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Local business listings for San Jose, CA

EOL Builders

Tags: Best kitchen remodeling san jose

(408) 982-7202

Last Updated:
August 27th, 2018

EOL Builders started out in San Jose, California to offer homeowners a variety of building, construction, and remodeling services that fit their style, wants, and budget. We are a fully licensed, insured and bonded company that is currently expanding...
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214 Birch Ridge Cir

San Jose, CA 95123

Atticity

Tags: Residential Attic insulation Services in Bay Area

(800) 646-0426

Last Updated:
August 5th, 2018

Attic City offers a wide range of professional Attic Proof services for residential and commercial properties. We are dedicated to using the best materials, equipment, and equally dedicated to providing the best customer service. Our residential and ...
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640 Epic way., San Jose, CA 95134

San Jose, CA 95134

A-1 Gates & Access

Tags: Gate installation services in California

(800) 811-2725

Last Updated:
August 5th, 2018

A-1 Gates & Access can play an important role in ensuring security, privacy, and in helping to beautify a home. It provides a wide range of door services, including iron fences, iron gates, stairway railing, balcony railing, and access control system...
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999 N 10th St #2, San Jose, CA 95112

San Jose, CA 95112

A-1 Gates & Access

Tags: Gate installation services in California

(510) 210-5521

Last Updated:
July 31st, 2018

"A-1 Gates & Access can play an important role in ensuring security, privacy, and in helping to beautify a home. It provides a wide range of door services, including iron fences, iron gates, stairway railing, balcony railing, and access control syste...
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999 N 10th St #2, San Jose, CA 95112

San jose, CA 95112

Clean Sweep Services, Inc.

Tags: tsan francisco ca pressure washing

(408) 912-1512

Last Updated:
July 12th, 2018

Based in California’s two fine cities - San Francisco and San Jose, and yard service in Sunnyvale, Clean Sweep Services, Inc. offers exterior cleaning services. Our main ground of service includes street and parking lot sweeping, pressure and power w...
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1346 The Alameda

San Jose, CA 95126

UCM Services San Jose

Tags: San Jose carpet cleaners

(408) 907-7683

Last Updated:
May 20th, 2018

Looking for a trusted cleaner to make your carpet and upholstery clean and tidy again? UCM Services San Jose is at your service. Have any question? Call us today! We are available for you 7 days a week 8 AM to 8 PM.
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3051 Colonial Way

San Jose, CA 95128

Royer Designs

Tags: #1-Design Strategist

(408) 314-0456

Last Updated:
April 8th, 2018

Royer Designs Directory Royer Designs is a creative interior and exterior design company that specializes in design strategies for residential and commercial buildings in the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley area. When you hire our services, y...
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2531 Los Coches Ave

San Jose, CA 95128

Welcome Garage Doors

Tags: garage door repair

(408) 320-0985

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2018

At Welcome Garage Doors, our goal is to make sure you & your family gets high-quality garage door repair & installation anytime you need it. Our experienced technicians can repair or install any make & model of garage doors & openers. We'll look forw...
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647 Tully Rd #4

San Jose, CA 95111

GreenPal Lawn Care of San Jose

Tags: Landscape Company , Landscape Company , Lawn Care

(669) 342-3563

Last Updated:
February 8th, 2018

Contracting lawn care does not have to be difficult. Unfortunately for some though, finding even the opportunity to contract local lawn mowing in San Jose, Ca can be a hard task to accomplish. The bizarre thing is that since we started GreenPal, we h...
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1040 Park Ave, Suite 201

San Jose, CA 95126

Stucco Supply Co

Tags: contractor

(408) 292-0454

Last Updated:
February 1st, 2018

If you are looking for a high-quality stucco finish manufacturer in the San Jose area, look no further than our team at Stucco Supply Co! For more than 60 years, our family-owned and operated stucco company has served clients in the Bay area and has ...
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1601 Little Orchard St.

San Jose, CA 95110



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.