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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.
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. …
707 Whippoorwill DrMissouri City, TX 77489
From Business: We are a locally owned and operated company that values honesty and integrity and treats your home as if it were our own. We offer a variety of general contractor home improvement services that are customizable to each individual project. We specialize in additions and kitchen remodels, but also offer a wide range of exper…
1105 Northville StHouston, TX 77038
From Business: Welcome to Barnier Building Systems Inc.! rnrnBarnier Building Systems, Inc. is a full-service general contractor with the ability to provide quality general contracting services. You can do nothing great without a great team. We have completed many design/build projects including, but not limited to churches, schools, fac…
2330 Harwood DrHouston, TX 77055
I used Allen Plumbing for a large and messy repipe of my house. I cannot say enough good things about the crew. Every night they cleaned up beautifully and were a very polite and friendly group of guys.Mr Allen was always available for any concerns or questions we had.I would highly recommend …
800 Frontier DrOnalaska, TX 77360
From Business: Our commercial division specializes in City compliance code resolutions. From start to finish. High piled storage compliance's, including State licensed Architectural Plan submissions, Permits, Inspections and all Construction involved. Let us WOW you with our expertise in kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and renova…
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…
Houston, TX 77001
From Business: The electricians at Greater Texas Electrical has served Greater Houston for over 23 years with 24hr emergency service and an electrical work guarantee. Greater Texas Electrical is an electrical contractor for commercial, industrial, retail, restaurants, warehouses, residential and more. Experts in electrical troubleshootin…
9597 Jones RdHouston, TX 77065
I cannot recommend Ethicus Construction highly enough. After working with a couple of other companies to do some other renovations in my home, I have officially found a company I trust and will continue my business with. I met with JC to go over the renovation of my kitchen and from the first me…
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 …
3636 W 12th StHouston, TX 77008
From Business: Founded in 1968, Superior Building Systems offers a range of design and build solutions for commercial and residential clients. The company has constructed more than 2,500 projects, including complex industrial parks, office facilities and warehouse buildings. It has expertise in the development of engineering plans and sp…
10318 Millshaw DrHouston, TX 77070
From Business: Daniel's Home Services is a painting contractor in business to serve you. Services include Interior Painting, Exterior Painting, House Painting, Commercial Painting, Pressure Washing, Deck Staining, Drywall Repair, Gutter Cleaning, Waterproofing, and more. We serve Houston, Humble, Bellaire TX and nearby towns.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
This salon is a great way to waste your time! It is staffed by a group of rude and immature individuals. I made an appointment for 9am on Saturday, and sat in the parking lot until 9:30, when I gave up waiting for the stylist to arrive. I then left two messages asking someone to call me to discuss the issue, and no one returned my call. I then called the salon at 11:30am and was told "oh, we forgot". I am so glad I wasted my morning because someone "forgot" they had a job to do. If you would like to waste a few hours and be treated rudely, then this is definitely the place to go!
Beautiful salon & even better staff!Located in upscale Montrose/River Oaks areaStreet parking only
Timothy did a poor job.He is a very arrogant chap.He damaged my hair and is not even willing to correct it.Very unprofessional staff.They misbehave with their customers
They do a great job with my place. Whenever I need help I call and they answer and then things happen that are mostly to my liking.
I called to explain that I wanted yellow and orange hair tips, then asked permission to bring in the Pravana hair dye myself. The young lady put me on hold to check, then said yes because they did use that brand there. I asked about a Groupon they offered that covered an ombre or balayage plus haircut/style, she answered not to purchase the deal or they would lose money, and that they would match that pricing directly in person.The day I was scheduled, I called them to let them know I was on the way and they said I was fine. After arriving the guy who was to be my stylist named Andre Deleon Williams asked me if I had a Groupon. He incredulously said it wouldn't cover what I wanted, and that he did not have enough time to do it also since he had another client coming in (it was 4:30 and they close at 8pm). The owner gets involved, and sides with him. She blamed the person who took the call for not suggesting a consultation first.I told her that I will be going elsewhere and and not recommend her establishment to anyone. She got defensive and gave me some spiel about all her years of experience. I am writing this review now so that anyone who reads it can avoid that pompous worker Andre (an older man with a condescending attitude poorly disguised as inept superiority). I am actually so glad it happened that way, because instead I went on a personal recommendation to Beauty Express Hair Salon on Bellaire. Feel free to read my experience on their Yelp reviews (my photo is captioned: Fire Hair) because it was phenomenal. It has been weeks since my hair was done and I am still constantly getting complimented on it.**UPDATE**The owner wrote a response to my Yelp review, exactly like I predicted trying to shift the blame once again by denying and whining. I expect her to lie some more in the near future because she doesn't have anything better to do. What an embarrassment. I truly feel sorry for her.
