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.
3721 N Beach StFort Worth, TX 76137
From Business: Vortex Doors is your specialist for industrial and commercial door repair and replacement. Family owned since 1937, Vortex is the door services industry leader in quick response, superior quality, and excellent customer service. Vortex has 31 service centers with 265 trucks available to provide fast, friendly, and personal…
3501 N Main StFort Worth, TX 76106
From Business: Marcuse & Son is the leading distributor of air compressors and air compressor parts in Texas. We have been an Air Compressor Specialist since 1925. We sell everything from air compressor parts to industrial air compressors. We also provide air compressor assistance including parts breakdowns, diagnostics, and detailed des…
14900 Grand River Rd Ste 124Fort Worth, TX 76155
From Business: Operational for more than 30 years, Cummings Electrical has been serving the electrical industry in northern Texas. The company offers new construction, budgeting, and design and build services. It maintains a service department that provides lighting maintenance, emergency response, fiber installation, cable testing, and …
3700 Noble AveFort Worth, TX 76111
From Business: Established in 1959, R E Sweeney Company is a manufacturer and wholesaler of building materials. It is the parent company of Resdoor and Sweeney Hardwoods. Resdoor is a provider of door units, molding and millwork services to customers in the greater Dallas area. Founded in 1970, Resdoor s products include entryways, custo…
401 Garden Acres DrFort Worth, TX 76140
From Business: Cowtown Materials distributes drywall and acoustical materials to the commercial and residential markets. Its products include suspended grid systems, acoustical celing panels, corner spray textures, gypsum, foil faced fiberglass batts and rolls, masking tape and sheathing. It also carries a complete line of fasteners, adh…
8717 Forum Way Ste CFort Worth, TX 76140
I've worked with Mario and his shop for about a year and counting. His shop puts out amazing work and he's great to work with. Mario is detail oriented and asks questions if there is any doubt about the way a cabinet is built. I will gladly work with Camilleri Cabinetry on all our cabinetry need…
11801 Katy RdFort Worth, TX 76244
From Business: Formed in 1985, Charley's Concrete is a manufacturer of a variety of ready-mixed concrete. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the firm offers its vast client base an array of services that include 227 mixes, high strength wall mixes, exposed aggregate mixes, stamp mixes, etc. In addition, the company provides a range of other s…
501 S Burleson BlvdBurleson, TX 76028
Dumb twits! The Champion Factory can not sell it to you direct!!! It was a Dealer called Factory direct on mfg lot !!! And they are out of business. It was your own poor judgement.....real dealers deliver and install your home!!!!!! Not just sell you the home!
1700 Cedar Springs RdDallas, TX 75202
From Business: Get the latest and greatest construction and building tools here. We will get you in touch with your perfect match for everything construction wise. If you need a contractor or handyman or craftsman please look here. Quality tools and workwear are a 'must have' for any trade, playing an essential role in making your job ea…
1258 W Arkansas Ln Ste EArlington, TX 76013
From Business: Metroplex Exit Doors, Inc. was established in 1996 and incorporated in 1998. The key people involved with our organization have over 30 years of combined experience in the hollow metal and store-front door industry. We offer hollow metal doors and frames, aluminum store-front doors and frames, and P-lam wood doors for inst…
3638 W Pioneer Pkwy Ste 201Pantego, TX 76013
I called on a Saturday morning and asked for an estimate. By that afternoon, someone was at my house and gave me the estimate and quoted a 2 day job. He was already on his way to another job in the area, but I appreciated him taking the time to stop by my house on the way without having to be pr…
2800 W Division St Ste CArlington, TX 76012
From Business: Bailey Cabinets Inc is a locally owned and operated business located in Arlington. Today we are one of the largest custom cabinet makers in Texas, providing cabinetry services to numerous building contractors throughout the state.Founded 29 years ago by business partners, Hank Bailey and John Boutte'. All of our cabinets a…
2100 E Randol Mill RdArlington, TX 76011
From Business: Brennan Enterprises is Dallas-Fort Worth's first choice in exterior remodeling! Proudly serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for 35 years, Brennan Enterprises offers a variety of services to homeowners, including window replacement, siding replacement, entry door installation, sliding door installation, folding door ins…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
I have had four run-ins with Services Unlimited in the last two months. They are contracted by AT&T to bury cable lines in my neighborhood. Every time they come out here I have had to call AT&T back out to run a new cable line because my internet and phone goes out. Most of their employees do not speak English, they never let me know when my internet will be down while they are burying the cable and they leave while my internet is still down. They are awful and I can't get AT&T to send another contractor out here, so this cycle just keeps happening.
This company is a thief, and the employees are monsters. We have a contact with them for 48 months, but we sold the business before the contract end, so they sent me a pay off bills $2800, I asked them any chance that I can get rid of the lease. They told me if I can convince the new owner get to sign the contract with them. And I did, the new owner sign the contract with them. They sent me a pay off bills for $3400. After I argued with them, the bill came back $2800. They told me the sale man fooled me, and I have to pay the bill otherwise they will put me in collections. TERRIBLE COMPANY
Horrible company. Haven't talked to a single person who is actually nice. Extremely rude. I hate AT&T does business with these people. Plus they can't even do their job the correct way.
The moment you enter the store you are greeted by helpful employee's working the sales floor. Friendly and knowledgeable!
Car depotBought a truck. Kept having problems with motor. Told the owner and it was in and it of the shop. I finally gave the truck back and they had sold my note while it was in the shop and then bought it back from the sister company and that company put the entire note on my credit report. This is the sister company.
Stay away from Company. They took your money out from your bank without your consent (Unauthorized). Totally disappoint with this company. Highly Recommended to NOT doing business with them.
Zero communication after you pay off your event package. Have to physically go there to speak with the owner, after fighting a battle and two weeks before my little sisters event we receive a text message, yes a TEXT stating that her dress wasn't going to come in. Other items that were ordered through them are very poor quality. If you shop there you will regret it. 100 thumbs down!!
Absolute horrible company! They will not communicate with subcontractors regarding non-payment of contractual amounts due. We confirmed with the City and with the Architect that Mega did indeed receive payment for their contract with the City, but that they are not paying their subcontractors. Steer clear! by Alred Glass Co, Broken Arrow, OK.
I was so impressed with how professional everyone was! The receptionist was outstanding and even helped entertain my little girl while I dealt with salesmen which went out of his way to make sure my selections were accurate. Everything was delivered perfectly and on time. Will use again! Kudos Nix!
Been there several times, since it's just down the street. They never have what I need, and I've been ran out of there when I was just buying tools. Never going there again.
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.