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2610 Poplar StGreenville, TX 75402
I highly recommend Castlerock! I have purchased 2 homes from them and have been very pleased with both experiences. I was able to customize every detail of the house and they worked with me to find finishes (granite, tile, etc) that I liked, without blowing my budget. They were very patient wit…
3930 Galleria Oaks DrTexarkana, TX 75503
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4407 Walnut StTexarkana, TX 75503
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Paris, TX 75462
Really professional and they took their time to make sure my gutters looked nice. They explained how water should drain. Mr. Collard told me if there were any issues.....for me to call and he will take care of it. However.....I do not expect any issues. I am 100% happy with my gutters!
1625 N Bishop StTexarkana, TX 75501
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7101 Center Point LnGreenville, TX 75402
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2757 Lancer RdGreenville, TX 75401
My mother and I decided to build us a new house last winter. We hired this company (John Noyes). The house was started December 2015, the completion date was suppose to be on April 7th. The house was still not completed by the end of May. Things looked so terrible, my mother and I knew things w…
9201 Wesley St Ste BGreenville, TX 75402
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
My mother and I decided to build us a new house last winter. We hired this company (John Noyes). The house was started December 2015, the completion date was suppose to be on April 7th. The house was still not completed by the end of May. Things looked so terrible, my mother and I knew things were not done right, so we hired a certified house inspector.The whole house was basically done wrong. All the electrical was labeled as a fire and electric shock hazard, the walls, windows, and roof all leaked. The HVAC, plumbing was wrong, and there are many other faults. This company did a lot of things that they were not licensed to do. I have filed a complaint to the TDLR and TSBPE against this person/company. John was fined $7,500.00 through the TDLR for violating Texas statutes and/or rules. The inspector confronted John Noyes about the issues, John got mad and he stopped/ended construction on our house on May 27th, 2016. We had him and his crew police escorted off our property and banned from our place after he stopped/ended work. Then he came back a couple/few weeks later, after he was banned from our property and took materials that I paid for out of our house. We did file trespassing/theft report against him with the Fannin County Sheriff Department. John was very unprofessional, arrogant, and had a real attitude problem. He was a bully toward us during the construction of our house. We have already paid John Noyes over $123,500.00 for a completed house and he only completed about 78% of the house when he stopped/ended the work.John walked out owing us around $26,500.00 worth of work that he was paid for and never completed. He has proven to be incompetent to re-mediate/repair this house, so we are having to hire professional workers to try and fix it. They can't believe what a mess John made of the house, words can't describe it. We have already spent over $25,000.00 trying to fix what he did wrong, plus the $26,500.00 that he owes us. We are also requesting a refund for all the electrical/HVAC that he messed up. He owes us a refund of about $67,500.00 as of now. I would not recommend this person/company to anyone.There is absolutely nothing false about my statement. John is dishonest. We did not run out of money, we also never attempted to get a loan from the bank. We hired the licensed professional inspector ourselves. John was overpaid for the work he did and we were not paying him anymore money until he completed the jobs he was already paid for. He stopped/ended work on May 27th, I had 3 people that witnessed him walking out and saying he stopped/ended work on our house, John breached the contract, NOT US! I never threatened this guy and my neighbor's son in law called the Sheriff's office when they showed up unannounced. We did not damage anything and his crew got all his equipment and materials. The officer that WE called was present at the time, they came while I was at work. I have the police reports. I did not refuse to allow him to get his belongings. John never scheduled an electrician to inspect his work. All he said, he was going to hire an engineer and charge us $3,000.00 to fix his mistakes. We hired a master electrician to look at and repair all the electrical work, I have documentation of that. It was all labeled not safe and must be redone by a licensed person. There are laws in Texas that govern electrical work, especially when it is dangerous. All the HVAC work John installed, had to be torn out and redone, he did that wrong also. We've had a lot of professionals look at our house, saying it was a mess, would be a major understatement. We have spent about $30,000.00 trying to repair the mess that John made of our new house. I have written documentation of all mistakes and cost of all the repairs. We DO NOT owe John Noyes any money, he owes us almost $70,000.00. I love how he acts like he did nothing wrong. LOL
I highly recommend Castlerock! I have purchased 2 homes from them and have been very pleased with both experiences. I was able to customize every detail of the house and they worked with me to find finishes (granite, tile, etc) that I liked, without blowing my budget. They were very patient with all of my questions as a first time buyer/builder and were very responsive when contacted. I highly recommend Castlerock to anyone that is looking to build a beautiful, custom home.
NOT a custom home builder. Any time you ask for anything extra it's always an inconvenience or outrageously expensive. It's like they don't want to build you a custom house, they want you to take what they give you. The "custom" cabinets are very cheap, the cheapest drawer pulls you can get. Shingles are cheap 20 year shingles. Light fixtures held up with one screw falling off the ceilings. Electric panels aren't up to national code. Recessed lights flicker on and off because they don't have the proper heat shields above them in the attic and they are overheating because they are buried in insulation. We paid $1400 to "upgrade" to a gas cooktop. They "forgot" about it and two months after closing we still don't have a the gas cooktop installed. Paint job throughout house is crap. Baseboard paint goes up 1/8 to 1/4 inch up the walls in a majority of the house. There is paint overspray in numerous places throughout the house including our back door glass. There are runs throughout the house on window seals and door frames. It looks like a 10 year old painted. Our guest bath tub is BROKE and puttied together. I paid for frames around the bathroom mirrors, again cheaply done. There are gaps between the mirrors and the frame, gaps in the corners of the frame. For what we paid for this "custom" house it sure is disappointing!!Customer service?? ZERO stars. RUDE RUDE RUDE people.
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.