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Local business listings for Tampa, FL

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

Gators Granite

Tags: tampa granite supplier

(941) 257-3124

Last Updated:
June 14th, 2018

Your home is your largest investment and biggest asset and making it beautiful is a goal of most home owners. The kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms that can either make it average or make it remarkable. Gators Granite has been the go-to-source for ...
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19046 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Ste B6 #741

Tampa, FL 33647

Unlock Me & Services Inc

Tags: Locksmith Tampa

(813) 760-1066

Last Updated:
June 9th, 2018

Unlock Me & Services is a well-known and established Locksmith Company that provides you with the best services in the automotive locksmith industry and General Locksmith Services As Well. We have a highly trained team of professional locksmiths who ...
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601 N Ashley Dr Suite 1100-157

Tampa, FL 33602

EVERYDAYPLUMBER.com

Tags: Tampa Plumber

(813) 872-0200

Last Updated:
April 21st, 2018

We pride ourselves on being the top rated, most honest and affordable, family-owned plumbing company in the Tampa Bay Area.
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3912 W South Ave

Tampa, FL 33614

Seven Golden Floors - Tampa Flooring Installation, Bath Remodeling

Tags: tampa flooring

(813) 400-4861

Last Updated:
April 16th, 2018

At Seven Golden Floors Inc., we offer the best Flooring Installation in Tampa Bay of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, travertine, marble, natural stones, vinyl planks, laminate, hardwood, brick pavers, pool deck, driveways, walkways, and bathroom remode...
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6131 Anderson Rd

Tampa, FL 33634

All Brands Appliance Repair

Tags: Appliance Repair Service

(813) 908-2002

Last Updated:
March 13th, 2018

Get a super quick repair service for any of your appliances in the best way possible from All Brands Appliance Repair in Tampa, FL. We are also into Appliance parts sales.
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5008 W Linebaugh Ave, #8

Tampa, FL 33624

My Tampa Landscaping

Tags: landscaping tampa

(813) 328-6525

Last Updated:
March 6th, 2018

My Tampa Landscaping provides high-quality landscape design, installation and maintenance to residents and businesses in the Tampa Bay Area. We offer landscaping, full-service lawn care, property clean-ups, lawn fertilization, irrigation, tree trimmi...
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16316 Sambourne Ln

Tampa, FL 33647

Quick Appliance Repair

Tags: Appliance Repair

(813) 444-0075

Last Updated:
March 4th, 2018

We are a full service appliance repair company. Our technicians are highly trained and can repair any type of appliance and any brand. Customer service is our number one priority.
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6308 Benjamin Rd #708

Tampa, FL 33634

A1 Garage Door Service - Tampa

Tags: Garage door repair Tampa

(813) 575-2800

Last Updated:
March 3rd, 2018

A1 Garage Door Service - Tucson is the #1 garage door specialist in the industry. We install, service and repair all kinds and types of garage doors in Tucson. We have the best team of expert professionals who know how to handle each and every type o...
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1100 N. 50th St. Suite 3D

Tampa, FL 33619

Lift it Moving and Storage Tampa

Tags: movers

(813) 340-0160

Last Updated:
March 2nd, 2018

WORK WITH THE BEST TAMPA MOVERS Get ready to experience a whole new way of moving! Lift It Moving and Storage Tampa is a Tampa moving company that does things a little differently. We donít make you stress out about the safety of your stuff or worry...
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3217 Deerfield Dr

Tampa, FL 33619



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.