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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 77095
Based on these reviews, I gave this company a call. I have an appointment with them this week. I asked if they had anything to send me and they sent me an email with a link to their website, facebook page, link to their better business bureau listing (which they have an A rating with and said …
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…
2004 Tuam StHouston, TX 77004
New Image helped me out a great deal by providing the work that the original roofing contractor who did my house should have done. If only whoever built my house had used them to build the roof, I wouldn't of had to contract them to replace portions of the roof for a two-year-old house! That bei…
8045 Antoine Dr # 329Houston, TX 77088
I had Official Builder Construction do a backyard restoration and I couldn't be more pleased with their work ethics, attention to detail, and pride in the work they do. Official Builder Construction restored and built new benches for my deck, built privacy fence, added lattice under my deck, and…
5850 San Felipe StHouston, TX 77057
Over the years we felt that our kitchen had surpassed its utility and was becoming an embracement when our friends and family would visit. We found ourselves making excuses and seldom entertaining in our home. We were also not satisfied with how small and closed in it felt. We interviewed 3 gene…
11003 Resource Pkwy Ste 201Houston, TX 77089
My Wife and I love this company! Very professional and friendly staff!We interviewed 5 other Builders and this one is our choice! The business has been around for over 26 years and the owner - Todd Whistler - is not only the Builder but also the Designer!His visions of our dream home came out to…
10694 Westheimer Rd Ste BHouston, TX 77042
Top notch personnel…if humans were worker ants these guys would win, they worked so organized, fast and so clean. I had to get my roof replaced and like the rule of thumb I solicited 3 other contractors with Ultimate being the only company to be personally recommend. As a woman you take precauti…
5599 San Felipe StHouston, TX 77056
As a Houston design build company in Houston, Texas, Stone Construction Houston has over a quarter of a century history of Houston office building construction, Houston industrial construction, Houston design build, Houston Industrial Build to suit, Houston metal buildings and Houston crane serv…
906 E 23rd StHouston, TX 77009
I hired Klint at Millbrook Construction to fix my 1920's garage that was dilapidated and non-usable. After comparing options to rebuild the garage or renovate the existing structure, we decided to renovate the existing garage including re-siding the structure, re-enforcing the ceiling beams, ins…
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 …
7825 Park Place BlvdHouston, TX 77087
From Business: S&B Engineers and Constructors is a privately held and fully diversified engineering, procurement and construction company with worldwide experience. Its headquarters and two other Houston-area offices are located minutes from Hobby Airport and the Houston Ship Channel and the Bayport/Pasadena industrial complexes. S&B pro…
3029 Broadway StHouston, TX 77017
I have seen this man build swimming pools, lay down concrete, rebuild a home after guttig it all out, lay tile, build rod iron fences, weld and even build a very nice dog house with a pourch. He works hard and spends time with other licensed professionals to get the job done right. Give this man…
2410 Quenby St Ste 200Houston, TX 77005
We used Lone Star on 2 occasions for addition/remodel jobs involving 5 different areas in our home. The professionalism exhibited by Wayne and Lou Ball and their staff, and the genuine concern for a happy, satisfied customer was refreshing. Considerable communication not only before, but also du…
11135 S Post Oak RdHouston, TX 77035
I would definitely recommend SB Lonestar for any work. The level of professionalism was superb along with the quality of the work. I had some work done in my new home and I was totally satisfied with the results . They are geniune and not just out trying to make a profit like most contractors. …
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!
8565 Mosley RdHouston, TX 77075
ARI Construction has completed 2 projects on my home. Both were insurance restorations. The quality of work is excellent, their staff is friendly and helpful and work was completed in a timely manner. I would recommend them to any of my friends and family.
9000 Hempstead Rd Ste 130Houston, TX 77008
John will always work with you to get the project done the way YOU want it done. They can do your project from the ground up or just a small remodel if you prefer. You pick the schedule and they work around it. They have done projects that take only a day hanging a door to more complicated proje…
6655 Hillcroft St Ste 101Houston, TX 77081
Wonderfull job, amazin cabinets, great price, no going over budget. Great GuysThank You
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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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.
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.
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!!
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.
Absolutely TERRIBLE Customer service and poor work ethic. I talked to Melissa about some home repairs and have yet to receive a quote for services on my home after Hurricane Harvey. At that, upon further inspection, I refuse to do business with a company that puts ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS before American Workers who are literally dying to work. With so many Contracting companies in the city- you would be wise not to waste your time with a company that tries to make a quick buck at your expense. 1 STAR.
RUN the other way-FAST!!!!!Rivas came out to give me a quote for the repair of a leaking roof. Adam said that it would take 4 workers a full day to fix 1 leaky area on the roof. When the day came to fix the roof, 2 workers showed up, one worker stayed in the air conditioned truck while the other worker spent less than 30 minutes up on the roof. When I went outside to ask them about the leak, they had no idea that they were there to fix a leak (even though they supposedly had pictures and a workorder to refer to). Needless to say, the roof leaked the next time it rained. Rivas was quick to come out again to "repair" the roof. I suspect the speedy services was attributable to them not being paid yet. They went up on the roof again and later, Adam went up to "inspect" the work. We recently noticed that the leak is seeping through to another area right beside the original leak. We called Rivas THREE times before they responded to our telephone calls. They were supposed to come out on 11/7/12 to look at the leak, but canceled because, "Adam lives in Clearlake and didn't feel like driving all the way out to Missouri City for one appointment". Adam finally showed up on 11/15/12 and said that someone could fix the loose shingles in a couple of weeks. A COUPLE OF WEEKS???!! My complaint is that if these people are licensed roofers, why then can they not identify and treat the problem? Why are they not willing to quickly correct the error and redeem their apparent lack of expertise in the roof repair business. If they can't fix such a simple problem, like loose shingles (if that is truly the problem), then why didn't they identify the loose shingles the first 3 times they were up on the roof?I just want my money back so that I can find HONEST, COMPETENT, ROOFING professionals to fix my roof. It's really just that simple, it's not brain surgery.
Clean work site and work was completed timely. We look forward to working with them again on our other properties.
I do NOT recommend this company at ALL! After hiring them after Harvey, they did not touch my house for 4 months. They did very minor demolishing in ONE small bathroom etc. Communication is very poor, not only with their clients, but among themselves as well. I was given two project managers and when I would ask one project manager something, I had a few responses with "I wasn't aware of that" which they were. That just showed me that they wouldn't forward each other information. Once I decided to end contract with them, my invoice was ridiculous. Unfortunately i had to pay to get my waiver of lien in order to proceed my project with another contractor (a request from my mortgage) and once I called the owner himself and ask about it, he was very defensive, unprofessional and rude. He blamed me for my project to be at a standstill because I didn't provide them with my insurance scope of work. Which I did email it to the project manager THREE weeks after hiring them and he uploaded it to my "Buildertrend" (an App they choose to communicate with their clients) file and in this App dates are shown when you upload things. I even got an email from their accountant a month after the scope was uploaded saying that they were waiting for me to submit the scope in order to start my project(another proof of poor communication within themselves). One of the project managers is very rude and disrespectful. As an unsatisfied client, I believe I had the right to be very upset after viewing my invoice. When speaking to the owner about that, he did not carry himself in a professional manner and would not let me speak and would talk over me. Just save yourself emotional stress and headaches and take your business else where.
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.