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Local business listings for Seattle, WA

The HouseWire

Tags: home

(315) 287-2405

Last Updated:
February 21st, 2018

The HouseWire is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home.
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1589 Mutton Town Road

Seattle, WA 98106

Neighborhood Garage Door Service

Tags: Garage door repair

(360) 813-6740

Last Updated:
February 10th, 2018

Seattle is home, and we love the opportunity to deliver high-quality garage door repair & installation to our neighbors & friends. Call our hometown team today, and we'll look forward to providing you with excellent service.
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9530 Aurora AVE N, 201

SEATTLE, WA 98103

Crime Scene Cleaners of Washngton

Tags: Crime scene cleaner

(206) 940-5307

Last Updated:
February 9th, 2018

Crime Scene Cleaners NW is a locally owned and operated biohazard cleaning service. CSCNW provides expert and discreet support during traumatic events.
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PO box 31408

Seattle, WA 98103

Locksmith Plus, Inc.

Tags: Locksmith

(206) 430-5072

Last Updated:
February 6th, 2018

Locksmith Plus is here when you need us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Locked out of your car? Lost your keys? Need a new home lock installed? We cover everything from automotive to residential, and commercial. Give us a call at any of our locations...
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2226 Eastlake Ave E #298

Seattle, WA 98102

Pristine Sweeps, LLC

Tags: Seattle CSIA Chimney Professionals

(206) 574-8414

Last Updated:
January 22nd, 2018

Pristine Sweeps, LLC is owned by Aaron Woodward and is located in Seattle, Washington. Serving the Seattle area, services include chimney sweeping, relining, inspections, renovations, and repairs. Additional services include stove, fireplace, and mas...
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1815 SW 114th St.

Seattle, WA 98146

Trenchless Sewer Repair Seattle

Tags: Underground Construction

(206) 259-0415

Last Updated:
December 29th, 2017

Full Bore Inc. specializes in Trenchless Technology, with a focus on water line replacement, water line repair, sewer line replacement and sewer line repair. We can replace your water line and sewer line without digging a trench in your yard. We prov...
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1546 NW 56th St

Seattle, WA 98107

RGD Garage Door Repair Seattle

Tags: Garage Door Repair

(253) 240-0132

Last Updated:
December 18th, 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 R...
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1800 S Jackson st #115

Seattle, WA 98144

Ladonna's Cleaning Service

Tags: Seattle House Cleaning Service

(206) 781-8876

Last Updated:
December 8th, 2017

Ladonna’s Cleaning Service has been serving the Seattle area for over 25 years, providing both personal and professional cleaning services. With that experience, we understand that you either hate cleaning or are too busy to clean, hence your visit t...
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9535 Fremont Ave N

Seattle, WA 98103

Fischer Heating and Air Conditioning

Tags: Air Conditioning Repair and Installation

(206) 376-1944

Last Updated:
December 4th, 2017

For many years, Fischer Heating and Air Conditioning has been earning the trust of our customers and their neighborhoods throughout the Greater Seattle and Bellevue area. Becuase our operations are efficient and cost effective, we are able to save of...
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3243 Conkling Pl W

Seattle, WA 98119

Deluxe Concrete Llc

Tags: Polished Concrete Seattle

(206) 745-3638

Last Updated:
November 12th, 2017

Deluxe Concrete is a full service concrete flooring installer. Deluxe Concrete is adept at Polishing concrete, concrete overlays, Epoxy Flooring, Decorative Concrete and much more. As a company, Deluxe Concrete trains its employees through seminars a...
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728 12th Avenue, Suite 404

Seattle, WA 98122



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.