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2. Lydick Hooks Roofing Co

BBB Rating: A+

401 China StAbilene, TX 79602

(325) 673-6408
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Layne Tech Roofing

3. Layne Tech Roofing

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BBB Rating: A+

2601 S Danville DrAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 201-3419

Great job Layne Tech Roofing! Very professional and great quality work. I would recommend this company to anyone in need of a roof.

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4. Taylor County Construction and Remodeling

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BBB Rating: A

157 Ruidosa AveAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 829-9962

The experience i had with Taylor county construction was phenomenal they very attentive to our needs they completed a flooring install (hardwood flooring) and new doors. i personally saw John and his superintendent every day They did what they said they were gonna do and even though i couldn't a…

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PREFERRED

8. Batjer Service Heating & Cooling

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BBB Rating: A+

Abilene, TX 79601

(325) 673-2556

They're a Great group of guys! Very friendly and knowledgeable. We had the best night sleep! Helpful

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Blessed By The Best Tree Service

19. Blessed By The Best Tree Service

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5473 Questa DrAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 201-0821

Best tree service in town! Good to see the owner of a business so hands on and at the jobs throughout the day! Love the good old fashioned saddle climbing also... Highly recommended!

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20. Copper Creek Roofing

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BBB Rating: A+

4573 Fm 18Abilene, TX 79602

(325) 437-4098

The strip and re-shingling of my roof was complete today, and Copper Creek met (and exceeded) all my expectations/requirements for high quality work at a competitive/fair price. I couldn't be more pleased. I'd recommend the Copper Creek Roofing crew to my own mother. Just great!

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21. Hawk Portable Buildings

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1250 S Clack StAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 677-8636

I bought a storage shed from Hawk 16 years ago, and it is still solid and in good repair. I decided I wanted an underpin around the whole building, so called Hawk. After making the arrangements, a worker named Billy came the next day to add the underpin. He was prompt, courteous, patiently a…

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22. Clearlight Windows and Doors

BBB Rating: A+

1273 Butternut StAbilene, TX 79602

(325) 673-4921

From Business: Clearlight Windows and Doors has been serving Abilene and the surrounding areas since 1974. Offering Windows made right in the Big Country. Clearlight, Inc. manufactuers Quality windows and offers full service for all of the products sold.

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Home Services at The Home Depot

23. Home Services at The Home Depot

4590 Southwest DrAbilene, TX 79606

(325) 268-9014

From Business: Home Services at The Home Depot is the top choice for home installation & repair services in Abilene, TX. Our local installers will do the work for you. Schedule a free consultation today!

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24. Lauren Engineers & Constructors Inc

BBB Rating: A+

901 S 1st StAbilene, TX 79602

(325) 670-9660

From Business: Lauren Engineers & Constructors, a part of The Lauren Corporation, is one of the world s leading design and build contractors. The company serves the power, polymer, chemical, petrochemical and refining markets. Its customers include Bosque Power, Siemens, Proctor & Gamble, Holly Corporation and Williams Refining. Lauren E…

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25. Jeff Luther Construction

BBB Rating: A+

542 Plum StAbilene, TX 79601

(325) 676-8294

From Business: Since 1976, Jeff Luther Construction has been serving Texas. Located in Abilene, Texas, the company specializes in new construction as well as addition, renovation and restoration of residential and commercial industries. It also offers state-of-the-art computer aided drafting, design and modeling services for residential …

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26. King Brothers Tile Inc

BBB Rating: A+

133 Portland AveAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 673-8453

From Business: Welcome to King Brothers' Tile With over 50 years of ceramic tile experience, King Brothers' Tile is dedicated to the customer, taking every step required to insure your complete satisfaction. In order to provide the highest quality service to you, we offer free estimates, a full service showroom and have a professional st…

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King Insulation

27. King Insulation

801 E South 11th StAbilene, TX 79602

(325) 676-8606

From Business: Keeping your home comfortable year-round is what we do best at King Insulation. We specialize in foam insulation for newer and older homes as well as commercial properties. For over three decades, we’ve been Abilene’s number one choice for residential and commercial insulation. We are the insulation contractor of choice fo…

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28. Thomas Hicks Construction

3301 N 3rd StAbilene, TX 79603

(325) 675-6956

From Business: General contracting firm specializing in structural concrete, metal buildings, and structural steel.

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29. Abilene Window & Door

4233 Sayles BlvdAbilene, TX 79605

(325) 267-3453

From Business: Four Seasons Solar Products offers sunrooms, conservatories, solariums and patio rooms to its customers. The company provides various styles of sunrooms, such as straight, curved and cathedral. It also offers patio rooms in solid and glass roof combinations. Four Seasons Solar Products provides vinyl-clad, wooden and alumi…

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Black Plumbing Inc

30. Black Plumbing Inc

BBB Rating: A+

4640 S Treadaway BlvdAbilene, TX 79602

(325) 675-8391

From Business: Black Plumbing has been serving the Big Country area for more than two decades now, taking care of your plumbing needs, whatever they might be. We're on the job 24/7, so whenever you need plumbing repair, call Black Plumbing right away. We even offer senior citizen discounts!

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Did You Know?

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.

Common Jobs

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

Licensing

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. 

Trade Associations

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. 

Budget

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.

Prioritizing Safety

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.

Financial safety

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.

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