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Austin, Silicon Hills
Austin is home to offices for many tech companies, including Amazon, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, and PayPal, a fact which has earned it the nickname “Silicon Hills.” The city is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World, attracting visitors from all over the world to their music venues and festivals such as Austin City Limits. Each March, the city hosts South by Southwest, an event that celebrates music, film, and much more. Immersed in a rich history, home to a vibrant music scene, and made up of many different cultures, Austin is an up-and-coming, lively city with a promising future.
The Austin area is home to just over two million people, and while the city is growing fast, it’s only the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. The city’s beautiful location in the Hill Country, growing tech scene, and affordable housing options compared to other states have all contributed to its growth in recent decades.
Austin is the seat of Travis County as well as the capital city of Texas. Located in Central Texas, Austin experiences hot summers and mild winters. The city gets an average of 34 inches of rain each year, and May is the rainiest month.
The City of the Violet Crown
Located between the deserts of the American Southwest and the humid American Southeast, Austin has features of both these climates. The area is home to all kinds of interesting flora and fauna.
Bluebonnets make an appearance throughout the Hill Country each spring, and many people take advantage of these gorgeous flowers to get a family photo. Prickly pear cactus is another famous plant found in abundance in the Central Texas region.
You can spot a wide variety of animal species in the Austin area, including armadillos, white-tailed deer, and bats. Mexican free-tailed bats inhabit the Hill Country area, and about 1.5 million of them live in the world’s largest urban bat colony underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. Many people gather in the evenings between March and November to watch the bats emerge to find dinner.
Austin Homes for Every Taste and Preference
The housing market in the Austin metro area is very competitive, as demand is outpacing supply. Houses typically sell quickly and at high prices, since the market highly favors sellers.
The Austin area encompasses many different neighborhoods with various home types. Most common are single-family homes and large apartment buildings, with some townhomes, condos, and multi-family homes in the mix as well.
Common styles of single-family homes in Austin include Queen Anne, craftsman bungalow, ranch, contemporary, Hill Country, and Mediterranean.
Home Improvement Services in Austin
The Austin metro area covers 5 counties and approximately 4,300 square miles, so when you call a contractor, it’s important to make sure they service your location.
Warm temperatures for much of the year ensures that HVAC, landscaping, lawn care, and pool service companies are frequently in high demand. Scheduling work in non-peak seasons when possible is a great idea.
Hiring an experienced, reputable contractor is crucial to a quality job and your peace of mind. Every Best Pick contractor is verified, and we guarantee their work. If you’d like to get yourself up to speed on local permitting regulations, check out the information below.
Permits, Licensing, and Insurance Requirements
Almost every major home improvement job requires a permit. Your contractor should handle the application process to ensure that the correct permits are obtained for the job. Even though this represents another step in the process, permits and any required inspections are essential to ensuring that the work is done safely.
The state of Texas only requires contractors to obtain licensing for specialty services, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lawn treatment, mosquito control, and security systems, among others. For more information on the types of licensing required, and for a broader list of services, please visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
For information on citywide permits, as well as a county by county breakdown of the Greater Austin area, please follow the available links.
Texas is the only state that does not require workers’ compensation insurance. General liability insurance, however, is required.
We help provide you with peace of mind by verifying all state-required insurance coverage and trade licenses for every Best Pick company on an annual basis. When you choose a contractor that has been certified as a Best Pick, you can rest assured that you’re working with the best of the best.
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