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.
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This is the exact same review written on Google Reviews...pretty much word for word. I think one of the owners wrote it. Here it is. Compare for yourself:Jason Young2 years ago-This is truly the best residential program in Gainesville! I can speak from experience because I was enrolled in another one that comes up first on searches due to a clever business name. I entered Turning Point after 10 miserable months in another local facility. The staff at Turning Point are genuinely concerned with the addict and their personal recovery. They have built the nicest and most modern facility in town, no other can compare, or come close. This facility is right in town and on the public transit route, so the suspended license that most of us have will not totally make your commute to work and amenities intolerable. I can say as a recovering addict who did 10 months in a less conveniently located program, this facility is nicer than my residence in the free world. Please just go look at the other residential treatment centers in the area first and then come see Turning Point, it is like day and night. The others do not compare by any means. I would rather do 12 months in Turning Point than 1 month in that horrible program I was enrolled in prior to my attorney finding Turning Point. Please just go look at the living conditions and decide for yourself. The facility is so much better and the treatment is actually administered by professionals. The other program I was enrolled in for 10 months used mandatory daily outside 12-step AA meetings at the local church. Turning Point runs flexible onsite classes all day throughout the week to accommodate different work schedules. This facility is actually a legitimate recovery compared to the half-way house environments the others operate. The facility has security surveillance and elevators. All apartments have no more than 2 men to a room and each apartment has maximum of 6 men for 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms. My previous program packed us in like sardines with 12+ men trying to share 2 outdated restrooms. This is by far the closest you will find to real world living while getting clean. You do not have to be embarrassed and ashamed of where you are living while you are getting clean. I am glad I was discharged from my 1st attempt at rehab because it led me to the best and most humane treatment center I could ever have been fortunate enough to attend. I want to thank the entire Turning Point staff for showing me that recovery does not have to be an environment of fear and intimidation. I could not believe it when I was delivered to the facility. After spending 10 months time in that other substandard facility, I thought they were kidding me that the new apartment building was going to be my recovery residence. You will regret it immensely if you do not tour Turning Point first.
My baby, Grayson loves it here. The ladies are so sweet and they're always holding him when I come to get him. They are very understanding with the fact some parents struggle with paying for day care, and will allow you to make your payments on Friday! He has been going here since 2 months, and he's now 6 months. Even though I work in Atlanta, i'll keep him here as long as I can. Its always VERY clean, and the children are always engaged in an activity. Never a dull moment. Comparative to other facilities in the area, the price is more than reasonable. But, being this is my first baby, you cant put a price on peace of mind. It feels good to know he's loved and taken care of while I'm at work. Thank you all at MYOL!!!
I have been going to see Margie since February of 2014 and I can't praise her enough. She has helped me find out who I am, why I do the things I do and how I can grow as a better person and build good relationships with other people. I have grown so much since working with Margie. She is very compassionate, loving and most of all... helpful. I love her dearly and would recommend her to anyone!
For years, I sought out a counselor that I could trust enough to guide me thru the concerns that had weighed heavy on my heart for years. In 2007, I received a recommendation to contact Marie Lingle. One of the best decisions I have made was scheduling that initial appointment, as it has been a life changing experience. It is a real blessing to have such a knowledgeable and Godly woman to counsel me and help me navigate thru past hurts and current struggles to a healthier future.
This is truly the best residential treatment facility in Gainesville and probably the entire state of Georgia. I know from bad experiences with another local facility that comes up first on searches due to alphabetical spelling the facility. After serving 10 months in another treatment facility, I can now appreciate the modern new commercial facility that turning point puts the residents in for recovery. Turning point is conveniently located inside the city limits and public transit picks up a stop right in front of the facility. It has security and elevators. After serving 10 months in that other flop house, I thought they were kidding me when they dropped me off at my new recovery facility. I went from an old, outdated and overcrowded flop house to a new apartment building. You can get a facility that you are not embarrassed to live in for the same affordable treatment cost as those other substandard living treatment centers. I have been to both and I wish I had visited the other dumps before I committed myself to 12 miserable months in such unpleasant conditions. Please go tour the other facilities and then come see the luxury conditions at Turning Point. This facility has credited counselors that teach classes onsite so you are not trying to get transportation to the other programs required daily outside 12-step meetings. This place is wonderful compared to the conditions at the other treatment facilities. You imagine 12 months and you decide.
Both of my children have attended Riverside Day School as infants and for after care and summer camps. I give this childcare facility five stars because after exhausting research of other centers in the area, they stood out well above the others. My children are age 19 and 10 and we have stayed with this facility because they offer a creative curriculum, excellent staff and a true caring spirit. I believe the current management staff is the best they have had. I recommend Riverside as often as I can.
Wonderful! I feel 100% assured every morning at drop off that my child is going to be safe, have fun with his friends and teachers, and learn something new. He tells me all about it when we drive home. :)
I would highly recommend this school for your child. The Director is Amazing!!! I have always been greeted in a professional way. They have the best interest for your children.
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.