I have been a loyal customer at this salon for a while now (about 2 years) and it is with utter disgust that I have to write this review. I typically receive the humidity frizz control treatment. About 2 weeks ago, I went in for my perm, color & frizz treatment & paid $220.00. However, a day later I noticed my hair texture was not the same ( Sidney the stylist had put too much gel for me to notice during my initial appointment). I immediately called him to share my observation & he actually had the nerve to tell me the reason my hair texture was not soft is because my hair is short. Basically telling me humidity frizz control does not work on short hair.....here's the kicker, I've been spotting the short hair-cut he/ Sidney cut himself a while ago. So to fix the issue, I inform him I will call him back to schedule another appointment. Well since then, Sidney will not pick up my calls or return my text requests. I had hoped this issue would have been rectified amicably and swept under the rugs but since he obviously takes his customers for fools, I am going to make sure another paying customer like me, does not receive this type of "fraudulent" services. Sidney- I work hard for my money & when I pay I have an expectation, you are not doing me a favor. FYI/ I WILL BE REPORTING THIS FRAUD TO THE BBB......ooh and by the way, he only takes cash so, think twice!!!....& this business is located on Fondren & West Airport SW
Do read this if you are buying this saloon! First of all, this saloon is not at all in the running condition. The seller would advertise that there are 10 seats on rent, but in reality there is only 1 lady who had rented a chair for $100. I had a plan to buy this saloon thinking that there are 10 seats on rent, and I didn’t find a single renter coming there to work for 10 days continuously(due diligence period). Upon asking the seller, he would reply that all renters can come at any time during the day/night to work with their customers, its none of his duty. But I wonder how could a renter pay $200 per week without working? I asked the contact details of all renters so that I could atleast call and meet them before buying this business, and I finally found that all of them were his friends but not renters. The seller was always drunk, and had a lipton ice tea bottle in his hand filled with hard liquor(just to fool around cops I think). In the end I found whatever he claimed for his business ended up to be a big lie.
I really appreciate good service and communication. I usually don't give reviews but I really had to go above and beyond since my agent did. Highly recommend them for your real estate transactions.
I'm so sorry for your experience. About the privacy and the crowds, I'm so sorry because this is our workshop to train new techs. We will open Lash studios in the next 6 months, and they will be very relaxing and soothing...About the services, $70 normally lasts from 4-8 weeks without refill. By the way, you only had $60 set not $70. Probably, you paid: $5( take off old lashes) + $60( new set)+ $5( Tips)= $70( ???)After care is essential. Maybe, 1st time you have done Volume Lashes and not used to it yet.. If after care was not the case, maybe allergy season is going on or other factors...We offer lash corrections for free within 3 days and a $10 within a weeks if it's due to blinking, tearing eyes, oily skin, improperly after care or allergy.The Tech did for you was only 1 tech. We have Michelle, Quyen, Kayla, Helen also are very good. Please let us know about your lashes issue so we can see how to please you and make you feel we are worthy for your money if you decide to give us another chance if you really like the look of our lashes. Your review is helpful to the consumers and has a deep impact on our business over all.However, it's really sad that you have not yet tried out other advanced and master stylists and asssuming we are not worth to visit as a whole.We work so hard to build up our reputation and try to maintain it.If we are not good, we're not that crowded. Our clients are not coming only because we're very reasonable and affordable price but also for the looks and long lasting. We do classic single from $80 & upOur volumes are $50 & up. Our real fur are $250 & up. Models for lashes and 3D Brows are free.Price for new techs after strictly welled-train( did more than 30 free models)For Lashes:Single by Single: $50 Their skill are not allowed to do Volume Lashes yet. For brows: Angel, Katherine, Helen: $150Quyen: $200Michelle:$250Thank you very much for your reviews.
Hi I just moved to this side of town from Pearland and was looking for a new lash boutique closer to me. I was referred to lash by Michelle by a coworker. Now I’ve been wearing mink lash extensions for about two years and this time I got the dramatic look and within a week and a half more than 75% of my lashes have fallen off. I’m not sure what type of glue they use but I’ve never had this many lashes fall off this fast. Before I could go get a two week refill I’ve lost about 75% of my lashes which will cause me to basically get a full set. Also I didn’t like the fact that everyone is crowded together inside of the same room. My old lash studio you were in your own private room without having to hear everyone’s conversation as well as ppl coming in and out. From my experience I wouldn’t recommend nor return.
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.