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.
3730 Dilido Rd Ste 422Dallas, TX 75228
From Business: We fix: *Dripping Faucets *Water Leaks *Stopped Drains *No Hot Water *Gas Leaks *Slab Leak Location & Repair *Water or Sewer Pipe Replacement *Trenchless Minor Digging *Tankless Water Heaters. Seniors Discount
5618 Rowlett Rd Ste FRowlett, TX 75089
My husband and I really appreciate that when we called you about 9pm Metro-Flow listen to our emergency and stated that you could come out immediately or we had the option to wait until the next mornig and they would fit us in to their schedule. We received a call at 8:00am and as mentioned on o…
4242 N Capistrano Dr Apt 141Dallas, TX 75287
Great experience! Honest answers and excellent service. Eugene made sure I understood all details and gave me his professional opinion of how to resolve issues. A++++ if need in future, will definitely call ASAP Auger!
Richardson, TX 75081
Mr. Bruce is a craftsman. I was impressed for all the obvious reasons, prompt, professional, experienced and reasonably priced. But beyond that, his demeanor and workmanlike attitude and enthusiasm for doing a job right have me sold on him as my go to provider from now on.
940 N Belt Line RdIrving, TX 75061
Based on my consistent experience and satisfaction with HSA, I call on them for all of my AC and plumbing issues. They are prompt, professional and really know their stuff. They are also willing to go the extra mile for you-- they on their own suggested and checked to see if a major…
2515 Canterbury CtCarrollton, TX 75006
I called Carrollton Plumbing Service yesterday for my mother in law who had tried and tried to clear a stopped up sink herself being as she is extremely handy. To no avail, and being on a fixed income, she had to resort to calling a plumber. Thank God we found Carrollton Plumbing Service. They r…
1109 1/2 E 6th StIrving, TX 75060
From Business: Ron Brackett Plumbing LLC is family owned & operated since 1966. We specialize in residential plumbing repairs and replacements. Our plumbing service area is Irving Texas and surrounding areas. Complete plumbing service when you need it. Plumbing Leaks, Sewers, toilets, sink lines, bathroom drains and drain problems in gen…
Dallas, TX 75212
From Business: Thank you for considering Premier Associates. We know finding a contractor is never an easy task. Fortunately, we offer services in Remodeling, Plumbing, Tile, General Contractor work, and Water Damage Restoration. That means less time spent finding someone reliable when we can do it all. We have a large fleet of contracto…
1309 Greensboro DrWylie, TX 75098
From Business: At Best Quality Plumbing we offer: Great service at an affordable price. Why Best Quality Plumbing? We are family owned and operated, and we are proud to continue providing professional full-service plumbing services. From as small as repairing a faucet or toilet To repairing floor leaks in less than 4 hours To installing …
308 Us Highway 80 ESunnyvale, TX 75182
From Business: Xtreme Air Services in Mesquite TX is the leader in heating and air conditioning service in the Dallas, TX area. Whether you're looking for a new air conditioner of furnace for your home or business, we can help. Looking for emergency commercial refrigeration services to keep your restaurant from losing money? Call us and …
11024 Indian TrlDallas, TX 75229
From Business: To have a job done right, you call in the experts. At Levy & Son in Dallas, we're passionate about performing quality HVAC repairs and installations. We even put it in writing. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee demonstrates our commitment to upholding the highest level of heating and air conditioning services in the industry…
2405 Interstate 30Mesquite, TX 75150
Exceptional Service - Reasonable price! Al diagnosed the problem and fixed it in no time - with minimal expense! Will definitely use again in the future, as well as recommend to friends. Cannot say enough good things about our experience with Flow Plumbing!
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I was on my way to the airport when my drains are clogged. I called AAA and said that they would fix it for me even if I am not at home. And sure thing, When I was back everything was fixed for a minimal charge. They have my trust.
Sergio V , Was great and personal. First, in order to serve our needs, he gave up his lunch to be on site w/in 40 min vs 2 hours.After I showed him on the Thermostat setting of 69 with inside temp reading of 75, Sergio, immediately ascertain the issue w not cooling properly.Investigating the attic status not causing the issue, immediately went to outside unit. Testing Voltages to the unit as well as on the unit and the Capacitors.None present. Then check condition of Capacitors, which were shorted w no ohms. To eliminate the Compressor, Changed out the Voltage Cap first. (NOTE: Prior to this He removed the top panel of unit to disconnect the straps of Wiring from Compressor, which may have caused the CAP to fail. With the electrical wires strapped to the cooling lines may have caused false current readings, etc. to the Capacitors). After replacing the V Caps, Out side unit was running. He continued to proceed w checking the Amp draw. With unit designed for 64 amp. Amp draw should not be more than 0.4 = 25.6 amp. It was drawing 28 amps. He recommended to install a Hard Start to unit to extend the life of the compressor. He did and rechecked the amp draw, which yielded only 6 amps after the Hard Start part. He then checked the A/C Freon, GOOD.In my observation, I saw that Sergio was a professional in all aspects in knowledge, experience, manners and professional courtesy.Therefore, It is my pleasure to give Sergio a 10 out of 10 rating for services on MAR 10th, 2018 at Honeybee Ln, Frisco.My only regret, is it was unfortunate, the unit issue was not discovered with the recent evaluation status only a few months ago with potential failing part(s) by another technician.Regards,Jerry
Chris was great. He checked our furnace out, made sure it was running to peak efficiency. Excellent service.
Yaniv likes to low ball the numbers on a bid and sign the contract than change order everything. Is crews are illegals and un proffesional.
I live in a house built in 1940 and my sewer lines were also original, made of cast iron and clay. I was warned a few years ago that the entire line would need to be replaced, but I decided to ride it's usefulness out to the last second. Which I did, until the weekend before Christmas. My toilets wouldn't flush, so I had Mr. Rooter come out to open my lines (I've had to do this in the past due to root intrusion). Unfortunately too much of my line had collapsed and I had no choice but to replace it. I decided to use Mr. Rooter to replace my line and Moses, my technician, did a wonderful job holding my hand through the entire process and making sure the job was performed quickly, competently and to my satisfaction. We hit a few snags with rain, the holidays and waiting for the City of Dallas, but the entire job was finished by December 29 and everything is working properly. I can even run my washing machine and take a shower at the same time, something I’ve never been able to do. I would definitely recommend Mr. Rooter.
This guy is nothing but a scam! I hired him to install a gate. It was a 4 day job that should have been completed by October 31. Several weeks later and nothing has been done. I did some research on him, I wish I would have done this first, and all he does is scam people. He is currently on probation scamming someone else. Since we signed the contract all he has done is give excuses on why the project is still delayed. I made it clear I no longer want him to do the work, I want my money back, never going to happen. Stay far far away from this guy!
Literally stole my money. Paid them for a project, and then they never showed up. Promised a refund, lied saying check was in the mail ... nothing arrived.These people are scumbags and thieves. DO NOT TRUST THEM.
Mr. Leonard installed backsplash in my home and was to return to texture and paint a portion of my wall. I paid him because I thought the backsplash was complete. Immediately after he left, I noticed there were gaps around the perimeter where the backsplash was installed. I sent him pictures of the areas in need of repair and he made promises to return but a week later he has failed to do so and he has stopped responding to my calls and text messages. See pictures below. Stay away from him!
great service and great guys. thanks again! I will definitely recommend fs renovations to anyone looking to renovate his home.
Water was dripped in my faucets. Nothing major, but just small drops. We didn’t think about it. Our bill was three times more. They fixed this problem in 20 minutes.
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.