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Local business listings for Seattle, WA

Ampm Exterminators

Tags: Pest control

(206) 571-7580

Last Updated:
August 30th, 2017

Commercial Professional pest control company with exterminators for bed bugs, little black sugar ants, carpenter ants, rat control, house mice, rodent control,birds,beetles, moths, flies, termites, wasps,yellow jackets and hornets.Ampm Pest control s...
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3213 W Wheeler St. Suite 81

Seattle, WA 98199

Atlas Supply

Tags: construction supplies

(206) 623-4697

Last Updated:
August 21st, 2017

Atlas Supply is a full-service organization supporting you in industries such as commercial construction, industrial manufacturing and marine repair in Portland OR and Seattle WA.
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611 South Charlestown St.

Seattle, WA 98108

Water Damage Restoration Of Seattle

Tags: Water Damage

(206) 429-8845

Last Updated:
August 15th, 2017

We are a water damage restoration company located in Seattle, WA. We offer the best service in the area and have the proper equipment to take on any job. Our company is committed to providing fast and reliable options when it comes to water dama...
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1750 Fourth Avenue South #1018

Seattle, WA 98134

RGD Garage Door Repair

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(206) 538-2323

Last Updated:
August 4th, 2017

RGD Garage Door Repair is a local family owned company Licensed, Bonded, Insured. With over seven years of experience in the garage doors field I decide to open my own business and serve the Seattle and surrounding areas at the best as possible. At...
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1800 S Jackson ST #115

Seattle, WA 98144

Seattle Tree Care

Tags: landscape company

(206) 789-0534

Last Updated:
July 25th, 2017

Seattle Tree Care is a family-owned and operated company specializing in the thoughtful care of the Pacific Northwest’s largest living things. Since 2006 we have been committed to providing high-quality tree care in the Seattle area. You can trust us...
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319 Nickerson St, PMB 203

Seattle, WA 98109

Glendale Heating and Air Conditioning

Tags: Seattle Heating & Air Conditioning

(206) 243-7700

Last Updated:
July 15th, 2017

A top-notch heating and air conditioning service company in Seattle, WA— Glendale Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in furnace repair, installation or maintenance, heat pumps services, air conditioning services and reliable oil delivery services...
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12462 Des Moines Memorial Dr S

Seattle, WA 98168

DLB Antique & Vintage Rugs

Tags: moroccan rug

(206) 336-3417

Last Updated:
June 20th, 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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8098 Marion St

Seattle, WA 98104

Window Tinting Seattle

Tags: Window Tinting Seattle

(206) 539-1123

Last Updated:
April 23rd, 2017

At window tinting Seattle, we use the latest film technology and installation methods to guarantee quality. Our team has a combined 20+ years of experience in window tinting. We go the extra mile for you and your business. We will get the job done co...
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12345 Lake City Way NE #2083

Seattle, WA 98125

Pi Security Solutions-locksmith

Tags: emergency locksmith

(206) 735-3140

Last Updated:
April 5th, 2017

Pi Security Solutions-locksmith in Seattle, WA provides fast, professional and expert locksmiths for any safe and lock installation and repair services to your homes, businesses, automotive and watercraft.
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1546 NW 56th St

Seattle, WA 98107

Homely Bee

Tags: House Decoration Blog

(000) 000-0000

Last Updated:
March 30th, 2017

Homely Bee is a blog about home décor ideas. For more information visit http://homelybee.net/ and http://homelybee.net/category/homely-tips/.
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2156 B Dawson St

Seattle, WA 98108



How to Hire a Contractor in Seattle WA You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Seattle WA 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 Seattle 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 Seattle WA

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 Seattle WA

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a WA or Seattle 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 Seattle WA

Accidents happen to even the best Seattle 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 Seattle 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 Seattle WA

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