Please let me describe our experience with MVHB, but before I do so, let me explain a bit about my wife and I. We have done a fair amount of upgrading/remodeling to our own homes as well as building our own homes. I feel we are not your "average” person looking to have a home built, as we are very knowledgeable about the process, materials, as well as quality expectations for various building trades. In addition, we own a business which provides a service to the homebuilding industry, which is curb cutting for driveways. We have several hundred customers who build homes. Prior to venturing out to choose a builder, we had never heard of MVHB. So with all of that, why did we select them to build our house? In brief, we randomly drove by one of their jobsites, and were impressed with the cleanliness of the job. No trash; materials neatly stacked; not your typical residential job. This prompted us to take a closer look inside at the quality of the construction. Everything that we saw was above and beyond the quality level that I see every day in dealing with my own customers, Concrete finishing was superb ; framing was nice and fit together tightly ; painting was very neatly done ; roofing was nice and straight etc. etc. Definitely a class of subcontractors that care about their work. We are very meticulous, and sadly, a majority of our own customers would not satisfy our expectations.When we finally got our plans, we called MVHB, as well as one other builder. The MVHB pricing “estimate” was very comparable to the other builder. We did feel that they were more interested in doing our job; offered to do modifications to our plans at no charge, and their feedback from prior customers was excellent. They also allowed us to do certain things on our own, in order to help us save money. Overall, our experience was very good with MVHB. They were very attentive to our job, coordinated their subs in an orderly fashion, and cooperated any time we had a concern or a last minute change on something. They were on the jobsite almost daily, keeping an eye on the project. If our selections affected the budget dramatically, MVHB would make us aware of the approximate cost impact. Our electric bills for cooling are amazingly low, thanks to their superb insulating techniques.When you do have an issue or problem, (and there was never a home built that didn’t encounter issues or problems), they will do everything within their power to correct it and make you happy. We love our home!Kent Hayes
1535 Adair BlvdCumming, GA 30040
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When Nita and I started planning our new house project, our biggest concern was finding a builder we could trust and rely upon. When we met the owners of Mountain View Home Builders (MVHB), our concern was laid to rest. From our initial meeting until the end of the project, they made the project an enjoyable adventure. When we met them, we told them we were very “picky” in how we wanted the house constructed. They received this bit of information openly and they provided us with a quality constructed home.Our home is a Southern Living house plan and MVHB is an approved Southern Living builder. This information was the major reason we initially contacted them about constructing our home. Another was the glowing remarks from their former clients. Once construction commenced, I talked with all their subcontractors and they also reinforced our decision to have MVHB construct our home.We have never seen or heard of builders who managed their project as MVHB. The project site was always kept free of construction debris and their contractors always adhered to MVHB policies while on the construction site. We were always kept informed as construction progressed from permitting forward. From the onset, MVHB coordinated our wishes into reality. Needless to say, if we should build another house in the future, we will definitely hire Mountain View Home Builders as our primary building contractor.Steve and Nita Cannon, Dahlonega
Living nine hours and one state away from our future home site, I did extensive research before happening upon Mountain View Home Builders in a Southern Living Magazine. Not only was this company a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, it was also an Earth Craft Builder.My husband, Jim, and I had plans in hand when we met them. He was willing to work with us and once a price was settled upon, he worked very diligently to keep items within our discussed terms.Because of the driving distance, we only visited our home twice during the construction process. Jim and I had, and do still, have the greatest respect and admiration for the owners as trustworthy men and as home builders. Our home is well constructed; care was taken during the building process, the job site was kept clean and neat, and most MVHB subcontractors are worthy of high praise.We have lived in our home 16 months now; the continuance of service is excellent and all needed repairs have been completed in a timely manner and with the utmost care.If Jim and I were faced with the process of building anew, MVHB would be the only builders we would trust to construct a home for us. Jim and Denise Taranto, Hiawassee
Richard Padgham built the home of some acquaintances of mine in town and I was very impressed with the quality of work, quality materials, and structural quality. So after that I interviewed with them and found them easy to work with so they built my home and I am highly satisfied. I would give him the highest recommendation possible.
There isn't anything to dislike about the work that Richard Padgham did for me. He is very hands on, and Richard doesn't just supervise, he is very involved from the beginning to the end of the project. I felt he was always straight forward and very upfront about everything. He is just very very honest.
I was very satisfied with my experience with Richard Padgham Fine Custom Homes. They were willing to work with us and were easy to talk to. They made sure to pay close attention to detail and the whole process went very smoothly.
The people were very nice, the job was started on time and completed in a timely manor. I found them to be really easy to work with, they were attentive, and available when needed - good follow up.
I am very pleased with the home Richard Padgham Inc. built for my family and I. The staff were very pleasant and courteous to be around and everything was done in a timely manor.
I am absolutely elated with the end product of my custom home done by Richard Padgham. They did everything in a timely manner and I was not disappointed in any way. Thank you!
I was so extremely satisfied with the work that the staff at Richard Padgham Inc did that I recommended them to a lot of friends and family and will continue to do so.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.