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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Very Good Company, on time, clean cut emplyee's & very friendly, pricing alittle more than I wanted to pay but did a great job which is the main thi…
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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.
What a TERRIBLE company; they hired a such TERRIBLE TERRIBLE lady, Laura Gianfrancesco, to manage our decent Black Diamond community, located in Wellington, FL.For a year, Laura TORTURED our owners and residents!!She forced residents to wait many many weeks to process our new vehicle parking decals!!She forced tenants to pay $500 to submit an application; further, she charged $1000 application fee when the couple had different last names!!She delayed our tenants moving in date for over a month, even AFTER the tenant's application has been approved by our Board, and AFTER she collected an expediter processing fee from us!! Albeit for a whole month, our house was fully renovated and ready for moving in, and our tenant was ready and waiting at a local Hotel, and our tenant's furniture were fully loaded on moving trucks and waiting at a parking lot !! --- We were all severely damaged/suffered by HER, the un-human behavior of such a deadly minded old lady!!!FYI: Photos of our tenant's fully-loaded moving trucks that were desperately waiting for our moving in at a parking lot!
Email is from Mike Whittle, the son of the owner, who responded to my email (below his) that was sent to my condo board and for some reason, my condo prez forwarded it to Mike. I do not know what family or attorney he is talking about. I'm hoping to save other Assocs because I don't trust the company esp with my money. His scare tactic to sue didn't work on me like it did on others. If Integrity is your property mgt company, show this to your board and get rid of them! From: Mike Whittle Date: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:38 AMSubject: Notice of Intent to File LawsuitMs. xxxx,I have tolerated your false allegations and slander for quit sometime now. It amazes me how incredibly stupid you are making statements that are slanderous and written libel statement. This has issue has been monitored for quite sometime. Your incredible stupidity is not my problem, it is yours.Since you supposedly have a lawyer please provided me with the contact information. I have instructed our lawyers to aggresively stop you from spewing the garbage you continue to states. Furthermore; you are not protected under the insurance policy of the association because it is an intentional act that you been warned about before.On a side note, your lack of condo knowledge is significant so I will remind you that as a Board Member it automatically prohibits you from using family members in the condominium business.Mike Whittle-----------------------------------And my email to the board: These are the reasons why Integrity is not good for us: 1. Integrity is dishonest. When asked to see the Comcast bill at their office on May 30, Mike Whittle says there isn't one for 2012 because the contract was cancelled last year. I came home, emailed the board cc ing Mike to say we need to discuss about the bill because it didn't make sense that we don't have a bill when we still have Comcast. Additionally, after speaking to Larry Kaplan from Comcast on Tuesday, June 12, he confirms that a bill was sent every month to Integrity. Larry Kaplan is in charge of bulk account management and collection at Comcast. He says as of November, we have stopped paying and every phone call to Mike and Barbara, certified letters, and emails over the last few months have been UNANSWERED until about 2 weeks ago. Mr. Kaplan says he has proof in his attempts to communicate with Integrity. I am not sure what kind of business Integrity is running but they represent us and ignoring our vendors is not a good way to do any business. If Mike was dishonest to me about Comcast and one wonders why, what other things could he be dishonest about? 2. I can relate to Comcast after having experiences with Integrity s lack of communcation. My emails and phone calls to Integrity have rarely been answered or returned. Below are some examples:A. My first email to Mike in March to see our condo records and an update of foreclosures cases went unanswered. When I emailed the board about his lack of responsiveness to my email and that I learned Integrity did not pay a bill for another Association (which by the way he no longer works for), my email was forwarded to Mike and he answered that email very fast by threatening to sue for slander. He has no case when there is proof of an unpaid bill. B. Mike did not confirm my meeting time to see condo records at his office. His reason was that he said I could come by any time but in reality, he asked for the time and when given one, he never replied to confirm so I had to email again, a week later.C. I am interested in finding comparable vendors at a lower cost and sent Mike an email. Mike still has not answered that email sent 2 weeks ago with questions about our vendors.
Thieves, sincerely Answer zero phone calls and less than zero emails, meaning not 1 answer over 1 weekly email for over a year. Hire shady contractors that do sub par work and skim over 50% for themselves, look up tax records and see the properties the husband and wife(Laporta) own vs their claimed business tax returns, doesn't come close. Once they find out most owners can't show up to vote, the greed becomes exponential. Happy to charge condo owners thousands in improvements payable within 90 days, they send cash workers with paint brushes and claim work was done to code. Soon thereafter make a vote to triple maintenance fees that more repairs are needed, all this while no real work is actually taking place. All in hopes that most owners are abroad and cannot vote. Just another example of South Florida crooks
UPS is "run" by Sam, an ARROGANT LOUD MOUTH. Sam will lie to you and then run away like a little girl while letting his office girls fall on the sword. Sam is a little wormy coward. NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH UPS (Un-Unified Property Lack-Of-Service)..........
never do business with these criminals they are the worst association I have ever had to deal with in my 24 years stay away from these crooks
Company may be engaging in discrimination,made false claims about the condition of a unit to deter buyer , may have given legal advice to buyer while property was under contract..Buyer and buyers Re agent were told there was no income requirements,then applicant was denied do to an" income requirement".
Read about this bad company on whatintegrity biz ht. there are periods between the 3 previous words.
I was so excited to find Handyman Headquarters since I own a rental home in South FL but live out of state. Their website advertises "no job too big or too small; we do it all from light bulbs to remodels", and this is exactly what I needed to call out for random jobs at my rental home. However, I was VERY disappointed when I emailed them about fixing a broken hinge on a custom, built-in medicine cabinet and about recaulking in the master bathroom. First of all, they never called or responded to my email. Three days later, I called them and spoke to the receptionist who almost seemed irritated by my call. She asked what my email was about (and never acknowledged if they received it), and told me they wouldn't come out for something like that and then hung up on me before I could finish saying "OK, thanks". Well, it would've been nice to know that three days earlier! Also, it's confusing how they advertise that they'll go out to change a lightbulb, but not for this? I was willing to be a PAYING, REPEAT customer for jobs big & small, but I will never call this company again. Very disappointing, no customer service, and false advertising.
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.