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Tampa Floor Polishing & Finishing - Epoxy Flooring, Marble, Concrete & Terrazzo Restoration

Tags: polished concrete floor tampa

(813) 805-8869

Last Updated:
February 14th, 2018

Tampa Floor Polishing & Finishing - Epoxy Flooring, Marble, Concrete & Terrazzo Restoration provides quality flooring services to residential and commercial customers for Tampa FL location. We are experts when it comes to concrete staining, concrete...
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601 N Ashley Drive Suite 1100-153

Tampa, FL 33602

Geyen Group South

Tags: commercial carpet cleaning

(813) 882-9655

Last Updated:
February 2nd, 2018

Professionally maintaining your company’s environment matters to your clients, your employees and your profitability.
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1708 W. Cypress St.

Tampa, FL 33606

Tampa Roof Cleaning

Tags: Cleaning

(813) 321-3380

Last Updated:
January 18th, 2018

Soft Wash Roof Cleaning in Tampa Bay. Safe and Effectively Clean and Restore the look of your shingle or tile roof today.
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3104 N Armenia Ave #2

Tampa, FL 33607

Bowden's Carpet Cleaning

Tags: Carpet Cleaner

(813) 363-2040

Last Updated:
January 16th, 2018

At Bowden's Carpet, we utilize some of the best professional cleaning resources to make sure your home is effectively cleaned. We use truck mounted steam cleaning and deodorization for long lasting results. We also offer Rotovac scrub cleaning for ca...
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13793 N Nebraska Ave

Tampa, FL 33612

Vivint Solar

Tags: solar

(813) 371-2479

Last Updated:
January 9th, 2018

We're flipping the switch on how the world creates and consumes energy by connecting people to the power of the sun.
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14340 Carlson Circle Unit J5

Tampa, FL 33626

HouseTechPlus LLC

Tags: Brandon AC Repair , Tampa AC Repair , Riverview AC Repair

(727) 302-1120

Last Updated:
January 2nd, 2018


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6305 S 16th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33619

FLORIDA INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS

Tags: Stainless Steel

(833) 746-7347

Last Updated:
January 2nd, 2018

From nuts to bolts, machining tools, abrasives and more, Florida Industrial Solutions was founded on the principle of connecting quality manufacturers with customers while creating better solutions. We provide quality manufactured products and excell...
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10231 Windhorst Road

Tampa, FL 33619

Tampa Fencing Company

Tags: Tampa Fencing Company

(813) 940-5710

Last Updated:
December 29th, 2017

Tampa Fencing Company provides high quality fence installation and repair services throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Brandon, FL area. We deliver high quality fences at affordable rates. It would be our pleasure to serve you and prove to you w...
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1802 N. Howard Ave #4621

Tampa, FL 33607

Bed Bug Exterminator Tampa

Tags: Pest control/Exterminator/Home Services

(813) 370-1822

Last Updated:
December 17th, 2017

If you have bed bugs call the experts at Bed Bug Exterminator Tampa for heat treatments and 24 hour emergency service.
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3104 North Armenia Avenue #2

Tampa, FL 33607

SLS Locksmith & Services Inc

Tags: locksmith

(813) 774-5570

Last Updated:
December 15th, 2017

Established in 2011, SLS Locksmith Services is a locally owned & operated company that has been offering affordable locksmithing solutions to the residents and business owners all through Tampa. We show our expertises in handling home lockouts, lock ...
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8870 N Himes Ave Suite 241

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.