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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.
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Five stars! Great team to work with! The works were on time and clean, also they work with us. We had all of windows replace and the two outer doors. We are very happy with there work.Really nice people and nice service. Good job guys. Highly recommended!!
Great experience from beginning to end!Put out a call to roofers and Eaves was the first to respond. I set up a free estimate with them and 2 other companies. Evelyn from Eaves Roofing called me first, was professional, answered my questions, and set an appointment for a free estimate. The other two places who contacted me (1 via phone, the other via text) were fast, distracted, and didn't answer any of my questions...On the morning of the free estimate, Eaves Roofing was on time. I was surprised to see the owner, Evelyn, with the crew that came. While the crew were inspecting my roof, she answered more of my questions, which was nice. She actually acted like she wanted the job! Im sorry, but I have dealt with many roofers in the past, and generally they act like they have a 3 alarm fire to get to, and treat questions with irritation at best. Evelyn was very nice, and her crew was very competent. In no time Jesus and Sal came down from my roof, and gave me several options for repair... which was also refreshing. Usually roofers only give you one choice. Anyway, I was provided several options, the cost for each, and Jesus's opinion on the best way to go. I was provided a written estimate on the spot.After checking on Evelyns, and Eaves Roofing, license I selected them. There bid was very competitive, they made the best showing, and pretty much I all around liked them best. We scheduled the work to start right away. They quoted 4 to 5 days for completion, and indeed finished on time, on budget! I was ecstatic!When the work was finished, I met them at the job to inspect. Great work! I couldn't have been more thrilled! They took and old, worn out flat roof, and completely transformed it.In closing, Ill say that this was one of the easiest interactions with a contractor that I have ever had- and some of the best communication.I will definitely recommend Eaves Roofing, and use them again in the future. Great job guys!
Thieves, did a small job for good money, complained about the agreed price and left with my own tools. called 3 times for their return, mailed but nothing. Had to go to the police to submit petty theft claim.Not the kind of people I would do business with again
12$ hour for labor work U risk your life on those roofs The workers have no respect for each other I told the manager so many times that some forman whas harassing me and they dnt due nothing About it I could of called osha on them I worked days I wasn't supposed to work And for 12$ he'll naw and the people who sitt down and get contract n talk to the owner win more then the labor work .. U got to b kidding me That's y all the good workers leave .
Communication is horrible. They stand you up, never call back, and take FOREVER to get things done. A waste of time and money. Go somewhere else. I have been trying to get my windows fixed for over 8 MONTHS! At this point there should be some legal housing issues with my HOA for not getting this done sooner but I am at the mercy of this company who has no desire to treat customers as human beings. Sadly, I would never recommend them and I will also be contacting the BBB.
We were cold-called by Everlast and because we were in the market for the product they were offering we invited them to make a bid.Although we did not end up doing business with them this time, everyone we dealt with from Everlast exhibited the highest levels of integrity and courtesy. These guys are the real deal.
Repeated spam telephone sales, even to people on DO NOT CALL LIST, please report them each time, they will be fined out of business in no time at all.
ok so they are lucky to get even one star, i only gave them that because i have to choose one. so this guy alex comes to my house to try to convince me and my fiancé that they are the best in the nation and mind you this is the second time they have come to us, they are friendly at first but as soon as you don't like the price they get attitude and become very disrespectful. if they ever call or stop by to try and sell you anything don't do it. they sell windows, a/c, paint. i had a bad experience both times they came to my house but jokes on them because i live in fontana ca and they came from Anaheim twice hahaha. and i did call their office and let them know how rude they are. and all the "manager Dave " had to say is that he was going to hang up on me instead of trying to make this right and at least apologize for having such a pile of crap reps.
we recommend Everlast. We has the pleasure of working with Everlast on the replacemnt of our air conditioning/ heater and attic insulation. We have a older home so doing any kind of home improvements is challenging. Throughout the course of the air conditioner project the installers were consummate professionals. Our job was done with care and passion. The crew was extremely clean and tidy , theu never left the worksite in disarray. We have a wonderful outcome, out 1950's house is now energy effienct. We can recemmend Everlast without reservation.
I just wanted to say Thank you, we love our new windows everyone said they look very nice. we are so happy with them. Thanks again
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.