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.
1410 Enid StHouston, TX 77009
Have been trying to contact them for 3 weeks now. Automated answering system, ext 10-14 voicemails are full, left messages on ext 15. No reply. faxed 3 times, no response. Saw a google Plus posting where another person is having the same problem we are
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
This is unprofessional people I have ever seen. I regret doing business with Scott and sons Auto sales. They were rude, liers and very disrespectful to their customers. I have never known anyone who walks out of there happy after doing business with them. I am confident that they wrote any good reviews that you read here by themselves. That idiot name Scott is the most unprofessional and rude among them. Most people go there only because they don’t do the credit thing.....not because you get any kind of good deal or better treatments. You will be an idiot to do business with them.
The guys at ANF will definitely work with you in building your credit and putting you in a nice vehicle.. I highly recommend purchasing with the guys at ANF.. They are the yes when everyone else says No.
Nice and professional peopleI like their carsAnd I recommend every one who needs a car to go buy it from kalmax auto sale
I had a very nice car buying experience with this dealer.He held the truck for me until.I could arrive just based on a verbal phone agreement ,with other potential buyers on hold , a man of his word.waited in the late hours of the night for me to arrive because of my work scheduleVery fairly priced Awesome detail job before pick upI can not speak for others experience but for me it was the best used car buy i had ever had Very professional and friendlyNo vehicle surprises, he went over everything along with my own extensive vehicle check. Was everything he said it was I think the negative reviewer needs to shop at a few more used car lots and inspect their vehicles better before purchase to get a better opinion of others prices or professionalism before posting.These are auction cars Others are Either overpriced or sketchy i felt none of that hereThe vehicle I purchased retailed at double my cost Very happy with this buy
Excellent sales and service
get shabanatized and get 2yr. warrant r24,000miles which ever comes first. honeywell will take care of your car when u bring it to them for repairs.
Sebastian Benitez just received My income tax plus I saved just for this bmw 550i. Its nicer than my old jetta. I'm really grateful because when I got there after test driving the bmw. I realized I left the money at home. I asked if they could hold it for 1 day.I talked to Peter he told me that they don't reserve cars everything is first come first serve. I asked for the manager and Dennis came outside introduced himself and talked to me I explained to him my situation, he said he would hold the bmw for me and gave me a white slip to bring back .I came back today we finished everything. It was Worth every penny Thank you Peter & Dennis.
This is my people. They take care of me and got my bmw
WORST CAR DEALER EVER!!! THE ONLY THING THEY SALE THEIR ARE LEMON CARS. I BOUGHT A BMW FROM THEM CASH AFTER2 OR 3 WEEKS CAR STARTED OVERHEATING AND COMES OUT TO BE THAT THE ENGINE WAS NO GOOD. HAD THE HEADGASKETS BLOWN SINCE THEY SOLD IT TO ME!!! AVOID WAISTING YOUR TIME ANS SAVE YOUR $ GO TO ANOTHER PLACE. NOT TO MENTION THEY HAVE THE WORST CUSTOMER SERV. INCLUDING THE OWNER MARK HIMSELF. THIS IS A TRASHY AND SHADY DEALER THAT THEY DONT CARE WHO THEIR CARS WILL LEVE STRANDED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. NOT TO MENTION THAT THEY CHARGE ILLEGAL FEES AS FAR A INSOECTION $100 AND OTHER SERVICE FEE FOR $150 WITH DOES NOT SAY FOR WHAT. TAKE MY WORD FOR IT AVOID THIS PLACE !! BY : THE LADY YOU SOLD 04 BMW 330I
Unless they are selling the girl in the picture. Don't be fooled. I was a hurricane Harvey victim and needed something for my family so I jumped at the idea to go with them. I bought my 2008 dodge ram truck in September with around 186,677 miles on it. We were desperate. The check engine light came on three days later. I spent $400.00 getting all new tires and the water pump changed. In October I had to take it back to them because the check engine light was still on. They charged me $200.00 to change the oil pressure switch. I got on the Freeway and drove about 7 miles and the engine light came back on. I called them and and they told me to schedule an appointment. They called me In November to finally pick up my plates. Now, I don't know how they got the truck to pass inspection with the check engine light on because, in the state of Texas. You can't pass a vehicle with the light on unless you pay someone to do it. Which is illegal. (Maybe I need to call the state of Texas Department of Public Safety to find out. Or just copy and paste this to their website) now the truck is still messing up with more codes popping up. I keep the vehicle maintained. My payments are $150.00 every two weeks but I pay the full $300.00 on the 1st. They are a rip off. They add your down payment to your balance and make that your new balance so that you owe more than what your starting balance is. So that your down payment doesn't go towards the truck as a decrease. It makes it higher. They say it is legal because you sign the contract. The only difference is that I recorded the dumb bitch when I asked her about it and she claimed that it was to show the state of Texas the value of the vehicle. I am told to make sure to keep my payments up so that it doesn't look like I am doing this because I can't pay... Don't be fooled by them.
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.