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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.
2020 Rutland Dr Ste BAustin, TX 78758
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From Business: There's never been a better time to transform you home with Champion of Austin! Think of us as a one-stop shop for everything you need to beautify your home's exterior: windows, sunrooms, siding, and doors. Only Champion offers the superior energy efficiency of Comfort 365 Windows, industry-leading limited lifetime guarant…
14152 Fm 1826Austin, TX 78737
From Business: Established in 1992, Roadway Specialties is a contractor that offers a range of construction services. It specializes in the installation of erosion control, silt fence and tree protection systems. The company also installs rock filter dams and inlet protection, seeding, sodding, soil retention blanket, gabion, retention p…
Serving the Austin Area.
We had Alpha Omega bid and install replacement windows for us. We were very pleased with the professionalism of Manuel. He was prompt with the estim…
925 N Highway 183Liberty Hill, TX 78642
From Business: AAR Inc. Offers a Full Range of Environmental & General Construction Services to Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Sites. ASSOCIATION National Demolition Assoc. Assoc. for Professionals in Infection Control
14955 Bulverde RdSan Antonio, TX 78247
From Business: The GERLOFF Company is experienced in damage assessment. Demolition requirements assessment and the spectrum of repair services necessary to restore damaged facilities and its contents. The Company offers fire and water restoration. Interior and exterior reconstruction. Structural cleaning and deodorization. It offers a ON…
325 E State Highway 29Bertram, TX 78605
From Business: ACA Appliance and Air Conditioning services, maintains and repairs household appliances found in the kitchen, garage, laundry room and the rest of your home. We also specialize in the Repair & Replacement of Air Conditioning and Heating Units. Fully Insured, HVAC licensed, EPA and NATE Certified Air Conditioning, Heating a…
PO Box 66633Austin, TX 78766
We used the Vice Brothers for two major renovations / additions on our home. Without the use of an architect,the work looked like it was original to the house. Theywere timely, dependable, responsive, tidy, pleasent, and did beautiful work. We love both of our projects, one now at least 9 yrs. o…
11804 N Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78753
From Business: *"A" Rated Liability Insurance and Bonding by U.S. Treasury Listed Surety *One of Austin's Oldest & Largest *Fast Free Estimates A Division of Southwest Constructors, Inc.
511 Thompson LnAustin, TX 78742
From Business: History Walls and All, Inc., was organized in 1977 in Austin, Texas. The company evolved as a satellite office of the Houston based Southwest Drywall Firm and has enjoyed much success in the Austin area. Most of the people who started with Walls and All, Inc., in 1977 are still with the company today offer skill, experienc…
5214 Burleson RdAustin, TX 78744
The remodel went easy! Allieds crew showed up on time, communicated with me when needed and cleaned up their mess when finished! What more could I ask for.. I remodeled my kitchen, upgraded the cabinets, counters, tile and lighting. It took a total of 3 weeks for the entire project to be complet…
9802 Teasdale TerAustin, TX 78753
From Business: Our services include home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions, painting, interior and exterior painting, chimney repair, plumbing, electrical services, carpet installation, and floor installation. Our experts specialize in providing our services to owners of residential or commercial properties. We…
San Antonio, TX 78238
ON 5 MAY 2015, WE SIGNED A CONTRACT TO INSTALL 68 PIERS AND PAID FOR 68 PIERS, $58,403. THE WARRANTY DATED, 11 AUGUST 2015, STATED ONLY 64 PIERS WERE INSTALLED. I BELIEVE WE ARE DUE A REFUND OF $3,435 ($858 TIMES 4 PIERS). WE NEVER HAVE RECEIVED A REFUND AND A LETTER EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENCE…
115 W Mcintyre StEdinburg, TX 78541
From Business: Melden & Hunt is one of the leading providers of civil engineering and surveying services throughout southern Texas. Founded in 1947, it is an engineering consulting firm that offers planning, design and construction management services. The firm performs a range of engineering services, including water and wastewater trea…
2955 S Interstate 35New Braunfels, TX 78130
From Business: Chem-Dry by the Millers carpet cleaning services are based on the three pillars we believe are a vital part to providing customers with the safe, long lasting, quality carpet cleaning they deserve.
2009 Flour Bluff DrCorpus Christi, TX 78418
From Business: Cubit Contracting, LLC is a medium-sized commercial / residential company with locations in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Beaumont. Cubit has been fortunate to be awarded some initial sizable contracts for several projects. Local contacts and competitive pricing should propel rapid growth for the company. Mission Cubit C…
Serving the Austin Area.
From Business: Able House Leveling & Foundation Repair is the South Texas' go-to foundation contractor, providing residential and light commercial services to clients. With more…
14500 Ranch Road 12 Ste 18Wimberley, TX 78676
From Business: Dale Lowden Excavating provides commercial work including subdivisions, utilities, site preparations, roads, detention ponds, lakes and dams. Call us today at (512) 842-1307 to discuss your upcoming construction project. Serving Central Texas For More Than 30 Years.
