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.
Amarillo, TX 79109
Highly recommend. The guy was on time, actually early, very nice and fixed the things I needed done very quickly. He had supplies and tools with him so he didn't need to leave and take hours to get supplies. As a woman alone these handymen types tend to try to take advantage of me so it was r…
5101 Canyon DrAmarillo, TX 79110
Tisdale's did an amazing job with my new siding. Wayne Tisdale found a great electrician to move my electrical so they could put my siding up. The installer was very experienced and professional. Thanks to both Wayne and Abraham for their superb work.
3502 SE 11th AveAmarillo, TX 79104
Earlier this week Damon And Jake came to check out a problem we were having with a toilet. They said the toilet needed replacing which made since because of the way it was acting. They were very professional, very friendly, and had it done in no time. I highly recommend Pratt for any plumbing ne…
2700 Climer CirAmarillo, TX 79124
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3131 Bell StAmarillo, TX 79106
I lived in a property for over a year and a half.... The house was ok several major problems happened with plumbing which still was not resolved when we moved out. The roof needed to be replaced not repaired. The house had major issues with electric outlets. All a side they expect you to pay ren…
801 S Fillmore StAmarillo, TX 79101
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3305 E Amarillo BlvdAmarillo, TX 79107
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4088 Business Park DrAmarillo, TX 79110
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13400 Interstate 27Amarillo, TX 79119
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411 N Shore DrAmarillo, TX 79118
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3221 Commerce StAmarillo, TX 79109
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
This is what this business left on my street after they removed a mobile home from this lot and they also took a small chunk of asphalt out of our road I live about 3 houses down from this lot and I heard the glass break the red truck that followed the trailer had to have known but they left it for someone to run over another neighbor and I swept it up into a bucket so no one would damage a tire or it cause a wreck from trying to avoid it
Natalie is great! So patient...has looked at dozens of homes for us! I highly recommend!
I am horrified by this place being allowed to deal with children of any age! My child was humiliated in front of a group of around 25 people. She was shown a step to do in an awards ceremony once and 5 minutes later expected to do it to perfection in front of everyone at a belt presentation. Of course she could not remember it and "Mr Harvey proceeded to make her repeat it about 30 times until she was in tears! Never once did he think to teach by example, which in fact is his class creed! These instructors should not be allowed to bully children! Also, be sure a criminal background check is done before choosing a studio to study with!
When my son started with Harvey's Karate he was withdrawn and lonely. Mr Harvey has taught him to hold his head up and be confident in all he does.
The previous comment was biased. Harveys Karate has always taught discipline, respect and honor. He allows those children do as they please because he is teaching the kids who WANT to learn. Harvey's builds character and loyalty. Harvey helps out the community and is a parent figure for many kids. If you want to learn Karate that will keep you healthy, teaches you real life concepts and is fun call Harveys Karate and try a free class. Then make up your own mind=)
Mr. Harvey is good at teaching adults. However, he lacks the ability to truely motivate his kids though.In my opinion he should not be teaching children himself. He is mean, condesending and rude the children The majority of the time. Insulting them with name calling. I am not sure if he thinks that will build character or what with the kids. They are children for goodness sake. They should not be leaving class crying. In addition there is lttle to no discipline for many of the kids. Those students who decide to be rude, disrespectful, just not want to participate that day are typically allowed to stay on the floor and set a very poor example for other students. However his other full Instructors, Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Harvey are great with the kids, and provide a much more disciplined class for the kids.
I had given Steve Green a deposit on some windows ($1150) in March. He kept putting me off and putting me off until finally in July he said that he wouldn't be able to get to them. It is now almost October and I have yet to see one dime from Steve Green. I have been forced to take legal action. I'm sure this is not the first time that he has been sued with the way that he handles his business. At ALL cost please avoid Steve Green with C&S Remodeling. Just check his BBB rating. F.
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.