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.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Took great care in re-roofing my rental property. They were courteous with my tenants, and were in and out in less than a week! Well done!
As a current resident here, I'd like to address the handful of people posting here about, "the shortcomings of management and maintenance". However, just because I've had a good relationship with management during my stay here at Canyon Springs, (2 years now as of December 2017), doesn't mean that I have not become bereft toward the actual owners and proprietors of this complex. To begin the management team has always been on task even to the point of sending maintenance to perform simple tasks such as actually replacing burnt-out light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, and air filters; many other managers just hand these items to install ourselves putting the cost on the tenant (I personally experienced this issue at more than one rental) *ahem*cough*any place owned by JD Homes!That being said, the same ones complaining are digging the grave when their complaint includes the phrase "try being late on rent!" How about "try" paying rent when it's due as per your lease? Problem solved. As for the rule regarding unsupervised children under 14 years, yes there is a vast grass play area complete with space for volleyball etc., a basketball court, and at least 2 play areas complete with slides and things to climb on for the little ones. However, did I mention there is a swimming pool? It wont take long for an unsupervised child to find their last breath in a pool. Beyond the safety hazards, there are children running amok, disrespecting others and causing mayhem (including the 14 year olds) so it's a wonder that management hasn't required that all minors be supervised when in common areas.Winn Residential, are systematically increasing the cost of living each year. The latest is using RUBS to charge for waste disposal, and water. It is an arbitrary system that is unfair for those who use very little water, only to end up paying for the people who take 45min showers. Please research the RUBS system for multi family units before considering leasing or renting here.
They did great work and cleaned up after themselves. I have my grandchildren over all the time and they made side there were no nails around for them to step on. The new look looks great. They ended up replacing a lot of fascia and it looks brand new now.
Energy Star did a very excellent job, better than I ever expected, and less expensive then I had expected. Everything inspected was signed off with no problems. When I paid them, I accidentally paid too much, and they were honest and wrote me a check for the difference. Also, my husband is older and is unable to climb up on the roof to see what it looks like, so Brandon took before and after pictures and gave them to us when the job was complete. It was a blessing to have them do professional and honest work for us and go the extra mile.
DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE COMMENT BELOW! YES, THIS USED TO BE THE PLACE BUT NOT NOW! THE NEW MANAGEMENT??? THEY ARE BULLSH*T! LAST DEC THEY INCREAED BY $50 AND NOW THIS COMING AUGUST, THEY'RE INCREASING IT AGAIN TO $75!!!!! WOW!! AND THEIR AMMENITIES SUCK! YUCKY POOL, ASSIGNED PARKING GETTING TAKEN, BASIC CARPET, UGLY KITCHEN, OLD APPLIANCES, AND THEY SAY THEY ARE CHEAP COMPARED TO OTHERS??? ANOTHER BULLSH*T!!! TENATS HERE NEED TO LEAVE! AS WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT OF THIS MOMENT, LOOKING FOR A NICER APARTMENT THAT DON'T INCREAE THEIR RENT AS OFTEN AAS THESE MORONS ARE DOING! DO THE OWNERS KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON???? OR ARE THEY A PART OF THIS SCHEME!!! GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
In May of 2016, Energy Star Construction installed Windows and a HVAC unit in my home. I would highly recommend this company, they were extremely helpful and met all my expectation accordingly. My new windows look great, and my home is nice and cool in this hot valley weather. I am happy to say that I made the right choice, in choosing Energy Star Construction to help me with my home improvement projects.
They phone to set up appointment but never show up, call, or cancel but a few weeks later, the same thing starts again. What if they had removed my old roof and then never showed up to finish?? A shabby way to do business.
WARNING WARNING WARNING This office staff is slick with the application process. They will tell you that you have been approved and promise you certain rental terms, then they will deny the rental terms they previously promised and charge you more money just as you get ready to sign your lease. This happened to me:In the 3rd week in December 2016, I was in need of an apartment due to out of town work. I decided on Sierra Meadows Apartments since it was close to work. To make a long story short, I completed the application and received notice by email of my application approval based on my credit report. In addition the approval letter listed the amount to be paid on move in date. A week later and despite the rental terms already being set, I received a call from the office manager who stated that I would have to pay more money in a security deposit due to “owing a balance on debt.” First of all they already checked my credit and decided on the rental terms. Second, my credit report had no such balance on any debt. When I brought this to their attention they refused to acknowledge that I was right and they were wrong. Instead the office manger’s attitude was very unprofessional, dismissive, and disrespectful. I mean she tried to talk to me like I was a child, which did not go over well with me. The incompetence she displayed was disturbing and embarrassing to say the lease. At this point I could just pay the extra security deposit and move on, but it was about the principle. Also, I know that once a person extorts you for money they will keep on till they drain you dry. I know that I was not ever going to get the extra security deposit back because they would have found a way to take it. Therefore it was better to look elsewhere despite now having an inquiry on my credit report. I ended up finding a much better place for less money, this is karma.One last thought:Corporations such as Sierra Meadows make a living out of profiting off the misfortunes of others, which is why they hire certain office managers who will achieve this mandate. The mandate for Sierra Meadow’s is to find fault in an applicant with a good credit score. They will cherry pick their credit history in order to maximize profit. However the scam comes when they exploit your situation for financial gain. Shame on you Sierra Meadows
This complex is full of deceiving advertisements, and a very unprofessional management office that you can never reach especially the manager. Hey did i mention if you have a problem in your apartment it takes there unqualified maintenance department days to respond for some of the most minor problems. Well potential neighbors if you don't believe me take a walk through the complex and ask random residents about the complex, and you will find many different answers and stories about Canyon Springs. This complex is mainly filled with one race in particular that are out of control and act like they own the property just come by the property and you will see. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!
Had a sewer flood in my bathtoom. Puma came out right away and got started on my bathroom deconstruction. The two young men who came out were very friendly, professional and worked quickly. So far i am very pleased with their service. Now lets get my bathroom back together.
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.