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.
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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.
Becareful of Sabates he plays games He is very manipulative and extremely unprofessional seems hes a mole placed there to protect the contractors.
The price I was charged for welding 4 5th wheel brackets was $600. His racism I found unforgiving. He is a good welder but that is ir
Way overpriced! Definitely shop around and get price quotes in writing, or Dale may change the prices on you. Most upsetting is the fact that I paid Dale $450 to re-glaze a bathtub, and it wasn't even done properly! The product dripped off some of the areas that needed re-glazed the most, and dripped into the tub, leaving dried on drip marks and discoloration all inside my tub. When I contacted Dale to tell him about the problem, and even sent a pucture, I got no response! No offer to fix it, no offer to come look at it, no response at all! I spent a total of $1050 on 3/2 and 3/3 with Dale's company for various small jobs, for which I paid cash (and which amounted to about 3 hours of his time), and he cannot even stand behind his workmanship and respond to a complaint? Unbelievable! This guy did a lot of talking about integrity and honesty, but, unfortunately, he seems not to possess either, judging by the way he conducts business!
I have purchased some furniture here in the past and they definitely exceeded all my expectations. Thank you so much.
These people are the worst possible people you could ever work with for any kind of work. I had contacted them to renovate my business and I told them exactly what I wanted and what needed to be done according to the guidelines from our corporate office. They gave me an invoice detailing how much everything would cost and specific start and end dates of when they would complete the work. It also said that if they have not finished the work by the specific end date listed I would be paid $100/day as a penalty. This was a signed contract between them and me. They did not even BEGIN the work until a week after the specified end date and I never saw a penny of that $100/day penalty they were supposed to give me. Not only that but they didn't even do the work as I had specified, for example, they installed the wrong counter top from what I had wanted and what we decided on and then charged me for a more expensive one. They completely violated their contract and their work was unprofessional, sloppy, and not up to industry standards. I tried to work with them to get everything done as soon as possible but instead of cooperating and sticking to the contract we had both signed they turned around and put a LEAN ON MY BUSINESS! It is absolutely ridiculous and I definitely plan on taking legal action against them! Do not ever contact them to do anything unless you want to be robbed of your money, business, and peace of mind!
Ted knows his stuff. He is the best welder I've ever hired with out a doubt. I'll be using him in the history forsure.
I would like to put a comment here regarding the supervisor, Julio Sabates. I was not impressed with his customer service on the phone which was twice now. I told him on the first call about his attitude then when I called up second time, he cut me short on the phone stating he had a meeting to go to and would have been nice to say he can call me or I asked to call him but he never responded to it. What kind of manager would do that to people, even veterans, and why would he take the manager position to treat people this way? I was trying to ask or explain clearly about last phone conversation as he was being rude to me first time calling him.
I wanted to let people know that I have not had a good experience with Southwestern. The communication was very poor. Timelines were not adhered to. We were requesting a quote for a complete home renovation and a time line of about one week to have the quote to us was given. Four and a half weeks later we still have no quote. Communication and timelines are a MUST for us as we do not live in the area where the renovation is to be completed. We have given the job to another contractor as we didn’t want to take a chance on this company especially when communication/ timing was an issue. The job renovation budget is approx. $30000 - $35000 so not a small job. I guess the company doesn’t need the business and just let the ball drop!!! I did send an email of complaint through their email off their site but didn’t hear back from anyone. Home Owners BEWARE!!!
My grand parents had the pleasure of doing business with Nick of Southwestern. The quality of work performed, and his knowledge and work ethic is superior. Nick made my grand parents feel confident with the huge decisions of adding on an addition. He was patient & his crew were respectful of our home. My grand parents highly recommend Nick of Southwestern. The foreman, Eric, was available every day of the project to answer all of the questions they had.
These guys were awesome, a very professional crew of carpenters and technicians. I think they will do well for the company. It was a good experience to work and talk with them. If I had the money, I would have the guys come out and add on a couple of more rooms. This company would be my first choice.
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.