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OCP Bee Removal Tampa FL - Bee Exterminator

Tags: bee exterminator tampa

(813) 213-0577

Last Updated:
October 2nd, 2018

OCP Bee Removal Tampa FL - Bee Exterminator professional pre screened local termite exterminators in Tampa have minimum 7 years of experience in providing homes and businesses with reliable termite inspection and termite control in Tampa. We have scr...
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1610 Wishing Well Way

Tampa, FL 33619

Wikilawn

Tags: tampa lawn care

(727) 351-2785

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2018

Wikilawn is a leading resource on lawn care and landscaping. Pulling from academic and industry knowledge, Wikilawn strives to provide tailored lawn care and landscaping guides for each U.S. city and suburb. Wikilawn covers everything from seasonal l...
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401 E Jackson St Suite 3300

Tampa, FL 33602

Keep It Simple Cleaning Services Tampa

Tags: House cleaner

(813) 213-3214

Last Updated:
October 1st, 2018

The best cleaning services in the tampa bay area
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1068 Clearview avenue

Tampa, FL 33629

LawnStarter Lawn Care Service

Tags: Tampa Lawn Care

(813) 540-3052

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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1227 E Madison St #605

Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Bay Premium Hauling

Tags: Premium hauling

(813) 774-4719

Last Updated:
September 10th, 2018

TAMPA BAY PREMIUM HAULING offers the friendliest and most affordable hauling in the Tampa Bay area. We haul away it all! are you a DIY guy and like to do it yourself? We offer the availability to rent trailers and roll-off dumpsters to the customer i...
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4205 La Dega Ct

Tampa, FL 33611

PREMIER OUTDOOR LIVING AND DESIGN, INC

Tags: Outdoor kitchens Tampa

(727) 812-1762

Last Updated:
September 8th, 2018

At PREMIER OUTDOOR LIVING AND DESIGN, INC, we will assist you through every step of the outdoor kitchen process. Timing : Mon - Sat 10 am to 7 pm and Sun 10 am to 6 pm
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6402 N Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33614

PAW Demolition

Tags: Tampa demolition companies

(727) 862-5956

Last Updated:
August 29th, 2018

PAW Demolition is the premier Tampa demolition company providing commercial demolition services that include, but are not limited to, bridge demolition, highway demolition, cooling tower demolition, water tower demolition, construction demolition, co...
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1309 E. Giddens Avenue

Tampa, FL 33603

M3 Commercial & Residential Painting Contractors Tampa

Tags: painter Tampa

(813) 295-7916

Last Updated:
August 27th, 2018

We are your Painting Contractors Tampa Fl Call (813) 295-7916 Call Us Today at (813) 295-7916 Visit: M3 Residential & Commercial Painting Contractors Tampa 201 N Franklin Street Tampa, FL. 33602 United States (813) 295-7916 or info@commercialp...
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201 N Franklin St #1110

Tampa, FL 33602

TV Mounting Services And Installation

Tags: tv mounting services and installation

(813) 563-7502

Last Updated:
August 24th, 2018

PROFESSIONAL TV MOUNTING & INSTALLATION SERVICE Is it time to install that TV on the wall? Schedule one of our techs today!
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1424 Marathon Key Dr #203

Tampa, FL 33612

ICR Tampa

Tags: air conditioning repair

(813) 871-2313

Last Updated:
July 8th, 2018

ICR Tampa Founded in 2004, We ICR Tampa services specialize in cooling, heating and indoor air quality systems for homes and businesses. Whether you need maintenance, repair or replacement, we will get the job done right and in a timely manner.
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9115 Lazy Lane

Tampa, FL 33614



How to Hire a Contractor in Tampa FL You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Tampa FL 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 Tampa 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 Tampa FL

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 Tampa FL

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a FL or Tampa 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 Tampa FL

Accidents happen to even the best Tampa 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 Tampa 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 Tampa FL

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