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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.
12414 Highway 99 Ste C208Everett, WA 98204
From Business: Sunrise Construction (WA) INC was found in 2001 servicing as Fannie Mae general contractor in 13 counties in WA. We also service the needs of wide variety of clie…
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DO NOT HIRE Pro Image Contractors. Unfortunately, I hired Vince Mcintosh of Pro Image Contractors, to complete a residential rehab of a house in Kelso WA.Vince: Did not complete the job/his work.The work that was complete was definitely sub-par/poor quality.Went more than 3months past the due date.Never came back to finish his work.Has been trying to bill me for more than his original bid.Demanded prompt payment even though the job is incomplete.Told me the job was complete on 12/22/2016… (it’s 3/20/2017 and he hasn’t done a single thing in the house since that date)Has confirmed in text messages that he has not completed all the work, BUT, demanded that I pay for the whole job, then he will come back to finish (just another story trying to get me to pay for work that hasn’t been completed so he can try to run off with my money without completing the job (like he’s been trying to do the whole time))Has confirmed numerous tasks not completed.Has confirmed that he will have to take a reduction for not completing certain tasks.Still tries to bill me for MORE THAN the full amount anyway….Is trying to bill me for an inaccurate amount (more than I owe from the bid he gave me, but also incorrect math and trying to overcharge me)Absolutely refuses to complete and has now contacted an Attorney, of which I have scheduled an appointment for 3/21/2017 to try to negotiate and resolve payment, because he is trying to overbill me, and incorrectly bill me, and fraudulently bill me.Left an items list of more than 19 items not completed.Has cost me 3-4months of holding costs while he claimed the job was complete, and then while I tried to get him to come back to complete his work.I’m certain that he has used these tactics to rip people off before and try to scare them into paying for work he didn’t complete, because he will instantly get an attorney.Please report him to the DOL and state board of construction if he has worked for you and ripped you off too.
Danika Plumbing & Contracting handled the complete repair of all the pipe problems I had when I moved into my new house. They discovered that the pipelines in the house were already old, outdated, and severely damaged. I first discovered the problem when I noticed that the water coming from my faucet is brown rather than a clear one. I was concerned because it seemed like such a difficult problem to fix since the piping is buried deep under my floors. But I was very thankful because the professionals at Danika Plumbing & Contracting managed to handle it with a lot of care, without creating too much damage on my floor. Plus, they did it in just a week’s time. Thanks a bunch! Kudos!
I was very impressed with Danika Plumbing’s inspection and work. This was my first time using their services since they were highly recommended by one of my colleagues. It is so important to have access to professionals who are not just knowledgeable, but who are also highly responsive to their customer’s needs, and they were exactly that. They arrived on time and they were very honest in answering our questions. They took the time to explain to me what they were going to do before they started on the sewer system. Ultimately they were able to get the job done, and I could not be more grateful. Plus, the prices they have to offer are reasonable. It is refreshing to see a company that really cares about its clients.
I recently bought and moved into a new home with my family. Within our first 3 weeks, we experienced a lot of problems with our sewage lines. I was initally afraid to hire plumbers to fix our problems because I knew it would be costly since there seemed to be a lot of repairs that needed to be done. Luckily I found Danika Plumbing Company. Their specialists are fully trained to do full home re-plumbing. I was happy with this since it would save me from hiring differen plumbers to do different jobs, therefore saving me a lot of money. Their full house plumbing was affordable and fast, and they were very informative on how it all worked and how my money was being put to good use.
My husband and I decided to redo all 3 bathrooms in our home last year because we hated the way they looked. Our house isn’t very old but all of the bathrooms had a retro vibe that we were not very happy with at all. When we started taking apart some of the appliances, it was clear that the plumbing needed serious work. The people who built the house apparently though they could handle the plumbing themselves and we needed to redo the entire thing. We called Danika Plumbing and they have been a bunch of miracle workers! They are extremely affordable with the cost of the renovation and they were even able to install all of our new fixtures, as well as redoing the plumbing!
My husband has always been someone who loves a good deal. We have been searching for plumbers online for the past few years, and we have gone through some troubling matches. My husband found the absolute cheapest companies he could and has even hired people off of Craigslist. I finally put my foot down when a friend of ours suggested Danika Plumbing. She said she has been using them for years and that they are extremely affordable and ultra-reliable. That was all I needed to make the call. We finally got the service we were looking for at a price that my husband so desperately desired. We will never be hiring a random plumber off the internet again!
I wholeheartedly recommend Danika Plumbing for any of your residential or commercial plumbing needs. I have used their services on several occasions. They are prompt and offer excellent work. They provide estimates that are affordable, and when it is time to pay, there are no additional or hidden charges. Their entire crew is professional and they are very knowledgeable with their work. They can suggest you with a variety of options for your situation, and they will even give you pointers on how to properly maintain the area so that you do not experience any other problem. Once they are finished with their work, they will clean up after themselves and leave your place in an excellent condition. They are indeed a very reliable company!
We have called Danika Plumbing and Contracting because our bathroom was having a strange mildew smell that we couldn’t identify and also to replace our sewer and give our garbage disposal some fixing. We have been using them for years with zero complaints to date. They send the same guy every time if they can, and he has been a godsend. Not only does he continually do the work quickly and quietly but he is extremely respectful about being in someone else’s home. We have had plenty of repairmen that take full advantage of a new environment but we have been so lucky to have the wonderful customer service of Danika Plumbing and Contracting for years!
Same story, worked for him at some apartments in Redmon about 2 maybe 3 years ago and he ended up owing me about $3,000. I did manage to get some(less than 50%)money from him by looking for his business on wa.gov and found a second name and number to call. Good luck and stay away customers and workers.
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.