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.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
I am living in this community from last three years, and never faced any issue. Two year in 51C and one year in 41E. And a week back when I left 41E and moved to 71E they have put $1075 charge to clean apartment 41E, I mean what the hell is this. This is complete one month rent for me, and after talking to them and convening them they had only one answer - you have to pay...you have to pay. I have complaint them many time about the tap leakage in master bathroom due to which bath tub is ruined. For their mistake I have to pay this huge amount now.I will never recommend this community to any one and if you are already living here be careful.
I lived at the Prato for 3 years. It is a great place to live. I was moving from out of state and had wanted a safe place to stay near work. Christina in particular was very helpful and assisted me through my move. The complex is gated and mostly professionals and Tech students. The staff are friendly, caring and considerate. It is just like family! I loved it so much, I moved within the complex 3 times. I moved due to a new job and the Atlanta commute.Before my move, I still had time on my lease. I approached them and requested they work with me on an early release due to my new job. Not only were they understanding, they worked with me to ensure a smooth move. These days it is hard to get a leasing company to treat you like family and they did. If you are looking for a home away from home, this is the place to be.
Bed Bugs!!! Roaches!!! Rats!!!! Can’t Bar B Que or you will be put out!!! Never Never Never come fix Anything!!!!
Best value in O4W/Midtown! The community is great. The apartments are modern, the team at the Prato has amazing landscaping and the complex looks beautiful year round. The maintenance team is prompt and always goes the extra mile. The team at the office is down-to-earth, responsive, helpful and really just great people. Great amenities on site. The location is pretty unbeatable - easy access to 75/85, and just a short drive away from Ponce City Market and more. I ended up living at the Prato for just over 3 years, and had a really great time. The value for the location is unbeatable. The team at the Prato - everyone from the leasing office to the maintenance crew - are wonderful. It's tough to leave a place when the people are so great. The grounds are really well kept, and there are 2 pools which makes for an excellent summer retreat. Unlike other places I've visited, you won't get a frat-vibe at the Prato. Everyone is respectful and friendly, making it a pleasant place to live. I highly recommend The Prato for anyone new to Atlanta, and to anyone that wants to be close to the Beltline and PCM without the high prices.
The new Ponce city Market was once the old Sear Roebuck company. I believe it was restored in 2013/2014 its now a mix use space (work,play live) its an absolute must see if your from here and remember what the old historic building looked like before. I especially enjoyed strolling down their modern new sleek food court. I came here for the food :P but they have many great choices, in retail stores as well..
Can't beat the location. And affordable with such a great location. The lofts are great unique spaces. Really liked living here. Despite other reviews, I found management very easy, nice and experienced no problems at all.
Okay update: now we under new management team and New owners! Mr. Jermaine (management) is clock work- right on time! OMGoodness WOW 11/03/2017 The place is quiet and the grounds are kept clean. You must come to see and talk with the new management Mr. Jermaine or call 404 530 0100
Rated them "Not the worst" because I'm sure there are others out there who are worse.Homeowner for nearly 3 years. Very unresponsive to questions. Although some employees are great (Kenea on the phone), they do not respond to questions about our subdivision in even close to a timely fashion; if they respond at all.We may drop them as our management agent because we (my neighbors and I) are SO dissatisfied with their customer service.As an example, they dinged me for non-compliance for leaving trash cans out when I don't even have any trash cans and then wanted me to dispute the issue with my Board of Directors. I question how well trained their "inspectors" are.
Worst place ever .....! I waited for 3 months to be prolonged again. Property manger has no customer service skills. Is never there and does not do her job. Although the agent in the office is nice , she can only do so much. I have been waiting to hear from the property manger or Corporate regarding my refund for my deposit. Such an inconvenience . Corporate doesn't answer your calls the manager is never in I have to take off of work to go to the office to speak with some one . I wasn't even shown a unit!!!! DO NOT GO HERE SADLEY THE LOWEST RATING I CAN GIVE IS 1
I had the privilege of renting a gorgeous apartment from Shamrock Gardens with a view to an open field and plenty of daylight. The apartment was very clean, everything worked, and due to the security, friendliness of neighbors, and its location I and my family felt safe. I found that the rent was reasonable and landscaping to be awesome and well maintained. The management team here is the best one in Southwest Atlanta, they do an amazing job and were available to answer any questions that I had. I really recommend them for anyone who values security, location, and aesthetic beauty. They even have eco friendly appliances and faucet.
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.