Stillo did a very lengthy series of repairs on our house. What started as a seemingly small job mushroomed into a much larger job very quickly as a serious amount of underlying wood rot was discovered. All work included, Stillo performed about 6 months worth of intensive work, stripping off a significant amount of improperly installed stucco. The poor initial install had caused some walls to be so severely rotten that the old studs looked like pulp. As a former contractor myself, I was very discerning and thorough in the selection process leading up to selecting Stillo Construction for this job. Stillo was 1 of 5 contractors allowed the opportunity to bid out this job. With all factors considered, I decided Stillo was the most fair price given their extensive knowledge, experience, large crews, and attention to detail. Being a 6 month job, a few issues did come up. At one point, during the repairs, a tarp blew loose during a rainstorm, and some leaking resulted. Stillo repaired all of the minor damage without any argument, free of charge, and made it look as if nothing had ever happened. In the end, Stillo was contracted for numerous jobs. Every bit of work, or change to any work was very professionally handled through detailed, and itemized contracts. Stillo also provided their proof of insurance without me even requesting it. They provided a $1 million liability policy. Stillo did an excellent job with clean up, and considering that they virtually rebuilt the house, we could not be happier. All the paint was matched perfectly, tile work looks amazing, the stucco looks great, and was done to code, and built to last. Every step of the way, Frank was happy to show me the underlying rot, and justify any work that needed to be done. Fantastic work overall. Without a doubt, Stillo has to be the best Stucco contractor in the Houston area, if not in all of Texas. I would give this job a 6 our of 5 stars. Excellent work.
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…
We have just recently had ethicus construction replace our damaged concrete (thanks HOA for your kind letter!). Jeffrey took care of everything, form the home owners association to the needed permitting (we live in the city). I have included a photo. Friendly bunch of folks, ask for Jeffrey!
8300 W Little York RdHouston, TX 77040
From Business: Braband Building Systems, Ltd. is a Houston based design build general contractor with over 35 years of commercial construction experience in the Houston and Harris County area. Our reputation is based on repeat business and referrals.
711 Old Genoa Red Bluff RdHouston, TX 77034
From Business: General Contractor serving the needs of private industry, municipal, state, and federal construction in the Gulf Coast area. We offer competitive proposals on a lump sum, unit price or negotiated basis on all types of industrial and heavy engineering construction, specializing in pile driving, concrete, marine construction…
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. …
Used Torres Services to update the floors in my house. I have used contracting companies before, but they did an exceptional job. They were also very friendly and gave me a great deal! I would definitely recommend them to any family or friends!
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.
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…
We highly recommend Salvador’s Painting. They painted the whole interior of our house. They did an excellent job. Professional, courteous, hardworking, with attention to detail. We were very pleased with their work at a reasonable price.
15. Jean's Painting
Jean's Painting did a fantastic job for us! I contacted Mr. Jean on Friday, he got a quote to me the same day, and came and finished the job on Monday. His responsiveness, attentiveness, punctuality, and attention to detail are far superior to his competitors. We will definitely be using Jean's…
16. Cherry Companies
I am very disappointed with this company for the lack of community responsibility. My windshield was damaged by the company's vehicle and I was told to file on my insurance. I took a picture of truck with license plate but yet they feel no liability or responsibility for their vehicles. It is un…
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…
Houston, TX 77049
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…
19. J.B. Passmore
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…
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 …
9310 Firnat StHouston, TX 77016
From Business: Vazques Remodeling is a locally owned and operated company with outstanding quality of service. With over 15 years of experience, we have helped hundreds of home owners with various house repairs including floors,painting, windows, siding, roofing, and other remodeling needs.
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 …
We hired these guys earlier this year in February 2014, very decent, dad and 2 sons came down, gave me a pricing for my drive way. very reasonable pricing and did an excellent job in time. Would highly recommend this company, a family owned!
After hurricane Ike we had quite a few other quotes for other roofing companies, but by and far they were they best, not just because of price, but all they offered in their quote. So many times when you receive a quote and at the end of a project the estimate is not what you end up paying, but …
30. Mundy Companies
11150 S Wilcrest DrHouston, TX 77099
From Business: The Mundy Companies provides various services, including loading and unloading, packaging, railroad operations, security, warehousing, and janitorial. The company assists its customers with capital projects, such as debottlenecking, expansions and modifications to existing units. Its employees perform various maintenance f…
Our roof was damaged after Hurricane Ike but like many other Houstonians our insurance company denied paying for our roof several times after many negotiotions we finally got the ok and funds needed from our insurance company to replace our roof. We were given Quantum's number by one of our neighbors; We contacted Quantum and two other contractors. Quantum's rep came out the same day. The other contractors one was able to come out on Saturday only (seemed like they were scheduling around there schedule not mine) and the other said they were coming out and then never showed up he finally did call three days later and wanted me to re-schedule the appointment and when I would not reschedule he said well I have another appointment in your neighborhood tonight so I will just stop by when I told him that was not necessary he seemed upset and hung up. My husband called there office and left a message for the office manager which never returned the call. After some research, we choose quantum because we felt they were a professional company and had been in business way longer than several other contractors and had an A rating with the BBB. Our roof was replaced in one day with very minimal inconvenience to us. We are very pleased with our new roof.
