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.
3903 Dr Martin Luther King BlvdFort Myers, FL 33916
From Business: Clients have been counting on Richardson Construction since 2006 and we've always delivered. While other Roofing contractors have come and gone, we've evolved int…
1828 Palmdale CtFort Myers, FL 33916
From Business: We are the locally owned leaders in all construction. Trusted for years with concrete contracting, patios, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, room additions, ne…
12290 Metro PkwyFort Myers, FL 33966
From Business: Artesian Pool Construction Inc. is one of the leaders in the Florida swimming pool industry. Located in Fort Myers, Fla., the company is a state licensed, insured…
6208 Whiskey Creek DrFort Myers, FL 33919
From Business: Named "Contractor of the Year" in 2012, 2011, 2007 and "Builder of the Year" in 2006 by the Lee Building Industry Association, Stevens Construction has earned a r…
5811 Youngquist RdFort Myers, FL 33912
From Business: Founded in 1959, Wright Construction Group is a general contracting company. It offers construction services for parking facilities, hurricane shelters, marinas, …
1941-5 Park Meadows DriveFort Myers, FL 33907
From Business: Description: When it comes to Custom Home Builders, New Home Construction and Home Builders, no one compares to Florida Coastline Construction, Inc.. With years o…
6360 Corporate Park CirFort Myers, FL 33966
From Business: Family owned and operated McLeod’s Construction & Remodeling Services, LLC, has proudly served Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties since 2005. We have built our r…
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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If I could give 0 stars, I would. On March 6, 2018 I signed a contract with BMR Roofing for a re-shingle of my home and gave them $2,059 down-payment. My first warning sign should have been that it took them over 2 months to pull the permit. Since then, I have been getting the run-around as to why they are unable to schedule a crew to do the work. This has been going on for over 4 months. I finally heard from Damon Taylor, the owner, and was told I was on the schedule for 8/9. The day before he texted me to tell me that he was having trouble getting a dumpster. After another week of no work, I asked for my money back. On 8/27 I was able to speak with Damon Taylor, with him assuring me that he would have it done within the next few weeks. Since then, I have left several messages with no call back. My last few messages have asked for a full refund. UPDATE: On Oct 4 I made a last ditch effort to contact Mr Taylor via email. He told me to provide a written cancellation and request for a refund. I provided that immediately. The following week I reached out asking about my refund. He told me he planned to send it out that week but it would not be certified funds as I requested. When I questioned him about it, he told me to "shut up and stop being a _____", and proceeded to tell me he had 30 days to return it (which is a lie, as it's not stated anywhere in our contract). Since then, I have had a gentleman from the Attorney General's office contact him about the refund. He told them that he was a new owner and the previous owner stole all of his assets (another lie as he was the owner when I signed with them). He also said he planned to have my money refunded by the end of the following week, paying me from jobs he was working on. The date he said he would pay by was Nov 9th. Here we are, the 28th of November, and guess what? Still no money and now radio silence. Anyone considering using them, I hope you plan to throw money out the window, because it appears that they have no intentions of doing work, or refunding money. I have been in communication with half a dozen other homeowners that are going through the same thing. BEWARE!!!!!
if there was a lower rating this joker would get it. phone number changed numerous times. does not show when he says and shows no knowledge of roofing.Do the job yourself before hiring this clown you've got a better chance of getting it right.
If you see this company coming - RUN! One of their managing members was arrested in Florida last month for taking a deposit and then failing to complete the roof within the state-mandated timeline. I will also post a link on a story about another managing member. My understanding is that the detective from Highlands County has already received over 100 complaints due to that post. In addition, if you check them out on the BBB site for Ocoee in Florida, you will see they are listed as "suspended" in the "Accredited" section. I hope the states of North and South Carolina do not allow them to take advantage of victims of Hurricane Florence.https://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Lake-County-FL/Christopher-Joseph-Dutruch.169990757.htmlhttps://insiderlouisville.com/economy/former-pastor-behind-drone-and-roofing-controversies-sued-by-courier-journal-for-unpaid-advertising-bill/https://www.facebook.com/HighlandsCountySheriffsOffice/posts/christopher-joseph-dutruch-46-of-clermont-was-arrested-today-aug-10-in-lake-coun/1762515287178393/?hc_location=ufihttps://www.bbb.org/us/fl/ocoee/profile/roofing-contractors/my-affordable-roof-0733-90416434
Top grade builders in the SWFL area. Built us a home at a reasonable price. We've been living in one year with no problems.
This is one company that I would say to people to stay away from. Two other homes started after my roofing job and were finished a month before I was. It took three inspections to pass the roof. First inspection was for about 20 tiles missing. That is in never installed. Second inspection was for approximately 50 tiles broken. Not bad for a professional company. The other two roofs I mention earlier took one inspection. Now there are two professional companies.Rood done last October 2016 and of course rainy season was basically over. Now its June/July 2017 and the heavy rains are washing all the nails, screws, old tar paper and bits of broken tile down all of the gutters. Still have nails on top of the lanai screen and tar on various parts of steps and screens.Don't be taken in by their soft spoken salesman. Nice guy, now if only he did the work.DO NOT USE CROWLER ROOFING.
I totally agree with the other reviewer. AVOID A/C DIVISION AT ALL COST!!! You have been warn. During my visit the tech had to leave and get supplies he did not have on his truck. Then I was charge a high price for his work. Not worth the bother to complain but it is a bother to warn others to say clear of Crowther A/C division.
They might provide great service and do exceptional work but the secretary ruined my day and will not ever go back because of her
Horrible, dangerous, and Kincaid can not say a sentence without very vulgar obscenities. Do not consider. Stay clear of this unprofessional whacko.
I am getting my roof cleaned AGAIN this Friday by another company after Ad-Ler charged me $1200 a year ago to clean it. I have never paid that much to get my roof cleaned but they said I should have a roofer cleaning my roof versus a pressure washing company. Big mistake! After only 10 months, my roof was turning black again. I called in to let them know and they came out to spray a fungicide on my roof that they said would take a month to work. Six weeks later, nothing! They also fixed a leak for me at the same time last year, but as soon as the rain came it started leaking again in the same place. I have given them ample opportunity to make this right but they feel they have gone above and beyond. I don't think the definition of going above and beyond is fixing your own mistakes.
I am still waiting for RL James to finish the repairs on my condo building in Dunedin. An employee took apart some of the concrete on the building and it has been laying on the ground for months and still no one has returned to repair it or at least clean it up. Wood has been exposed for months now.
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.