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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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We gave Anthony Vigil, owner of this company, $4000 to purchase an AC unit to install after he had already completed the electrical work and he never returned!!! We have taken him to court, he admitted that he owes us the money but in a year, we have never heard from him again. NEVER TRUST THIS COMPANY.
I have worked for SLA Development for several years. The owner, Shane Armstrong, will always go out of his way to help his employees and customers and even go out of pocket to make any situation right.
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When I asked Mike Yazzie to leave it was at the end of a day after he had completed all the wall patching he could, but was found waiting in that room looking at his phone. When I asked him what he was up to, he replied that he needed to wait for the mud to dry before texturing and painting. When I asked whether he would be doing that today, he said "no". I then asked why he was waiting here for it to dry since he couldn't continue until tomorrow, he stumbled over his words before packing to leave. That's when I wrote him a check for what he'd done so far and asked him not to return.This was after seeing him several times looking at his phone instead of being on task. That last instance was clear evidence that he was taking advantage of a "time and material" contract for a few simple wall patches.
Just had Goodrich owner yelling at me on the phone and then hanging up on me twice. I went in shortly after and paid the balance of our roofing bill. They jacked up the job with whatever subcontractor crew they used to roof our house. Now it's been an 8 month mess to "try" and get the finished "quality" result we were promised and sold on... After they threatened a lean, we dicided to pay balance (we were holding the last third of payment in the hopes they would make good on their contractual agreement) and now will go after them legally for breach. I tried my best to discuss the issues with the owner today only to be interrupted and verbally berated so many times I finally gave up and paid him. I figured I'll have all the time I need to discuss their breach of contract in the future. I also opened a case with the BBB, for what it's worth, we'll see. There are multiple stories I've now heard from multiple neighbors who have had to deal with the same lack of attention Goodrich puts toward its obligations. I would never recommend anyone ever use the sad excuse of a service business Goodrich roofing has become. What a unbelievable fall a once great company has taken over the past 25 years... Joke!!!
I wish that I had read the other reviews prior to using this company. There seems to be a common link.....their management. They are not about customer service they are about defending poor work. My daughter brought my car home after a $21 dollar wash and not only was the exterior still dirty but trash had not even been disposed. When I confronted the manager he had nothing but excuses and nasty comments like "why did your daughter accept the car?" and "How old is your daughter?" and "We don't throw away trash!" This is a bad company that I would never recommend using to anyone.
He falsified court documents and charged an outrageous amount for work not performed. Illegally made up fake receipts for friends court case. Do not hire!!
I can't say enough good things about this guy. I'd be wary of any quote you get from someone lower than PCS, because you get way more than you pay for with PCS. He does first rate work, does it quickly, delivers what he says he will when he says he will, gives sound advice, is candid, is flexible and very responsive, very professional, courteous, on time, clean jobsite, etc. I'm pretty sure if you needed him at 2 a.m., the only reason he wouldn't show up is if he was with another customer. If only more contractors were like this, I'd use them more often instead of doing things myself. Money well spent.
If I could give a ZERO I would. I had a three year contract with this horrible company. After the contract was over I have had the most horrendous experience trying to end service. This was in November. I sent the required end of contract letters to both Alpha Alarm and Safe Home. Yet two months later we are still being billed. I called Alpha Alarm three times trying to be cordial and each time she ended up turning into an argument. Very horrible contract and customer service.
Spent thousands of dollars to have a new roof put on, and now the skylight is leaking in the bedroom and I have damaged drywall less than 7 months later. Their Better Business Bureau rating means nothing. Stay away from these people, or at least away from sales rep John!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.