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.
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18685 Main St Ste 101 PMB #219Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Very professional and on time. We had a slab leak and he was able to do the entire work to bring back our house to its original state. From plumbing…
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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.
My experience with Sunny has been excellent. He did great exterior painting on my property. He not only guaranteed me a 5 year warranty but also reassured us that we would be getting a fair price.
This is our third time working with Robert and Eric. Job always completed on time. Always takes care of end of day clean up. Friendly and trust worthy workers. Thus last job was a complete kitchen remodeling, and we absolutely love our results. Any issues we had along the way they were very easy to work with. We thank you guys very much and would recommend you to everyone.
Experts from start to finish! We used them years ago for the outside of our home and when we moved, there was no questions who we were calling! They did a fantastic job years ago on our old home and they did a fantastic job on our new home! They scrapped our ceilings, textured all of the walls and ceiling, painted, installed baseboards, installed two windows.... the list just keeps going. There is absolutely no other company that I would recommend! They are professional, do a quality job and are quick! They don't cut corners and are just a great company to work with! Stop looking for another company and contact Robert immediately to have Pro Choice Decor do what they do best... Make your HOME BEAUTIFUL and something you are PROUD OF!
Robert was a pleasure to work with, timely estimate, guys showed up & out performed the time frame that was promised.Including the project being done quicker than promised, the quality was outstanding, they scraped my ceiling, straightened up 50 years of walls, textured, knockdown, sanded and painted, crown and trim. All was done to perfection, and cleanup and protection in other parts of the house that were not included.Highly recommend their services, call Robert if you want a professional job!Sincerely, John S.
I have been using & recommending ProChoice Décor for over 12-years. I am a very cautious & meticulous Realtor, who is often asked if I know reputable General / Building Contractors who specialize in home remodeling, painting, flooring, drywall, home improvements, home repair, maintenance & more. Without hesitation I respond with ProChoice Décor, every time. Robert & the Owner, Eric, are a couple of the best people I know and represent themselves in a very professional manner. On several occasions, I’ve personally witnessed their work; their experience is obvious. Those with whom I’ve recommended ProChoice Décor said they felt confident & comfortable knowing that Robert & Eric were on the job, saying their personality & demeanor reflected they truly cared about their work & their clients. I’ve used ProChoice Décor on my own homes, my mother’s homes, family & friends. I continue to recommend ProChoice Décor to clients & anyone who desires great work at reasonable prices, performed by a hard-working, honest company who has a demonstrated history of delivering anticipated results. I truly cannot say it enough; if you desire the very best in Painters & General Contractors, you absolutely must contact Robert Compton with ProChoice Décor. Use them once and you'll use them for life. Both Robert & Eric are men of great integrity. Eric Nabors, Professional RealtorBS, CAR, NAR, OCAR, CNMS, CNIS, CNAS, CNBSCentury 21 Beachside, RealtorsHuntington Beach Corporate | Mission ViejoCorporate Relocation ExpertMobile: (714) 342-4869BRE License # 01730196Dedicated to you! Committed to Excellence!USAA® Real Estate Rewards Network Preferred AgentCertified Cartus Network Marketing SpecialistCertified Cartus Network Inventory SpecialistCertified Cartus Network Affinity SpecialistCertified Cartus Network Buyer SpecialistCertified WHR Group Relocation AgentCertified SIRVA Relocation AgentEmail: C21@EricNabors.com Website: www.EricNabors.com MEET YOUR NEW NABORS!
Robert is great. Quick! Fast! and Professional!His crew came in and scraped our ceilings, repainted inside and out. Our fixer upper looks and feels brand new. His bid was exceptionally competitive and everything was done with the utmost professionalism. There were no runs in the paint, painted door knobs, or anything like that. There was also no clean up for us after he left. Highly recommended.
I can't say enough about Robert and his team. They were on time, clean and detailed. From the estimate to completion he and his team were great! They moved furniture, covered holes, orange peeled texture in areas where needed and placed double coats of paint on everything they painted including the doors. They removed the stairwell bannister and even central heating/cooling grills and double coated them. Thinking he'd give me another tel. number, I requested crown molding. To my surprise they did that also with ease and perfection. I asked if he new a contractor who did laminate flooring and "BAM!" they did that too. FINALLY:I've had contractors before, but have never dealt with contractors who were so cooperative, kind and thorough. It wasn't hard to make a decision to use them, because the price was right. ADVICE:Book them as soon as you can, they stay busy, but always will find a way to squeeze customers in. In addition; I located them in the "Penny Saver". You won't find them on "Home Advisor" or "Angie's List".
They are wonderful. I have rentals I use them for painting,removing pop corn ceiling and remodeling kitchen and bathrooms and cabinets,wood floors. brick work,french doors,lighting. I 've used them for 12yrs and in my own home. I'm very particular.
My house was painted and they were on time. All clean up was done perfectly. They were sensitive to my needs to have my children on a schedule and were able to work around it. Great company to have paint my home. I will use them in the future whenever needed.
Very disappointing for sure!!! Took twice as long as were told up front. No sanding, just paint and go. Had to fight to get him to cover what he should have and clean up even a little. The bathroom paint never did dry correctly as he removed wall paper and put two coats back to back in one day. It is already peeling and bubbling in numerous spots. We have already had to re- do most of it and looks like will just have to re-do it completely. Very poor customer service. Would never recommend or use again.
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.