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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.
13035 S Post Oak RdHouston, TX 77045
What a pleasant surprise to work with such a great company. Mr. Kazaz and his crew were very professional and did a fabulous job with my kitchen remodel. Now my neighbor has hired them to do his whole home remodel after Harvey. Definitely would recommend!
13110 T C Jester BlvdHouston, TX 77038
This is a company that backs up their work. We have had to call them back and they were prompt and fixed the problems at no extra charge. We were stunned. We recommend them highly.
4103 Rancho Vista DrPasadena, TX 77504
From Business: All Star Roofing of Pasadena has more than 46 years of experience providing Harris County with professional roofing services. We have worked on numerous projects involving roof repairs, repairing hail damage, skylight repairs, and even chimney repair. We have learned to identify the problems and the potential problems that…
1822 Sunset Pl Ste ALongmont, CO 80501
From Business: Miracle Method is the largest bath and kitchen refinishing company in the country. With over 120 domestic and international franchises, we specialize in bathtub r…
930 Houston AvePasadena, TX 77502
From Business: We are your one stop solutions for all of your flooring, painting and remodeling needs. Why pay the high prices for the national chains? All you are paying for is the name. Don't let the company name determine the price of your job. Let us show you what quality is at an affordable price. Call us today!
Houston, TX 77099
I had a bad experience with Gilbert. He did an ok job on the work, but when I asked him to return to re-caulk around the shower fixture he became rude and combative. Since he removed the caulk in the first place, I considered it part of finishing the job, but he said my husband should do it. …
Houston, TX 77018
From Business: We are a complete electrical service company that has been in business for many years. We have been recognized for providing outstanding services at very affordable prices. Excellent customer services is our number one priority, that’s why we strive to satisfy your needs. We provide many services in residential and commerc…
3814 Woodlace DrHumble, TX 77396
From Business: Hello, and welcome to Paint by Room & Home Restoration where we'll make your life easier in many aspect of services. We now just do painting, we do general contracting, flooring, Water restoration, Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling and much much more!!. We cover the Entire Houston area and are ready for you call. Call us tod…
Houston, TX 77017
From Business: One of the leading providers of contracting and design services in the Southwest, Standard Constructors is headquartered in Houston. The company has been operational for more than 75 years. A heavy civil specialist, it deals in petrochemical, industrial and commercial contracting services. Standard Constructors builds and …
9597 Jones RdHouston, TX 77065
I'm a supremely satisfied customer. JC is a consummate professional with a delightful personality. Throughout my project, I could see that my trust in his services was well-placed. His clear intention was to offer advice only in my best interest; he didn't try to "up-sell" me on unneeded repa…
5630 Heffernan StHouston, TX 77087
From Business: Since that time our company has continued to grow and adjust to the ever changing business environment while maintaining the one goal to provide professional service. A number of our major oil service contracts today link back to relationships built back forty years ago. Today JB Passmore, Inc combines an administrative te…
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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Terrence with Retro Modern Remodeling is a Crook and a Liar. Do No Use!! We contracted him to remodel our house, an estimated 4 week project that took 4 MONTHS!! It was a HORRIBLE experience. Everything he touched had to be redone two or three time to get it right. •Kitchen Granite was rework/replaced 3 times!•Kitchen backsplash was reworked twice!•Insulation was not installed in exterior walls all hardie plank and plywood had to be removed and reworked!•He cut electrical line and tried to splice them with placed electrical tape.•He did not complete the rewiring of our house and the breaker box is not labeled.•The automatic gate installed took 3 months to complete and is still not functional!To top it all off, once the last payment was made, he immediately stopped taking or returning our phone calls. He will not respond to warranty his work. Please, learn from our misfortune. PICTURES AVAILABLEContact me, Coley Groth at 832-482-5896
Stone Gate Roofing, fixed my tile roof repair quick and reasonable price. If i have any other problems with my roof again, i would definitely give them a call. instead of my previous roofer.
poor quality service and houses, even got a call from the owner Angel who threated me because im complaining about having so many issues with this guys that they wont even fix. im tired of this builder and the poor service.Eric
Worst experience with a contractor I've ever had. He said he would provide an invoice with photos. He still has not provided an invoice and its been 3 months. All his crew did was seal a few vents. If you are looking for a professional job look elsewhere.
The owner/operator Sean Harrison Whitehead is a convicted felon and will cheat, steal and lie to you.
I had them come out to my shop and Ricky m mendenz scamed me beware on this person he is no good drives a black Dodge Ram with a California license plate he’s a fast talker and makes things sound to go to be true STAY AWAY!!
We had a HORRIBLE experience with Mendiola Remodeling & Reconstruction and its owner, Miguel Mendiola. We hired this company to complete a large-scale remodeling and repair project for our home but experienced repeated delays and terrible quality of work. In fact, we have had to hire others to repair the mistakes made by Mendiola and his workers. Our estimated completion date was pushed back by more than 3 months (and 8 months later is still less than half-way done) but the owner repeatedly changed his story as to why the delays were happening. The owner asked for payments up front and didn’t complete the work he promised us. After we had already paid the majority of the contract but our home was less than half-way finished we told the owner we needed to see some additional progress to catch up to what we had already invested. Miguel Mendiola and Mendiola Remodeling & Construction abandoned the job immediately and left our home as a very unsafe environment for our children to be in (exposed electrical outlets, nails sticking out, and only 1 fully functional bathroom). I wish we had done more homework on this contractor’s history before we hired him- he has other complaints against him on the Better Business Bureau and other review sites. Lesson learned- I would NEVER recommend Miguel Mendiola or Mendiola Remodeling & Construction for anything! Buyer Beware!!
The U S Construction team is excellent and did a beautiful job rebulding our home after we had a fire. Plenty of challenges from shortage or material due to Harvey and all the hoops we had to jump through with our insurance and mortgage companies but U S helped us through it all. Highly recommended !!
Came to my house in February to repair leak. Two months later the roof is still leaking. He offered a warranty with his work which he doesn’t stand by. Claims he’s coming but doesn’t. Ignores text messages. There’s too many roofers in Houston to choose this guy. He doesn’t get the job done and refuses to honor his warranty.
Mike Newhouse & Hm General Contractors did an incredible job on our office Cosmetic Dental Associates. The design & execution could not have been more professional. We highly recommend them to anyone considering a new office.
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.