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.
100 E Broadway StKennedale, TX 76060
I had my roof done a few weeks ago. I was planning on at least a day of misery. To my surprise they came about 730AM and were finished by 1:30PM. That's 32 sq's of roof completed and done very professionally. I roofed when I was young so I knew what I was looking at as I watched them remove, dry…
Serving the Fort Worth Area.
From Business: North American Dismantling is a leading nationwide demolition contractor specializing in heavy industrial demolition, commercial building strip outs, specialty bu…
3105 Bonnie DrFort Worth, TX 76116
Ron Marshall and the Marshall Construction company earned their excellent rating with great employees and communication. We went with some of their recommendations and they went with some of our preferences. Our dining room expansion and kitchen island were completed on time and within budget.…
801 Kennedale Sublett Rd Ste CKennedale, TX 76060
From Business: Dorsey’s Unlimited Construction Inc. is a family owned and operated roofing company that has proudly served Texas and some surrounding states since 1990! With over 100 years of combined experience, we are truly the most recognized experts in all areas of storm recovery, restoration construction, roofing and roofing repair …
2018 Grace AveFort Worth, TX 76111
Our family has used Regency Quality Construction for all of our home improvements needs and major renovations since 2000. The second floor game room addition to our home turned out beautifully, complete with intricate woodwork bannisters and wood floors. The master bath renovation with the ta…
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Arron Cruz did my inspection and replaced my damaged shingles the following day . Fast ,friendly and professional service. Other contracters told me I needed a new roof, so beware homeowners. If you want it done right the first time call these guys first because they are the best. Five sta…
4672 Bracken DrFort Worth, TX 76137
Another plumbing company gave me an estimate of over $4,000 to fix a sewer pipe leak under my foundation. I spoke with Eric Bryson and he said they would come out and provide a fair estimate. They quoted me $1,200 and were able to come out the next day and get it repaired. I could have paid $2…
4416 Glenview Dr Ste AHaltom City, TX 76117
Loved, loved the job they did in my Kitchen. I got several bids and theirs was not the cheapest but they seemed to be the most organized and thorough. I and wasn't disappointed. There were a few hiccups with the job but they were right on top of it. They did a fabulous job and I would highly rec…
Fort Worth, TX 76135
American Roofmaster installed two roofs for me. The first one on my home I live in and the second one on rental property. Justin and his workers went beyond my expectations. Justin helped me with roof colors and matched the gutters perfectly. Installation was done very quickly and efficiently. I…
Serving the Fort Worth Area.
From Business: Foundational & Structural Repair With Character & Integrity To Texas For Over 28 Years Free Estimates - Payment Options - Warranty Options FREE INSPECTION * LIFET…
6917 Wycliff StFort Worth, TX 76116
From Business: TQM Roofing & Contracting Solutions LLC is a Fort Worth roofing contractor. Founding members, Mike McStay and Todd Daniel, take a great deal of pride in the company and the work they do. We always provide Total Quality to all of our customers and welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. We are a full range service roofi…
7503 Chapel Ave.Fort Worth, TX 76116
From Business: D&G Roof Systems is a full-service Residential Roofing and Commercial Roofing, Guttering, and Construction Company serving the entire Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and outlying areas. Our focus is on quality roofing and exceptional service every time. We provide a customized solution for every roof we work on, enabling us to…
6801 Old Randol Mill RdFort Worth, TX 76120
From Business: Founded in 1969, Victory Awning is a manufacturer of awnings, signs, carports, shades and patio covers. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the firm uses latest processes in manufacturing technology, high-tech production machinery, laser measuring, digital printing and heat seal bonding. Victory Awning, along with Victory Graphics…
3008 Wichita CtFort Worth, TX 76140
From Business: Century Mechanical Contractors has been providing air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing services since 1995. Operational for over 100 years, the company offers services to schools, churches, hospitals, restaurants and industrial sites. It designs and undertakes residential and commercial projects. The company speciali…
4000 Sandshell DrFort Worth, TX 76137
From Business: Global Technical Services specializes in providing the aerospace industry, both private and government contractors, with experienced maintenance and modification specialists. The Global family of staffing agencies is dedicated to providing professional aviation mechanics to its clients. From aerospace mechanics in aviation…
PO Box 48004Fort Worth, TX 76148
From Business: Certified in fire, smoke and water damage restoration, we are a restoration company you can count on. We specialize in fire damage repair, fire damage clean up, restoration and reconstruction. Smoke odor removal and home remodeling. We are not only certified, we take pride in being a certified firm and abide by the IICRC c…
Fort Worth, TX 76110
From Business: Family Owned and Operated Foundation Repair Company, Serving Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Over 18 years experience. On-site supervision. We are ready to give you the full caliber of our services. Aside from our dedication to our clients satisfaction, we are also dedicated to upholding service excellence. When y…
2824 N Beach StHaltom City, TX 76111
From Business: Bazan Roofing is a full-service company, specializing in commercial and residential roofing. In business for more than 20 years, Bazan has expertise in waterproofing, roof analysis, and related structural problems. Founded by Jorge Bazan, the company offers a wide variety of services, such as window glazing, tile roofs, ba…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
It is a great way to go to get your roof done and it is a friendly type company. They work hard and they keep clean
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.
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.
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.
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.
This company call the fain group does Not pay their bills. If you are a subcontractor good luck.
paid and we never heard from them again. Pretty pathetic!!Do NOT use this company unless you DON'T want to be paid for work performed. Our company completed 2 Racetracks for them and they never paid us after many attempts to contact them. Finally the President of our company went over there, but that didn't work either. They gave him another lie of it will be
Poor driving. Blind lane change - soutbound bryant irvin just north of I-20 just after 5pm. White GMC truck hauling a white trailer. I had to slam on my brakes to avoid being pinned against the curb. Then the driver proceeded to run the red light.I will never hire based on poor and uncourteous driving.
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.