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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.
6836 Fm 2244 Rd Ste 112Austin, TX 78746
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12007 Technology BlvdAustin, TX 78727
Dr. Scott Spann has done wonders for me. Often times (over the many years) my sense of humor did seem to befuddle him. He fixed my heel tendon, fused a double layer of lumbar (I teased him about wanting him to implant AA breasts, but alas), tried & tried again at a stubborn rotator cuff. An…
1302 N Cuernavaca DrAustin, TX 78733
Disrespectful and a burden to our peaceful neighborhood. Let me explain! The westlake crossfit business owner operates in a neighborhood. This meaning it is in a warehouse surrounded by houses on all sides and causes constant noise problems. From the heavy weights dropping, to the ridiculous …
4100 Westbank DrAustin, TX 78746
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3801 N Capital Of Texas Hwy Ste F-110Austin, TX 78746
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Austin, TX 78748
WOW!!! I am completely amazed at what these guys were able to do with my outdoor patio areas, and windows. I have contacted 3 other companies in Austin over the past 4 years to clean my pool deck and limestone areas. I was satisfied every time. This year I chose to go with WESTLAKE POWER WASHING…
4613 Bee Caves Road, Suite 101Austin, TX 78746
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4201 Westbank DrAustin, TX 78746
They are so sweet in this quaint little store. They have modern and traditional items and wonderful deals! I try to go there on a weekly basis as they have new items all the time. This is especially a great place if you are looking for large furniture items like couches and so forth.
11410 Jollyville RdAustin, TX 78759
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2712 Bee Caves Rd Ste 114Austin, TX 78746
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360 Nueces StAustin, TX 78701
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3800 N Lamar Blvd Ste 155Austin, TX 78756
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
After being accepted into the community, with an initial payment of over $5000, my mother was moved out in the middle of the night for a non-emergancy concern to a hospital of their choosing, after only 5 days. She spent the next month at this facility as Brookdale would not allow her to return due to a non stageable minor sore on her skin. Brookdale stated that they were not able to maintain her with this concern. She was abused at the hospital they sent her to and after a month we moved her out to another care home as Brookdale would not have her back. During her absence from Brookdale, she was re-evaluated several times(even though she was not present) and charges were added to her standard billing to the tune of $1600+ per month. We refused to pay any cost and Brookdale continued to charge us for services that could not have occured. Billing was sent to collections and we under disbelief, had to pay after threats of legal action. She was at the Brookdale facility for 5 days and we lost a total of approx. $14000.This is an unethical and total criminal enterprise, in my opinion. STAY AWAY AT ALL COST.
Brookdale facilities neglect their residents terribly. Plenty listed on line to google. RESEARCH yourself and do not put your loved one in their facility! Read consumeraffairs.com and the BBB, 2 of MANY. My Mother was at Lehman’s Crossing for physical therapy following a major stomach surgery. She was not greeted upon arrival nor saw anyone until late. She pushed the call button for help to restroom but no one came. She made it in pain to the restroom on her own where she had a diarrhea episode and pulled the EMERGENCY cord but NOBODY EVER came. She was never offered any type of bathing and in 7 days and 6 nights her bedding was NEVER changed, despite possibility of infection and bacteria with her incision. There were no bed rails to help her move in the bed and every time she pushed a call button she was ignored. She was told by 3 different people, 3 different times, they’d bring bed rails, of course no one ever did. There is yet ANOTHER class action lawsuit against Brookdale due to neglect amongst other terrible allegations in court now. How long are they going to be allowed to remain open, treating people so inhumanely? I love my elders and plan to continue to speak out and warn all that I can.
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.
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
Never answer the phone, The park on whitehurst apts in Dallas have pretty bad managment team, I lost my deposit money $275 they refunded prorated rent amount, Apt wasnt even ready, i being trying to get in touch with this company to get soemting resolved and no answer. I already file a consumer complaint and will do whatever it takes to get my money back.
Run far away from Innovative (Brian and Dan)!!! They put a pool in for us in 2014. Unfortunately, in 2016 the pool already had to be replastered... AND converted from salt water generator ((which they upsold us on)) to a chlorine dispenser. The salt was destroying our stone, and shedding like crazy. The stone that they sold us was inappropriate for use with salt water systems. So we lost the $2000 that we paid for a salt water system. Additionally, the plaster was installed with air pockets, and unsightly calcium deposits were seen all over the pool/spa. Brian (on the RARE chances we could get ahold of him) denied that there was a problem, and eventually stated that the deposits were our fault. He was of no help in our needed renovation. He is lucky that he is not being sued. However, that may be necessary. Please see my photos. This "company" demonstrates the classic take your money, and then leave you hanging nightmare.
After two weeks of reminding him to submit the estimate to insurance and rudeness towards my wife, we switched contractors. He lacks all levels of professionalism and promptness. I have no clue at his expertise because I never got to engage with him despite multiple attempts to connect from me, my wife, and the insurance company. I never knew it was that hard to give someone a time table and engage with some level of kindness. Especially when you are rude to my wife, the job is over and we are moving on.
Henry & I would like to thank two of the most nicest, caring & most generous people, Tim & Christine Bowen, owners of Austin Roofing and Construction.Due to much added expense because of Henry's illness, we could not afford to replace our very leaky roof. Austin Roofing came in & donated a full roof. Henry, a retired US Navy Vietnam Veteran & myself will be forever grateful.May GOD'S Blessing's forever shine on you & your family.GOD Bless America.Henry & Nina Klipple
Hired this company for a complete build out of a retail clothing store...discovered early on that Texerra Construction, LLC of Austin cuts every corner possible and uses cheap non-sustainable material. They also claim to have an experienced staff, however, in actuality they leverage inexperienced day laborers evident by the flooding of the entire store just before opening as they did not know how to install a fire sprinkler head. To add insult, they refused to pay for the damages and we barely heard from them again! Look elsewhere for your construction needs...
I have done business with Austin for many years and they have been nothing but helpful, knowledgeable and very customer service oriented.
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.