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Local business listings for Tampa, FL

Home Team Air

Tags: air conditioning tampa

(813) 701-3430

Last Updated:
July 21st, 2017

Highly respected and experienced air conditioning contractor specializing in sales and service of all types of residential and commercial heating & air conditioning systems.
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401 N Ashley Dr #172814

Tampa, FL 33602

Your Moving Truck

Tags: Moving Service

(866) 252-0431

Last Updated:
July 10th, 2017

The Your Moving Truck team appreciates that finding a moving company can be a challenge. Whether you simply need a removal truck or need a more comprehensive service, such as appliance removal, vehicle transport or professional packers, you will want...
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Tampa, FL 33601

Zerorez Tampa Bay

Tags: Tile Cleaning

(866) 695-1773

Last Updated:
June 30th, 2017

ZeroRez offers Tampa Bay Pet-Safe tile, hardwood, upholstery, carpet cleaning and many more with no residue left behind. No soaps, No chemicals, No perfumes. If we can’t clean it, it cannot be cleaned! Your flooring will stay cleaner, longer, that's ...
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5817 N 56th St.

Tampa, FL 33610

Energy Renovations

Tags: Home improvement

(813) 525-9095

Last Updated:
June 28th, 2017

Home improvement, solar power, insulation, radiant barrier, windows, HVAC
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3710 Corporex Park Dr. #100

Tampa, FL 33619

Tampa Cool AC

Tags: Tampa Heating and air conditioning

(813) 701-3430

Last Updated:
June 22nd, 2017

Bay Area Air Conditioning’s team of trusted experts already services over 60,000 homes in the Tampa area, today we’d like to invite you to contact our team for all your system replacement and installation needs. We can help you… Update Your Air Cond...
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211 S Albany Ave

Tampa, FL 33606

Cogdill Builders of Florida, Inc.

Tags: custom homes

(813) 486-9099

Last Updated:
June 19th, 2017

Custom Designed Homes Built On Your Lot
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7712 N. Taliaferro Ave

Tampa, FL 33604

Flood Pro of Florida llc

Tags: water damage Tampa

(813) 452-5453

Last Updated:
June 5th, 2017

Extensive water damage, flood damage, and mold damage are best handled by professionals. We are IIRC certified and guarantee to provide the best results at any time that you need us with our 24/7 services. Serving Tampa and surrounding counties.
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3405 Columbus Drive, Suite A

Tampa, FL 33607

Champion Chem-Dry

Tags: carpet cleaning tampa

(813) 969-0000

Last Updated:
May 5th, 2017

Champion Chem-Dry offers carpet cleaning for homes and businesses of Tampa, FL. No chemicals or soap. Drier. Cleaner. Healthier.
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12204 Marjory Ave

Tampa, FL 33612

MaintenX International

Tags: Plumbing

(855) 751-0075

Last Updated:
March 28th, 2017

MaintenX International - Total Facility Maintenance Experts. We are one of the largest national facility maintenance and repair companies in the US, proudly providing our services for over 30 years!
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2202 N. Howard Ave.

Tampa, FL 33607

Cleanly Maids

Tags: cleaner

(813) 575-0508

Last Updated:
February 27th, 2017

Cleanly Maids provides convenient residential maid services in Tampa along with flat rate pricing and amazing customer service! By having simple, easy-to-follow pricing we take the guessing game and estimates hassle out of the picture. Book exactly w...
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6301 S West Shore Blvd

Tampa, FL 33616



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.