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.
4113 Eagle DrCorpus Christi, TX 78413
One word... Excellent!! While remodeling our home and guest house we had the privilege of working with S&S Painting. Out of all the contractors we had worked with over the last year they were truly the best of the best! Aaron Salazar was so patient with me, he was professional and just over all …
14493 S Padre Island DrCorpus Christi, TX 78418
We have used Innovo for several different projects. They repleaced our windows, repaired our siding and reroofed our house. we got several bids and they were the lowest but the work was top notch.
5005 Chancellor RowCorpus Christi, TX 78416
From Business: Fencing Inc. is Corpus Christi, Texas oldest and most trusted fence company building quality products since 1969. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you today.
3943 Apollo RdCorpus Christi, TX 78413
My house has been covered by the Terminix subterranean termite policy, since the spring of 2010. In the fall of 2016, subterranean termites were found a few feet away from my front door. Terminix told me, that due to the fact my house is on the water, they are prevented by law to do any external…
4921 Ambassador RowCorpus Christi, TX 78416
From Business: As general contractors, Gourley Contracting specializes in a variety of projects. However, our skilled contractors aren't simply workers, they're artisans dedicated to perfection. As consummate professionals adept in our craft, we deliver stunning work each and every time. From remodeling to sheet metal fabrication, we do …
11198 Up River RdCorpus Christi, TX 78410
From Business: Dickson Builders, Inc. is a family owned and operated design/build general contractor located in Northwest Corpus Christi, Texas. Bob and Toncy Dickson began the business in 1979, beginning with small turn-key projects to full facility planning and construction. Dickson Builders, Inc. staff includes a registered architect …
2009 Flour Bluff DrCorpus Christi, TX 78418
From Business: Cubit Contracting, LLC is a medium-sized commercial / residential company with locations in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Beaumont. Cubit has been fortunate to be awarded some initial sizable contracts for several projects. Local contacts and competitive pricing should propel rapid growth for the company. Mission Cubit C…
5849 Holly RdCorpus Christi, TX 78412
From Business: A premier home and commercial design company, Designs By Romel Inc has designed over 7,000 plans including residences, multi-family complexes, strip shopping centers, office buildings, doctor's clinics and restaurants. Designs By Romel is an experienced home designer within the residential and commercial sectors. Whether w…
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
From Business: GENERAL CONTRACTOR. We specialize in water damage, wind damage, fire damage, roofing damage and other insurance related restoration service. We are a full general contracting and remodeling company.
1891 County Road 22Corpus Christi, TX 78415
From Business: The DLP Group, founded in 2000, is a provider of engineering, constructability review, logistics, pre-construction and occupancy planning, as well as design, facility and program management services. The company serves the needs of various fire stations, auditoriums, and multipurpose and maintenance facilities. It undertak…
7501 Up River RdCorpus Christi, TX 78409
From Business: Founded in 1983, Repcon provides maintenance and construction services to the refining, chemical and petrochemical industries. It specializes in plant shutdowns, turnarounds and revamps. Its turnaround management and execution services include estimating, planning, scheduling, cost control, procurement and subcontract mana…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
I have a graphing experience of a year in 2 companies in Mexico , one of them is called ROPE devoted to trailas , I was an assistant of a welder at the company , I used to grinding , sanding , painting trailas , use the machine for cutting different types of angles that are needed to assemble the Trăilă , half angles on the type of court that he would do, in the other company was assistant welder equal , we were doing roasters , the company was called PENA, they are located in mexico Tamaulipas Miguel Aleman .I speak little English , but I'm learning at school the sea here in Corpus ChristiI am a resident of the united states of america , I just fix the residenceI am 19 years oldanything let me know please this phone number : 956-600-03-04I really want to work
Brother , go pay us, we worked hard for you, call me , bring money, have to pay my rent , you know how it is
I would never let this guy in my home, i expected bad , but it went more worse than i could ever imagine, he can talk but really doesn't know what he is doing.Shows up late , with some homeless helpers and try to do a fine job, my home looks more worse after his so called remodeling than it was before, here goes $25,000.00, my paint is peeling off the ceiling , my roof still leaks not even talking about my commodes who shake around making me sea sick.Do yourself a favor and find a professional.
Most horrible experience in my life, this contractor is as unprofessional as it comes, takes your money and delivers substandard work , I don't even know where to start.My ceramic tiles are popping up all over the place, had to replace my AC unit since they not cover with dust barriers, my walls look like my 3rd grader was working on it, it goes on and on, stay away from this so called Gentleman
They have done the most wonderful joh in my kitchen and the additional master bedroom is beautiful
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.