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Local business listings for Seattle, WA

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Seattle Lawn Care

(253) 252-1694

Last Updated:
September 28th, 2018

LawnStarter makes lawn care easy for homeowners. Our end-to-end platform connects customers with highly skilled, professionally vetted lawn care services to take the hassle out of lawn maintenance. LawnStarter delivers a high quality, efficient exper...
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5000 25th Ave NE #3203

Seattle, WA 98105

Sound Moving Services

Tags: college movers

(253) 218-7609

Last Updated:
September 12th, 2018

affordable moving services from experienced college students. Packing, wrapping and lifting customer belongings.
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4739 university way NE #150

Seattle, WA 98105

Fidelity Garage Door & Gates of Seattle

Tags: Seattle garage door repair

(206) 567-7639

Last Updated:
September 9th, 2018

Fidelity Garage Door & Gates of Seattle offers garage door repair and maintenance service. We also repair or replace garage door openers and install new garage doors.
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12345 Lake City Way NE #2193

Seattle, WA 98125

Silver Time International

Tags: power generator

(444) 252-3099

Last Updated:
September 2nd, 2018

Silver Time International is a Global Manufacturing, Sourcing and Trading Power House headquartered in Dubai (UAE). Apart from manufacturing of LHP Diesel Generator sets and Solar equipment in its Mainland China based facilities under the brand name ...
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Metro Centre, Shop No. 6/118-26 Al Burj Street, Near Souq Al Wasl, Deira Dubai

Seattle, WA 98101

Sewer Lining Seattle

Tags: Fullbore Seattle Sewer Pipe Lining

(206) 259-0415

Last Updated:
August 10th, 2018

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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1700 Westlake Ave N #200 1700 Westlake Ave N #200

Seattle, WA 98109

SEVEN STARS CLEANING

Tags: house cleaning in seattle

(425) 615-8206

Last Updated:
June 27th, 2018

Verified Licensed & Bonded Housekeeping Cleaning Professionals Waiting To Serve You Our Cleaning Services!
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2442 NW Market St. #105

Seattle, WA 98107

Bixno Handy

Tags: plumber

(817) 475-0491

Last Updated:
June 11th, 2018

From plumbing to electrical work to general handyman and home improvement tasks such as TV mounting and smart home set-up, I am prepared to assist you with any and all handyman tasks. Call for quote!
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9608 26th Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98117

Seattle Moss Removal

Tags: roof cleaning seattle

(206) 866-2277

Last Updated:
May 18th, 2018

Seattle Moss Removal (SMR) is a residential roof moss removal company in Seattle, Washington USA. We offer top-quality gutter cleaning, exterior and interior window cleaning, as well as many other various services related to exterior house cleaning, ...
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49 W Thomas St #308

Seattle, WA 98119

Seattle Infrared Sauna Store

Tags: sauna dealer

(206) 472-1199

Last Updated:
May 1st, 2018

The Infrared Sauna Dealer loves Sauna Shoppers! The sauna buyer comes with their best buy price and our goal is to get the customer 20% savings over the best sauna deal they find. We ship the sauna directly to you and our professional sauna installa...
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405 Olive Way,

Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle Locksmith Pro

Tags: locksmith

(206) 201-1120

Last Updated:
April 7th, 2018

The hunt for a locksmith in Seattle, WA is over! You have a ton of choices when it comes to finding a professional in the area, and when you live in Seattle, locksmiths are easy to come by. However, just because you live in this bustling area does no...
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801 Pine St

Seattle, WA 98101



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.