I had the exterior of my house painted and had wood that was replaced due to water damage. I was very pleased and satisfied with the work that was performed by Gerry Mijares and his crew. Gerry was on site and available throughout the entire process. Gerry and his crew were very punctual and worked diligently with and attention to detail. If there was anything that felt needed attention Gerry did not hesitate to accommodate me and make sure that I was satisfied. I had randomly selected Gemcon Contractors from an internet search and I am very glad that I ended up choosing a quality company. Honest, reasonable, reliable, and highly recommended.
i was just lost for words when i watch dateline and saw how you stood for Mr Daniel. you win my admiration for life. laying on my couch, i couldn't help tears running down my cheeks when i saw you two hug as Daniel take his first steps of freedom. YOU ARE THE BEST IN OUR GENERATION. I want to m…
We are extremely happy and satisfied with the work they did for us. We did some remodeling to our brand new home and it was so well done that no one would ever be able to tell that the home did not already come that way. They removed and added a couple of walls, layed tile, rearranded our firepl…
6001 Doniphan DrEl Paso, TX 79932
From Business: Banes General Contractors, Inc. began business in 1946 as a Butler® Builder and was one of the first General Contractor / Engineering Firms to provide turnkey Design-Build and Construction Management Services.
160 Easy WayEl Paso, TX 79932
From Business: Alamo General Contractors mission is to be a first class structural steel erector. To be First class means to provide a product of the highest quality, excellent customer service, being cost effective and timely, and completing the project as safely as possible. For 20+ years Alamo General Contractors has always delivered,…
11593 Kristy Weaver DrEl Paso, TX 79936
From Business: American Painting and Remodeling is a locally owned and operated company that values honesty, integrity and treats your home as if it were our own. We offer a variety of services that are customizable to each individual project. We look forward to building lasting relationships and guarantee your satisfaction!
907 Tyler Seth AveEl Paso, TX 79932
From Business: Proudly serving customers for over 50 years with family locations in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. We are committed to providing professional service to every customer. Because we recognize how important the customers needs are, our professional staff is dedicated to complete every job safely and on schedule in a cost…
18. Romero's Roofing
Romero Roofing did an excellent job on my mom's house at a great price too I recommend this roofing company would like to say thank you to them good job guys
They say that they will be out at a certain date then not show up. They use inferior products. Because the kits they buy don't include the washers needed to keep guide rails tight and in place they don't put them on. I can't believe that a company that has been in business for as long as this o…
3737 Gateway Blvd WEl Paso, TX 79903
From Business: We stock one of the largest inventories of carpet and tile in the Southwest! Offering everyday low prices to all of our customers. Our salespeople are flooring professionals, so you can feel confident when dealing with our knowledgeable staff.
5645 Cortina DrEl Paso, TX 79912
From Business: Sun City Spray Foam Insulation is committed to providing affordable, healthy and energy efficient insulation solutions that are environmentally-friendly, permanent and American made. We are experts in this field, and have extensive training and experience in designing solutions for residential (new and old), commercial, ag…
8010 N Loop DrEl Paso, TX 79915
From Business: IES Commercial, formerly known as ARC Electric Incorporated, designs and builds a range of power systems. The company maintains more than 100 locations throughout the United States. Operational since 1998, it employs a staff of over 5,000 people. The company offers maintenance and systems installation and testing services …
JC Contractors built our 4,000 square foot medical urgent care center six years ago. We were very happy with their performance and completion of the project. We posted pictures at our website at http://www.uvucc.com. They came in hundreds of thousands dollars less than competitors and we love our building. We've never had any problems with it. I recommended them to another physician who also had a very good experience and rates them highly also. I have no reservation about them and can recommend them very highly. Dr. Alan L. Carpenter, Medical Director/Owner Upper Valley Urgent Care Center, P.A.
Don't know this contractors has such bad reports . . .they did my entire front and back yard xeriscaping and stamped colored concrete everything looks so well done. I highly recommend them. And I also did talk to David Delgado and asked him if it was true about him owning all three companies but he told me Desertaire is his and the other two companies are his two sons businesses. And I don't see what's wrong if he is helping them succeed in the line of professional business men... Once again I highly recommend there beautiful professional work. . . Can't judge them if you ain't seen there work. . .
I love the work ethic of the owner, Martin! He's always on time, gives accurate (no surprises) estimates. Does great work at very fair prices! We've had him out to our home on multiple projects, big and small, and we've never been disappointed, he can do practically anything. Very nice and treats us with respect. Always finishes a job as promised and has never asked us for payment in advance AND stands by his work! That's a rare trait among El Paso businesses. We always refer our friends to him and always get positive feedback from them. Highly recommend!!!
i was just lost for words when i watch dateline and saw how you stood for Mr Daniel. you win my admiration for life. laying on my couch, i couldn't help tears running down my cheeks when i saw you two hug as Daniel take his first steps of freedom. YOU ARE THE BEST IN OUR GENERATION. I want to meet to meet you so bad n give you a big hug.God bless you forever...Ameen
Peoples Maintenance and Construction crew are hard and honest workers. They worked on my home for many year and not yet have i had any problems with any work they have done for me, family and friends. They have good rates and a great billing program if we cant pay. Mike Peoples and his brothers have all ways been there for me and others. Thank You. Mrs Anderson.
Hello Mr. Mimbela, I truly commend for your time, effort and financial support in the Danny Villegas' case. May God continue to bless you the way He does. You gave Danny and his family their lives back. We need more people like you. ����
Set up and operate machines such as lathes cutters shears birers millers grinders presses drills and auxiliary machines to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
Very professional, sincere young man. Always kept me informed. Price was reasonable and the job was done well. Definitely recommended!
They did a very good job and I couldn't ask for anything more. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you SOL Contractors.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.