We replaced our siding and some wood can't remember the name but it goes around the perimeter of the house because it was in pretty bad shape. They inspected the roof and (unlike most companies that all they want is money) he told us it was still in decent shape and he could come back in a year or so to inspect then. He offered us several siding and paint options to choose from I wanted the same color that was on the house before but did not remember the name. Our sales person took one of the siding pieces to sherwin williams matched the color brought it back so we can see it and made sure that we were happy with the color, He also gave us several paint options to choose from at the end we selected super paint which excedded our expectations and was in our price range. We were extremely satisfied with the service, product knowledge and one on one attention that our project received.... I will be using Quantum Builders in the future and am happy to recommend to everyone.
I wanted to write a quick note to express how happy I am with my new laminate flooring. The upstairs rooms were the last 2 rooms to get the makeover, and I'm so glad I found CJ. Not only did y'all match the "internet price" for the flooring, but you were able to give me a great price on the installation. Great price is important, but service & quality go hand in hand, also. The crew was professional & on time & great to work with. The quality of the workmanship was great. I fully expect to use CJ again as I have a lot of work left in this old house! What I also appreciate is the fact that you "showed up." I can't tell you how many contractors don't & it irritates me to no end to wait & then they call at the end of the day. You were always here when promised & kept in touch during the day. You get lots of points in my book when this happens. I was also excited when my carpeting came in, my stairs look great!
You're taking such good care of us, just like somebody would do for their mama. We are planning to have more work done in the near and far future and hearing that you guys will probably be doing your own financing at some point will make it sooooo much easier to pay for. Not only that, but having a little history with a reputable contractor will save wear and tear on an old lady's nerves. If you want to write something up advertising your business, Patti will post it to the Baker Hughes employees website, and I just know we're gonna love our new carpet, so anytime you want to use us as a reference, don't hesitate. Most of the time I'm home all day, so if you need someone to fold flyers or any other menial but time consuming tasks like that, I volunteer. I think it's so cool that your goal is to be the best in Houston and I believe it's gonna happen. Anyway...........thanks for the awesome deal, we can hardly wait!
Quantum Builders replaced my roof last month and will be adding insulation to my home in the next couple of weeks. They did an AWESOME job. I have already highly recommended them to 2 co-workers and my brother's roof is being looked at this week. The sales person that came out to our home was so detailed and easy to comprehend, his presentation was great and answered all the questions we had. The office staff was very friendly and called us through the full process. The crew was great and you can tell have been doing this for a very long time. We had a bad spot of wood from a previous leak that I forgot to mention and the crew foreman pointed it out and asked if I would like to see it before they replaced the wood. I love pulling in the driveway of my beautiful home... Thanks Quantum for a wonderful job!!!
I am so glad my husband and I chose Quantum Builders to replace our roof and add insulation to our home. We actually know and understand how our new roof system works with our ventilation and insulation and well it's not summer time yet but our electric bill has already drastically improved like almost 50% can't wait too see what it is in the summer time. Our AC use to run constantly and now seems like it hardly kicks on and when it does it actually shuts back off really it's amazing not only does my home look great and the temperature is so comfortable in the entire house but with my AC running less that means it should also last longer. The service and quality of work was simply superb we are extremely happy.
We replaced our roof last week through Quantum Builders. Two thumbs way up for these guys. My insurance company originally paid for a repair only we contacted a couple of roofing companies and some of them gave us a couple of estimates some to repair just the area the insurance paid for (higher than what they insurance paid) and some for full roof replacements. When Quantum Builders came out, Kyle took the time to explain how they handle insurance claims, he met our 2nd adjuster out there and took care of getting us approved for a TOTAL Roof. I'm glad the process was fast, but most of all it was a great job well done.
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 be exactly what we wanted and cannot wait to start building with ARCHITRAVE!!! We understand that building a custom home is a bit more pricey on sq ft vs buying a production home, but we want the quality and detail to make ours unique. It is well worth the cost!
We hired 2 Men With Tools to repair some major sheetrock damage and repair a roof leak. Mr. Simmons showed up to give an estimate for the work as scheduled, gave us a very reasonable quote, and did a great job. His quote was not the cheapest we received, but he was very honest with us and we knew he would do the best job. Also he was insured which alot of contractors aren't. We will definitely use this company for all of our home repair needs as they come up because they are very trustworthy and honest!
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.