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.
4822 1/2 Ramus StHouston, TX 77092
From Business: Seguro Contracting Company offers a full-line of top quality roofing and sheet metal services. Incorporated in 1993, Seguro has installed roofs on many of Houston's and the surrounding area's finest homes, multi-family and commercial properties.
9762 Tanner RdHouston, TX 77041
Just finished up a bad water happening with these folks. They did a wonderful job.Roger the project manager, kept us informed as well kept project going well. Very pleased with the results and glad our insurance company had them as contacts. Karen part of the office staff was great as well They …
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…
1237 Allston StHouston, TX 77008
From Business: Established in 2002, Ford Contract Services Inc. specializes in the application, inspection and repair of rubber linings and corrosion control systems. Based in Houston, Texas, the firm offers a range of sheet rubber, industrial spray, high-baked phenolic tank and vinyl ester linings. It renders an array of services, inclu…
810 Walnut Bend LnHouston, TX 77042
From Business: Citywide Contracting is a full services general contracting service provider. We provide professional services to the Houston and Greater Houston areas. We have been doing so since 2010 and with your continued support, we will do so for many more years to come. Citywide provides services to both residential and commercial …
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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.
I had a problem with my roof it was leaking from the chimney and I called done right roofing because they had a $199 leak repair special and they came out the same day and fixed it and it never leaked again and they were affordable
Said owner of Eliud Roofing did some roof repair and I was satisfied with his work. I asked him if he did plumbing work also, he said yes, and he said that he could fix my toilets (2). He failed to look to see what type of toilet that I have install and brought the wrong toilets. He said that he would order the right ones for me and charged me $600.00 in advance because he said I had toilets he had to order. I paid him the money after Thanksgiving thinking I would have new toilets by Christmas. I have still not yet to see my new toilets and I have phone him numerous of times and each time he has lied and stated that he would come and put my toilets in. He even said he had the toilets. I am so disappointed. I thought he could be trusted. But I was mistaken. I will never do business with him again and I going to report him to the better business bureau and sue him for my money back.
I received a junk fax from this company.To the company's credit, it filed an assumed name (DBA) with Harris County. According to the DBA filing, the business is a sole proprietorship owned by Sonny Valentino Delmaro, and is located at 7323 Beechnut St, Houston, 77074.The company claims to do business at this address in its online listings and invoices.I attempted exercise my right to sue for damages under the junk fax law. The process server visited the 7323 Beechnut address but no one at that address knows Mr. Delmaro or has heard of Metro Roofing.I will leave it up to you as to whether you'll be able to recover damages or obtain warranty support if something is dis-satisfactory about their work.Coincidentally, a person with a similar name who also runs a roofing company is wanted in Nevada for accepting down payments for jobs but not doing any work or providing supplies.
We would like to take the time to write a review for the above and beyond service provided to us by Houston's Best Roofing company - Anchor Roofing Inc. We recently purchased our home and knew the roof would need to be replaced. We had 10 estimates for the work and finally decided to work with Anchor Roofing Inc. They took the time to explain what work would need to be done and how the task would be accomplished. They answered all of our questions very professionally. Anchor Roofing estimate was affordable, but not the most expensive. We are pleased with the results and have recommended this company to friends who also have roofing needs.
Worst decision ever. We had a house fire and ARI screwed up everything they touched. Installed wrong windows, doors, and paint. Drywall guy drank a 12 pack in our living room while we were at work, left the empty cans on our floor, ate food from our refrigerator, then took a dump in our bathroom leaving his waste unflushed. Brick layers had an 8 year old boy helping with hauling bricks. They bricked in the gas control valve for the fireplace and forgot to build the mantle. There is so much more. Stay clear of these idiots. In time, they’ll be out of business
They have failed to pay there landscape/Irrigation company. It been almost 200 day's since they were invoiced for two different jobs.
I've worked with Warwick on Petco projects where our Speed-Lift is used and everyone there is always great to work with!
Hire this company after a fire destroyed my home. They packed out my possessions. Then nothing for weeks, house was filled with mold do to there not taking action to dry out the house. Very disappointed with this company. Fired them and it has been a battle everyday since. Worst decision to hire this company in the first place.
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.