We highly recommend DiPierro Construction Inc.. They initially helped us out with a kitchen remodel, which included an expansion with foundation work. Subsequently we have had them completely remodel (transform) two bathrooms and an office. They has additionally completed various upgrades and built-ins throughout our house. We love our house and there is a big part of why we like it so much! They have integrity, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and strong visualization skills. The quality of their work is unmatched, partly because of their previous experience. They are strong communicators and team members while on the job and will take the time to discuss important decisions that may not be on your blueprints. They know that these decisions will impact your enjoyment and use for years to come. DiPierro Construction Inc. team was always friendly, trustworthy, prompt, and courteous and cleaned up at the end of each day.
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When we decided to renovate our kitchen and great room, we knew how important it was to choose the right company. Thankfully we chose DiPierro Construction Inc. and we couldn't be happier. The estimate was accurate, the work was exceptional and it was truly a great working relationship with them. The entire experience was so enjoyable that we renovated our master bathroom the following year. Our project was done on time and within the agreed upon budget. They made it easy for us to enjoy the process by making sure that our project went smoothly. They took responsibility for problems and they always came up with solutions that worked. We'd highly recommend DiPierro Construction Inc. to anyone who wants to be certain that their project is successful!
We are writing this letter to you to say thank you for everything you and DiPierro Construction Inc. did for us while building our first home. You made the whole building experience an enjoyable and exciting time in our lives. We appreciate the speed and quality that went into building our home, along with no broken promises or unresolved problems. We entered our new house feeling good about everything DiPierro Construction Inc. did to insure that our decision to build a new home was the right choice. We would, without hesitation, recommend DiPierro Construction Inc.to anyone who is in the market for building a new home
I just got back from my PRP+Acell procedure. My experience was wonderful, I don’t feel any pain and there’s no redness. The procedure lasted about an hour and I watched tv and relaxed the whole time. It was really like going to get lab work done and visiting the hairstylist all wrapped up in one! The nurses were so nice and have great bed side manner. The doctor explained everything as he went along and it was definitely very comforting to see his confidence in this procedure. I will refer all my friends to Dr. Kahen. This was truly a great experience and I can’t wait to see him in four months.
DiPierro Construction Inc. and their top notch crew of electricians, fabricators, demolishers, painters, and installers are the best! They're always a pleasure to have in our home, whether it is to remodel our kitchen, to install new front doors, or to replace old deck railing. We discuss the cost and work schedule beforehand, they show up when they're supposed to, do a quality job, finish within their timeline, and leave our home as clean as possible on a daily basis. DiPierro Construction Inc. is our first choice for home improvements and repair.
I stay with DiPierro Construction! Over the years numerous projects, both large and small, have been completed successfully by teams of well-qualified craftsmen. They amazed me with the knowledge, speed, and preciseness. They has my great appreciation for the outstanding carpentry skill and they patience in making sure all they work, whether simple or very intricate, is done ‘just right’. They create special and intricate design features to tie new construction seamlessly into the whole home restoration project. Thanks to DiPierro Constructions.
The Dipierro Construction was an overwhelming success on all facets. Fast track, escalating materials cost, design in progress or complete lack of design did not stop the momentum. Quality subcontractors helped in a big way. The focus on maintaining cost and schedule momentum was imperative on this project. All the hard work paid off, ahead of schedule and under budget. An amazing feat considering all the obstacles the project team had. Tight communication and a solid team effort made this a reality. Hats off to Dipierro Construction
We loved working with DiPierro Construction Inc.. They were right on time every morning, were very easy to work with and did a phenomenal job! They were every day and was always available to discuss changes and exactly what was going on with the job. We lived in our garage and upstairs during an extensive remodel of our kitchen and all of our major living areas and we still managed to enjoy the remodel process working with DiPierro Construction Inc. and their crew. We would not hesitate to work with them again and highly recommend.
We found DiPierro Construction Inc for our room division and deck project. It's pleasure to work with and his team. They are all very honest people and so easy to talk to even when asked to do 'not so smart' projects. They explained to me very patiently how everything is done and also gave me great advises and solutions. I never felt that they are strangers in my house. Instead, I feel kind sad know the project is almost over and they are not going to show up anymore. Anyway, I like to thank the entire team . I love you, guys!
Dipierro Construction did a great job with our house remodel. From design to carpentry, they had the people to do what our job required. They could be flexible with the size of the work crew - assigning one or two people to install cabinets, but bringing in a crew of 8 when our roof with custom-cut angles had to be raised a few hours ahead of a thunderstorm. They were considerate of our budget and schedule. They knew I didn’t want to be left over the weekend without a sink.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.