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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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Never any issues with this friendly and receptive team! !
I would like to recognize Marco or Mario from Lariat, he was the general contractor. He provided excellent service.
Contractor was hired to repair our deck. He told us he would replace the rotten wood and make the deck like new. Later one of the wood planks popped and we realized he hadn't replaced any of the rotten 2x4s under the deck and painted over a lot of the rotten deck floor. He also did a lot of shoddy work in the house. In all fairness he did install a set of French doors and did a good job on that.
Was impressed with the crew VS the other company. They were organized and with the right amount of people. Very professional.
THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER. I HAD TO REPORT THEM TO THE TEXAS LICENCE COMMISSION AND TURNS OUT THEY DO NOT HAVE A LICENCE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DO A GOOD JOB DO NOT HIRE THEM
I have been a customer of SP & LC and Owner, Jesus Acosta, for over a year now. This person is a genius insofar as customized planning and execution of an extensive landscaping project, to include installing a sprinkler system. My home was transformed into a thing of beauty by this owner and his team of workers. The material used was top-notch and I found he did not attempt to "short-change" me in any sense. The project cost was very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the work. The project was completed in a timely and efficient manner. I cannot praise SP & LC high enough!
Called Martin for repairs on a chain link fence where a pole had been bent beyond repair. It had to be replaced. Called around town for immediate repair because of security concerns. Two weeks and three different companies later Martin shows up the following day after I called and did an excellent job at a great price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Very disappointing! If I can give them no star I would! Working with them has been very unpleasant and stressful. Even my neighbors noticed how lousy their service is. They are more expensive than other landscapers but I hired them willing to pay more thinking their service would be great, high quality work, and finish everything on time. It was a very bad experience and I felt cheated and lied to. Regarding the quality of their work, some was average and some was horrible in my opinion. They should be done in 2 weeks but didn't finish until almost 7 weeks. There were issues I wasn't happy with in the end which I should of asked them to fix them but I didn't want to be charged extra. I rather just have them leave for good and hire someone else to fix those issues. That's saying a lot regarding their service if I'm willing to do that instead.There are definitely more problems not mentioned.
Not only did job not get done, but owner charged my credit card for over $500 with out my authorization.In trying to get my house ready for sale in El Paso, Tx. I found this company in the yellow pages and I wish I had looked them over.. The owner Armando is the most deceiving, unprofessional and biggest con-man I've ever encountered. I am a 66 year old senior citizen and made the mistake of trusting this company to fix up my kitchen cabinets, which entailed sanding and painting only. On Feb. 7th the job was to begin, within 3 days the owner asked for $800 to seal the contract. I said no, and he than asked for $400. I agreed as I know they needed supplies to begin the job. He asked for my credit card number as they needed to process the $400. The owner Armando than shows up with one employee, dropped him off and did not return for the rest of the day. Than the following charges were made to my credit card..Feb. 9, 2017 $400.00Feb. 11, 2017 $500.00Feb. 16, 2017 $600.00on Feb. 17th he tried to charge $1,000.00 but my card did not allow it.. So he than asked me to withdraw from atmFeb 17 $400.00Feb 19 $400.00 Now I know at any point I could of said no, but I didn't want him to quit the job and I paid him all of this money for nothing.. Even though in the end, he never completed the job!!But what really has me pissed off, is that after all was said and done, and I finally got rid of him.. I looked over my credit card statement and noticed on Feb. 13 he charged my card $300.00 with out my authorization and on Feb. 21, 2017 he charged my credit card $200 without my authorization. HOW DARE YOU NOT ONLY RIP ME OFF FOR MY HARD EARNED MONEY AND NOT EVEN COMPLETE THE JOB. But to than take from me without my authorization is flat out stealing. You should be ashamed Armando taking advantage of a senior citizen
My experience was completely satisfactory for the prompt,professional and excellent job they perform at my propertywith my roof, and other repairs.
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.