What to Know About: General Contractors »
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
5911 Coronado Ave NEAlbuquerque, NM 87109
From Business: A Family Business Serving Albuquerque Since 1974, Cornerstone Roofing is a locally owned roofing company serving Albuquerque, NM. We have been serving all your ro…
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1905 San Mateo Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110
From Business: A Closer Look We are a full service construction company specializing in storm/insurance work for Roofing, Complete Home Re-model, Stucco, flooring and much more"…
7204 Arenoso Pl NWAlbuquerque, NM 87120
From Business: Locally Owned with over 20 years experience Astorga & Sons Remodeling has served Albuquerque and set the standard for quality in home repair and remodeling. If it…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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Initially, my first impression was that I would be happy with this company. They replaced my old roof with a TPO roof, as per my request. Unfortunately, some of the seams were not properly sealed and we ended up with some leaks that damaged one of our walls in our study and also the ceiling and a wall in our garage. They returned to patch the seams, hopefully correctly this time and also sent someone out to cut open the ceiling in our study and in our garage in order to do a leak test and make sure the leaks are repaired. After a week of having two good sized holes in the ceiling of our study and the weather turning colder, I had not heard back from them. I had to call them back to see what was going on. They scheduled an appointment for this morning with me, in which I took off of work to be home, only to get a phone call saying that they couldn't make it. Everyone at JRC that I have dealt with have been friendly. My main complaint is that, one - they did not properly seal some of the seams in the TPO which caused the leaks and, two - I feel like they have left me hanging and did not follow up with me after they came and cut the holes in my ceiling. In those areas, I am very disappointed with the company. Not to mention that when the worker cut the holes in the sheet rock and, although he made an effort to clean up, I spent at least another 2 hours cleaning up the fine dust from the sheet rock.
Chung is the best a Michael Angelo at repairing and matching textures and paint. He is meticulous and prompt. I like knowing I am more supriaed by his expertise and recommend 1st. Competitive price with haggeling. Thanks Chung
I had hail damage where several tiles were broken and the water barrier underneath the tiles was blown off. I contacted my insurance company and they sent out an adjuster, who estimated the cost of repairs to be just under $1,000.00. Of course, my deductible was $1,000.00. I got on Angie's list and found Yaris Construction LLC and filled out the online request. Later that afternoon, I was contacted by an Angie's List rep who asked me to call Yaris the following morning to confirm my service request. I did and this was on a Saturday morning. A Yaris rep called and said he was in the area and asked if he could drop by and inspect my roof. He did and said that he could repair my roof within the next couple of hours, which he did. My TOTAL bill was $188.00 including tax! He did an outstanding job and I still cannot believe he did all that work for under $200.00! Will I continue to use Yaris Construction LLC for ANY roof issues? You betcha! In a heartbeat! They have earned my business, forever. One more thing, because they were so responsive and fixed my roof that Saturday morning, I was avoided even more damage to my roof as another major storm with hail rolled through that very night. Since then, we have had major thunderstorms nearly every night and my roof is solid and you cannot tell that I had any repairs done. Thank you, Yaris, for being consummate professionals and your workmanship and customer service is simply outstanding.
H & A Plumbing is phenomenal. Enrique knows his stuff and we call on him twice a year to complete our swamp cooler winterization and opening. He is knowledgeable, professional and reasonably priced. He also has integrity. When he says he will be there, he is! H & A have also done a number of other jobs for me in the past, and they have always been the same- Phenomenal. I just wish every contractor that I hire could have the same work ethic.
Called for estimates. Found this company to be below everyone, not above. My seven year old is more professional. They showed up late. I felt they couldn't handle the job I needed. I do NOT recommend this company.
Had a great experience. They came out and painted inside of my whole house in about a week. This includes repair to drywall. I feel smart for picking Best Painting Inc.
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.
My experience with Fernandez construction was excellent. I did not experience anything that vaguely resembles the complaints on the Internet. Arturo Fernandez and his gang did a large landscaping project for me in 4-Hills that required dirt fill, crushed decorative rock, large natural stones and irrigation. Arturo checked with me frequently to be sure the work was done the way I wanted it. They arrived promptly at 7 every day as promised and did so much more than we agreed to... like cleanup my entire yard and trim my bushes so the beautiful new work was easy to see! Admittedly, Arturo needs to work on his business credentials to improve his professional score, but their work was excellent, fast and very fairly priced. I plan to hire them to do some major work in my back yard.
I had a NEGATIVE experience with this company. I had a scheduled appointment for them to repair some plumbing issues. The company never showed. The morning of the appointment and thirty minutes after the scheduled appointment time I sent the company a text and received no response. I followed up after several hours after them not showing up with 2 more text messages and 2 voicemails and still no response. I finally left a voicemail with the company cancelling and stating that this type of business practice was very disappointing.
I feel Best Painting is the bomb. My paint looked terrible, I called around. Best Painting had a very fair price (all 3 were around the same). My kids and dogs are terrible on the inside of my home. Especially when it rains, there was muddy hand prints on my walls. They even had a anti-bacterial paint they used in the kitchen. I can not give enough praise to this company. My home looks and feels so clean now. I LOVE THEM.
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.