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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.
Austin, TX 78703
From Business: Lawn & garden care service by an experienced gardener with several combined years of horticulture studies and agriculture/organic gardening experience. Susana prefers organic gardening because she believes it creates a balanced ecosystem which is healthier for your lawn and garden and all the creatures who contribute to ma…
432 Celery LoopAustin, TX 78748
From Business: We do everything you need to get done outdoors. We are your one stop shop for lawn care weed control, pest control. We also do pressure washing leaf pickup, christmas lights, gutter cleanouts, and more. We serve Austin TX, Kyle TX, Buda TX, and Dripping Springs TX.
2435 Eastwood LnRound Rock, TX 78664
They are professional and polite. They showed up ahead of the scheduled appointment time. They made my five year old carpets look brand new. I lease my spare bedrooms out to travelers and business professionals. My current guest told me how amazed he was and that the carpets look brand new. I ha…
701 Brazos StAustin, TX 78701
Andy came out and ran power to a workshop for us. Out of the 3 bids I got (Called about 6 but only got 3 to show up) Andy was the cheapest. He was here when he said was would be and did a great job. I would highly recommend Lightning Volts. There's a reason for the 5 star reviews.
7703 N Lamar Blvd Ste 680Austin, TX 78752
When it comes to roof repairs, you're looking for three things: a good job, a good price; and a good experience.Quality Austin Roofing Services deliver on all three. I appreciated the expertise they brought to the job by conducting a thorough walk through (complete with digital photos) and caref…
6329 Avery Island AveAustin, TX 78727
Britanie Olvera and her team did a fantastic job of the make-ready on our home in preparation for putting in on the market. After living in the home for 11 years, there were a lot of things that needed to be done to update and freshen it up. Britanie was extremely helpful in pointing us to the…
3212 Barton View DrAustin, TX 78735
Austin Professional Tree Service is an amazing company! They did a beautiful job and the price was right! I would definitely use them again. The owner is a hunk too... ;-)
7302 Elm Forest RdAustin, TX 78745
We've used J-Conn twice. Once was for a repair and most recently for a full roof replacement. Erin worked most closely with me, but everyone was always so professional and helpful. We had issues with our insurance company approving the job and then reimbursing us for the full job once the job w…
Austin, TX 78717
Thanks You Austin Best Remodeling and handyman service Rodrick and his team just finished my house remodel and I could not have asked for more they finished on timeon the set dead line and my house is just what they promised me beautiful thanks guys
2303 Pebble Beach DrAustin, TX 78747
Aspen Tree Service did an outstanding job removing over 10 acres of cedar trees off our property. The owner Rob Williamson an his crew were professional and got the job done on time as stated in the contract. We have already referred Aspen Tree Service to several of our friends and plan to use…
9475 E Highway 290Austin, TX 78724
From Business: ABC Home & Commercial Services offers a variety of services in different cities throughout the south including – Austin, Bryan/College Station, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Offerings include pest management, rodent & wildlife removal, plumbing, heating & air contractors, and lawn care services. ABC serves both residenti…
Austin, TX 78729
From Business: Glad that you chose A&R Service Pluse! Ruth and Anthony have many years of experience In these fields. We cover the local area of Austin. Our crew works fast and efficiently, while always putting the customer first. Give us a call for any Cleaning, Home maintenance, HVAC, and Home Services Needs and will gladly get you on …
7624 Tecoma CirAustin, TX 78735
From Business: Our mission is to provide stellar customer service, safe quality workmanship, and reliable trustworthy service to our local Austin neighbors. Local-Pro is locally owned and operated in Austin, Texas. We offer a vast service offering to our commercial and residential clients. If you need something done, we can help.
Austin, TX 78748
I have had my share of bad experiences with contractors and recently fired my second lawn service company. As luck would have it, I received my DADS Lawn Service flyer on my door and called Duane. I can tell he truly cares about job quality and his customers due to his supervision and follow-up.…
130 Ralph Ablanedo DrAustin, TX 78748
As for my experience with Service Master, I had some flooding in my house and all my flooring and walls needed to be cleaned and dried. They came to my house gave me an estimate and did the job very well. Within the time frame they gave me, the job was done and I've had no problems. And I also d…
3721 Executive Center Dr Ste 201Austin, TX 78731
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Their job performance are excellent. I trusted them to remodel the exterior and interior of my home. Phil and his employees did a great job making my house beautiful again. I definitely recommend this company.
They are professional. They made sure I’m satisfied with their work. The fireplace turned out perfect. Thank you Phil.
Very professional crew, always prompt and very thorough not only in the roof repair but in the cleanup afterward. I highly recommend Dimensional Roofing.
My experience with Dimensional Roofing and Diagnostics was amazing. I had a leak in my roof and they came right away. They were professional and very easy to get in touch with. It was a job extremely well done.
First Class Service!!!Mr. Rivera was courteous, prompt, and professional. I look forward to working with him again. Highly Recommended!!!
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.
I was extremely pleased with the service and professionalism received from Dimensional Roofing. The manager kept me up to date during the entire process and any calls I made with questions were always promptly returned.
Outstanding performance. Dan Ward, I believe is one of the managers, did a fantastic job. He knows what he is talking about and is more than willing to share his experience in a pleasant and easy manor. This is a good company to work with.
I am a native Austinite3 generations of roofing in Austin!!working for myself for 25+ yearsHave over 1500 customers.Thank you Austin
I'm an employee in San Antonio.im having to fight to get my checks from December to now.noone will call me BK and their so called friekn SUPERVISOR ROSALINDA can only tell me she has nothing to do w payroll to call Austin.I have to move due to non payment of rent now and I had no Christmas for my four children.i left hundreds of emails texts and personal vmail on company phone and not one call BK.im so disappointed with them.to my understanding the owner s are planning to change company name and file bankruptcy to avoid paying all the people they owe.funny how the state is paying these people and they pay us out that money then profit the remaining money's yet their checks bounce and can't be cashed just anywhere.Everywhere has them blocked.if anyone is considering working for these people don't.DONT.ITS A JOKE TO THEM.I SUPPOSE YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO JUST GET BURNED AND TREATED LUKE CRAP BY THE AGENCY.Contact Rosalinda if you want to work for her cousins company.shes been handing out flyers at the office in the downlow because of the cameras she said...Whenever anyone from her own agency for in to complain or turn in WASTEBOF timesheets.if u ask me they are pretty f'd up people and it's best to stay away.as far as care services...Well it's up to us how we do and what we do.theres noone ever there to help us with problems or questions w our patients.trash .
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.