Well the project has been done about two weeks, no problems at all that I can see. From the onset they we're different, First I wanted them to give me an estimate because the company is Woman Owned, that aside I was impressed from the time they got there. since I was a female homeowner, they made sure I knew it would be a woman coming and that she would have her ID out. She offered to speak to me out front in public until I was comfortable...things only got better from there. She measured, did her stuff, spoke to me like I had a brain. Within 48 hours I had a written estimate and her staff followed up on it with me. Once they arrived on site to paint and fix wood, she asked me what sigot they could use, asked me if I minded smoking on my property and assured me all the painters would have shirts on 100% of the time. The work was top notch and the entire experience left me feeling absolutely in control. I wish I had more money right now to get other things done, you can bet in the future, when I do, I will ONLY use them. Lisa W, Mandarin
If you're thinking of using this company, you are making the right choice. I unfortunately went with another contractor from the Avondale Area, he was a friend of a friend and he &amp;amp;quot;supposedly&amp;amp;quot; knew what he was doing. $20,000.00 later, I had only a shell of a store front, my store was gutted and he would no longer even show up to ATTEMPT to make it right. Thank God some people in the same strip of stores was in a networking group with the Woman that owns this company. I am up and running, pleased with the job and now keep her business cards at my store to hand out! This whole process was stressful, she could not/did not work miracles but she kept me aware of everything that was going on and what I could expect every step of the way. The workmanship is quality and she even advised me if what I wanted to do was not going to pan out in the end. They are the Right Choice.
Wow, what an experience. I am thankful I had this company to help me through it. Originally I went with another company owned by my neighbors son. Worst mistake I ever made. Thankfully the young girl that walks my dog knew of this company. They came in, they fixed all the stuff that had already been done but not well mind you. They were helpful, informative and best of all their work still looks great. They had an end of job survey too which I thought wow what a good idea Don't try to cut costs by going with someone that you think will be the cheap way out, in the end it never is. get someone Insured, licensed and that KNOWS what they are doing. Thank you Larry T
I heard of these folks from someone who met them at some kind of local expo. So I called them to give me an estimate on a rental property. They were so honest about how bad it was on the property and then gave me an honest opinion on what to do to get it up to par and rented that I decided to utilize them on my personal property instead. They re-did a bathroom, re-wrapped my detached garage and are coming back to do a deck in the back with an attached ramp for my father. I totally recommend them and will keep utilizing them for as long as i can. they do excellent work on a budget.
Not only is the work top notch, but they give you a lot of personal attention. I had my home and garage resided and painted by them and I can honestly say I didn't find one thing to be upset about. Not only are they good at what they do, they are neat, clean and considerate. When the work was complete they walked the job with me to make sure it was to my standards and then sent me a customer questionnaire to make sure all my needs were met. I now am facing more work to be done at my home (some things have cropped up) and I am only contacting them. Don't delay contact them today!
They were referred to me by someone I work with, I was leery of contractors but because I knew the person that suggested them I took a chance. I am glad I did. The work did take a week longer than expected but the hold up was on the manufacturers end not the Contractors. They we're always helpful, told me each step ahead of time and made sure I understood what was going on in my house. They we're so good I recommended them to friends of mine at the Beach. I know they do commercial work too. I would ABSOLUTELY use them again Britt
Good Job, Good People It's a long story but I got three Estimates on my project and I took the cheapest one. 4 months later I had gotten what I paid for..nothing, the contractor (I wish I could name them) did a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing. I needed a contractor that could come in behind schedule and finish it with out running me any further behind. It happened, my project is finished, it is wonderful and GreenInstall did it. Very pleased
Green Install is outstanding in every aspect! They are extremely knowledgeable company - particularly in building Green! She runs crews professionally - on time &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; on budget - and treats everyone with respect. We are proud to have her on our team - and we know she looks out for our best interest in every aspect of the project! If you're looking for the best ... Kathi and Green Install are it!!
I work all the time so I knew that when I chose a contractor they would need to be very trustworthy to be in my home for the most part when I was not there. I was referred to them by an Attorney friend and I am so glad I went with them. The job was perfect, it was done on time and for the exact amount that the contract stated. They also left a little gift in my house for me to remind me of them. I am beyond pleased.
I first met Ron when he repaired the exterior concrete wall of my house. The work was beautiful. I called him back to add a new double car garage on to my house. His work was always done on the written schedule that he provided me on the bid, and there were no cost overruns We're completly satisfied with our beautiful new garage. It looks exactly like it was on the house when it was built. No flaws at all.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
Hiring a General Contractor
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
Finding general contractors
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.