. Whenever you need a professional and experienced locksmith, whether it’s for automotive, residential or commercial service, we ...
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3031 Tisch Way unit 17

San Jose , CA 95128

CAGE Design Build

Tags: remodel

(408) 693-8109

Last Updated:
August 14th, 2017

Cage Design Build brings your vision to life!
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San Jose, CA 95150

California Sports Center

Tags: Sports center

(408) 377-1005

Last Updated:
August 4th, 2017

Our mission is providing the opportunity to become the best you can be. We believe teaching gymnastics, swimming, and dance in fun, progressive, and safe learning environments will result in happier, healthier kids & adults.
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1975 Cambrianna Dr.

San Jose, CA 95124

Hydroponyk.com

Tags: Grow Tent & Vertical Grow Kits to Grow Food Indoor

(888) 580-1121

Last Updated:
July 5th, 2017

GROW TENT KITS. VERTICAL GROW KITS. ONE-STOP-SHOP. At Hydroponyk.Com we offer Grow Tent Kits and Vertical Grow Kits in Complete Packages. The individual products in our Kits are manufactured by leading companies in their fields and h...
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2528 Qume Dr, Suite 4

San Jose, CA 95131

Five Star Garage Door Service

Tags: garage door repair San Jose

(408) 772-6863

Last Updated:
June 30th, 2017

We are the premier garage door service company in all of San Jose. We do garage door repairs, installations and replacements. We are also in the wholesale business as we buy directly from manufacturers, which results in the most affordable prices for...
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340 Grey Ghost Ave

San Jose, CA 95111

Cool Roofing Systems

Tags: commercial roofing San Jose

(888) 926-6576

Last Updated:
May 29th, 2017

Commercial roofing contractor, Cool Roofing Systems in San Jose, California offers commercial & industrial light roofing, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement and Design-Build services for commercial, industrial and governmental structures. The CRS team can...
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4340 Almaden Expy #111

San Jose, CA 95118

Auto Locksmith San Jose

Tags: locksmith san jose

(408) 899-5558

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2017

Local, Fast, Affordable, Quality Locksmith Service… Can you really have it all? With Auto Locksmith San Jose you can! Not to mention our mobile units will come out to your location whether in the South Bay, Peninsula, East Bay, even in the city!
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1655 Alum Rock Ave

San Jose, CA 95116

Bittele Electronics Inc

Tags: Pcb assembly

(888) 812-1949

Last Updated:
April 28th, 2017

In business since 2003, Bittele has established itself as a premier provider of low cost, PCB assembly solutions.
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560 S. Winchester Blvd. Suite 500

San Jose, CA 95128

TCWRC Water Damage San Jose

Tags: Water Damage

(408) 601-2106

Last Updated:
February 11th, 2017

Water Damage San Jose delivers the best services with the most wide-spread system of resources for restoring your residential and commercial properties from water damage & Fire Damage.
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San Jose, CA 95101



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

Hiring a home contractor in San Jose 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 Jose 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 Jose 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 Jose CA

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

Accidents happen to even the best San Jose 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 Jose 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 Jose CA

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