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Our HOA used Reconstruction Experts to replace our roofs and windows after a hail storm. First, the workers were not at all professional and I honestly did not feel comfortable at all with them in my house. That I can look past though and is not why I'm writing this review.The first issue, and again I wouldn't have taken the time to write a review for this is that they didn't even know which of my windows they were supposed to be replacing and ended up ripping out the wrong one... They brought in a new one to replace the old one and it was about a foot too short. Eventually they procured a window that was the right height but it is not a 100% match to my old windows. The top of the sliding piece of glass is not at the same level as on my other windows and the white "lattice" bars inside the window are a different style. So they ripped out my perfectly good window only to replace it with one that doesn't match the rest.Like I said though, that wasn't why I'm writing this review. I'm writing this review because of the dryer vent they installed and their piss poor customer service after screwing that up too. They used a cheap hood with a wire mesh grill for the dryer vent. I of course didn't know this until my dryer stopped drying and I had to call out a handyman that could figure out what was wrong and fix it. When he got up on the roof he saw that though the dryer vent clearly stated in both english and spanish that "wire grill must be removed if using as a dryer vent", the wire mesh was still there. As you can imagine, lint got stuck on it and completely blocked the flow from my dryer. This service cost $250 which reconstruction experts has not reimbursed me after over a year of fighting. Their excuse? "We haven't been paid in full by your HOA so we can't reimburse you." Please tell me how that is my fault or problem. You screwed up (basically everything you did) and you should fix the problem/make the customer happy. I am very far from happy...
DO NOT SIGN A CONTRACT with this builder! They are corrupt to the core! I signed a contract with them which included earnest money three years ago...they now REFUSE to build my house! I am not the only one with this complaint...they have no regard for their customers and no honor in an agreement.
Who ever drives the work f150 drives very wreckless and all over the road. This person was speeding 45 mph over the speed limit. Very pour advertising on ya'lls part.
Cottonwood Custom Homes built our unique 5000 sq ft home in the hill country outside Austin. From the earliest planning stages through the final touches on our project, he consistently went above and beyond anything we could have expected to ensure that our home was not only picture perfect, but was exactly and precisely what we wanted. From choosing the perfect build site on our 7 acres to suggesting a loft area to link the kids' rooms, Cottonwood contributed not only solid practical ability in building and managing our project, but also creative and aesthetic ideas that dramatically improved our house. They patiently worked through each of our exacting requirements, and insisted that every worker on the project get every detail perfect. They even went so far as to take over managing the pool construction (at no extra charge, though it was beyond the scope of his contract) when the poolbuilders proved incompetent, just to be sure we weren't left with an unfinished or substandard outcome. This amount of detail and care for their customers make Cottonwood Custom Homes a premier builder.
Having worked with Cottonwood for the past several years, I have first-hand knowledge of the honesty, integrity and professionalism the company displays with each and every client served. The systems and processes that Cottonwood utilizes make the building experience organized and enjoyable for the client as well as anyone else involved with the project. Every time I work with Cottonwood, I know that the project will be finished on time and to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
“Chameleon Overhead Doors helped me to maintain my garage door in Austin TX. They charged me a very low cost and they works accurately, efficiency and securely. I am glad to work with them. I genuinely recommend this service in future.”
Dave was one of the. Nicest people I ever met in the service industry. I thought I could install my door myself and did a fairly good job but I need help on some things I wasn't sure about and he came running. And I got to keep my right arm. Great experience!
Wonderful experience with Chameleon Overhead Doors Austin. On time, fair estimates and price, good quality work, cleaned up when complete, fully explained all features and options. Would highly recommend.
Be aware before you buy!I don't want you guys have the same issue as mine. I have waited new house for six months in East side of Austin.My wife and I were extremely excited for new house. But Sales associate of Centex in Austin, called us today (he has barely called us even when we ask him about house several times) and said we had to change our closing date again due to stove issue although closing date has been changed three times already and all appliances worked fine during our final walk. I was wondering why the stove had issue and he called us a day before closing date. When I went to our new house to see if it had other issue after phone call, broken glasses were around back yard. There has been broke in and both stove and microwave were stolen. The gate of backyard didn't have lock(the backyard gate and garage had locks on before final walk), so I guess thief came through that. The sales associate lied to us and hide what happened to our house. Also, he said Centex is not responsible for our house and extra moving expense now. We all know buying new house is stressful. So it should finish like great smiles from Centex advertisement to offset hard time at the end. However, is it really only thing we can do now is complaining at final survey about crew of Centex? Is it what Centex wants from customers? I have all pictures, texts, Emails, and documents from day 1. I can share if one of you guys want to see what happen to us. We have had multiple issues other than this theft issue. I hope other people can smile rather than having huge mental stress like us. Thanks for reading
Terrible. We just purchased our first home this summer and not knowing the process i felt nervous on picking an inspector who might do things the he has done. Kit left out several major items in our inspection. One of them being we have had to hire an electrician and will have to do repair on drywall and cabinets because he missed a major illegal electrical cord install in a bathroom. After we noticed it the home was already ours and little we could do. So i contacted kit to ask him what we could do. Sent him pictures and had several text and phone conversations. One of them being him offering us our inspection fee we paid him back. That would have been great if he actually did that. That was 5 weeks ago. He has said on 4 different occasions that "he'll get that check sent out to me" After the money we've had to pay after the fact, that could have been taken care of by the previous owners is now our headache if only kit would have just noticed it in the first place. I would rethink your options and pick someone else.
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.