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.
300 Vernon AveBrooklyn, NY 11206
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
If you are a parent that is involed with your child. Do not enroll your child here. The owner, Ms Welcome...is not welcoming at all. She has an ego problem. She always manages to push away parents inquires, no checks and balances and if a parent doesnt just drop the kids off and pick them up she gets upset. They dont want you to use the very same e-mail that they have on there website to communicate to them if your working. They try there best not to document anything, so they can get away with fraud. She was mad that I told the payment department that the kids went on vacation for a week, so she cant still get that check. a few days later she decided to drop the kids from the program without warning. Someone so disposable should not run a business handling children.
This place is a nightmare!!!!! The lack of supervision is atrocious, teachers constantly on their phones, their staff turn around is at the highest, they have no consistency. Different people every time you drop your child. The Director is only present 2 or 3 times a week, the owner hardly is ever there and the certified teacher is only present like twice a week. The "teachers" yell at the kids most of the day, they have no control of the kids and they have the TV on. Kids are not separated by age group and although it has a gate to separate them they are all mixed together. They do not follow a curriculum, they do not provide a daily schedule and you only see projects for holiday occasions. Their back yard is filthy filled with bugs that bit my child and left her marks. The teachers do not have a system to communicate with each other nor the parents. If you make a stink about it they will then attempt for a week or two to correct the problem and then make the same mistake again. They can never give you a report of your child's day. They have played the system. I am surprised DOH/OCFS has not shut down this place. If you want a place to drop your kid and suffer all kinds of psychological issues, this is the place to do so. I unfortunately needed a place and picked this one. BIG MISTAKE!!! Took my child out of this place and regret registering her there.
I would leave ZERO stars if I could but I will instead list the several issues I've had with this daycare since my daughter's placement-Timeliness: Routinely opens late and occasionally not at without advance communication. -Poor communication: I was accustomed to receiving weekly newsletters or updates regarding the curriculum at my daughter's first daycare site and we received nothing of the sort here. Any events/shows/etc. are shouted at you during pickup and nothing is written down (They do not even provide receipts)Professionalism: I've had several issues with staff and professionalism including a Van driver making an inappropriate comment regarding my daughter's weight and a worker leaving her son, a stranger, in charge of opening the daycare. When I questioned her about his qualifications and voiced my concerns seeing as I had never seen him opening up the daycare I was called unprofessional. We pulled my daughter immediately following this incident. While this establishment does provide a decent education, they leave much to be desired in terms of professionalism and timeliness.
This is an astounding new private school and preschool in Fort Greene, downtown Brooklyn. Led by a former Columbia professor, they have put together a team of exceptional teachers and a curriculum that combines strong academics With world-class music and performing arts. Perfect for creative kids and those who favor a whole child approach to education.
Need to replace new 8-8 foot long granite steps, i called Rafi for this job he was friendly and professional, done the job 3 days,and my front house look so beautiful,my neighbors still saying good words even its been 3 weeks now, very nice job, i love to step on my steps
They just did an excellent cement job for me . And they are very professional and sincere persons .I want to highly recommend them for any kind of construction work .
Please DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE. They have unqualified teachers, they have bad teacher turn over rate. The food is not well prepared and not good. My nephew went to this school and my sister was so mad on how they handle their business. The daycare only eat soup everyday. Where is the 900 a month money going to because it's not the food. The Owner is rude and so is the Educational Director , She has no clue what she is doing. The gave my nephew chocolate pudding with cheese for breakfast and hot dog with no bun with hash brown and half of the bun for chicken paddy. If you want quality education this is not the school for your child. I recently found out that the department of health keep showing up. I don't know why this school is still in business they really don't care about the children like they claim. My sister had to withdraw him from this place. PLEASE FIND ANOTHER PLACE .
I got this guy after searching many people. Yes i had great price and best job done. thank you Mr. Mowla
This daycare does not provide healthy meals for my child. My daughter told me that she had cookies and chocolate pudding for breakfast. Another time she told me she had animal crackers for breakfast. She is not given any food during the afternoon and she is there all day. The staff are friendly. The educational director is very rude and unprofessional. There is a high teacher turnover rate at this daycare. This shows that something it happening in the school. I suggest bringing your child to another daycare.
Nice school; clean and professional. Owners where very nice and know what they want for the children in their facility and that is to learn and be reading for kindergarten.
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.