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.
210 Ouida RdIrving, TX 75061
From Business: Ebanks & Sons Construction is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1949. Our owner is a finished carpenter and has a great deal of experience working on various projects. Please feel free to review our services page for a more detailed list of the services we offer.
2020 S Nursery RdIrving, TX 75060
From Business: Established in 1974, Lindamood Demolition specializes in demolition and implosion. It deals in commercial and residential demolition. The company offers a wide range of services, such as demolition (commercial and residential), implosions, asbestos removal, tree removal, heavy haul, lumber and tree mulching and many more. …
800 W Airport Fwy Ste 1100Irving, TX 75062
From Business: Glide Stone Construction and Consulting, LLC is your premier consulting and contracting company from 20 years. With us you get a company that is always professional, that understands that being on time is very important. With us, going above and beyond your expectations is not just a saying, its a rule that we live by.
445 N Briery RdIrving, TX 75061
From Business: Scope of business: HVAC, drywall, appliance installation, plumbing, electrical, garage door openers, roofing and guttering, central vacuum, concrete, handicap service, parking lot stripping, general service glass, backflow inspection service, fire inspection service, and 24 hour service
722 S Belt Line Rd Suite 150Irving, TX 75060
From Business: Panto Construction is a General Construction Company that joined the Construction Industry in 2010. Even though the company is young in the industry, we bring over 29 years of construction experience. We have thrived on being a highly skilled team of individual who shares a common mission: to provide every customer with ex…
3200 W Irving BlvdIrving, TX 75061
From Business: Home Services at The Home Depot is the top choice for home installation, replacement, and repair services in Irving, TX. Our local contractors serve 75061 and the surrounding areas and will do the work for you. Getting started is easy! Schedule a free consultation by visiting us in store at 3200 W Irving Blvd or by giving …
2410 Glenda LnDallas, TX 75229
We had our old sunroom replaced and can't tell you what a joy it was working with this company. The construction was very fast, very clean and the quality was superior to our original sunroom. Wish I could post pictures, because it looks just like a room addition. Well constructed with quali…
The Colony, TX 75056
We can't even begin to express our satisfaction with Don from Martin's Tile Works. We had our entire house remodeled from ceilings to floors. From start to finish Don came in and did an outstanding job and exactly on schedule as promised. He was professional, polite, clean and attentive to …
Carrollton, TX 75007
From Business: JCI Roofing is a Dallas roofing company and full service contractor specializing in residential and commercial roofing services. As professional Dallas roofers, we provide all our customers with the highest level of service. Whether your goal is energy savings, protection of your home or office building, or to improve its …
1918 Walnut PlzCarrollton, TX 75006
From Business: We are experienced with many types of projects including Master Planning, Office, Commercial, Industrial, Restaurant and Residential projects and have an excellent record of completing projects on a schedule and within a budget. Through dedication and commitment to the project, we strive for a personal client - contractor …
904 E Waggoman StFort Worth, TX 76110
Lon Smith Roofing did a fantastic job replacing our roof. Our Estimator/Contact, Garrett, was helpful from Day 1. He was professional, knowledgeable and always responded quickly. We had some unique problems with our roof, and Garrett worked closely with our insurance company to resolve any outs…
Dallas, TX 75212
From Business: Thank you for considering Premier Associates. We know finding a contractor is never an easy task. Fortunately, we offer services in Remodeling, Plumbing, Tile, General Contractor work, and Water Damage Restoration. That means less time spent finding someone reliable when we can do it all. We have a large fleet of contracto…
1510 Randolph St Ste 201Carrollton, TX 75006
From Business: We team closely with our Austin & DFW area homeowners, installers, project managers and suppliers to create stress-free home remodeling projects. Our combined 100 plus years of construction expertise, coupled with our integrity leadership, continue to propel our success and reputation as a provider of residential roofing a…
1924 Old Denton Rd Ste 102Carrollton, TX 75006
From Business: Aire Design Systems(ADS) has been serving the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex since 1981. ADS is a full service air conditioning and heating company providing commercial and industrial service and installation. With nearly 20 partners and vendors, Aire Design Systems, Inc. is your source for commercial and industrial air con…
1301 Denton DrCarrollton, TX 75006
We were so impressed with the level of customer service that we received from BC Roofing, Siding & Windows, an established company in the local DFW area that has been in business for over 25 years. Brad Carver, company President, provided proof of liability insurance, is in good standing with th…
770 Wingate RdCoppell, TX 75019
From Business: CalAtlantic Homes proudly builds thoughtfully designed homes from coast to coast, with outstanding quality and an unwavering commitment to true customer service. We invite you to learn more about our communities, our homes and our experience.
960 N Mill StLewisville, TX 75057
From Business: G&B Tile and Plaster, Ltd., located in Lewisville, TX is a professional swimming pool sub-contractor . Specializing in tile and coping installations, customer stonework, deck overlay systems and all plaster finishes for swimming pools for new construction projects, commercial projects and backyard renovations. We perform a…
Azle, TX 76020
Hank, Its been six months since you finished our addition and we still love it! Workmanship and quality are top notch and it looks as good now as when you finished it. Everyone who has visited has expressed how beautiful it look, feels and blends with the existing home. If you would like to use …
405 Brookfield DrGarland, TX 75040
Aegis re-roofed our house in one day! They improved our attic ventilation which helped to lower our summer cooling bills. They cleaned up as they worked and we have had no issues since they left. I will certainly use them again.
The Colony, TX 75056
From Business: Kingdom Work Homes is a Licensed and Insured General Contracting company specializing in everything from new builds to repairs, renovation and remodeling. With years of experience, professional service and skilled workers we have the ability to make your dreams a reality and then some from the ground to roof with residenti…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Our HOA used Reconstruction Experts to replace our roofs and windows after a hail storm. First, the workers were not at all professional and I honestly did not feel comfortable at all with them in my house. That I can look past though and is not why I'm writing this review.The first issue, and again I wouldn't have taken the time to write a review for this is that they didn't even know which of my windows they were supposed to be replacing and ended up ripping out the wrong one... They brought in a new one to replace the old one and it was about a foot too short. Eventually they procured a window that was the right height but it is not a 100% match to my old windows. The top of the sliding piece of glass is not at the same level as on my other windows and the white "lattice" bars inside the window are a different style. So they ripped out my perfectly good window only to replace it with one that doesn't match the rest.Like I said though, that wasn't why I'm writing this review. I'm writing this review because of the dryer vent they installed and their piss poor customer service after screwing that up too. They used a cheap hood with a wire mesh grill for the dryer vent. I of course didn't know this until my dryer stopped drying and I had to call out a handyman that could figure out what was wrong and fix it. When he got up on the roof he saw that though the dryer vent clearly stated in both english and spanish that "wire grill must be removed if using as a dryer vent", the wire mesh was still there. As you can imagine, lint got stuck on it and completely blocked the flow from my dryer. This service cost $350 which reconstruction experts has not reimbursed me after over a year of fighting. Their excuse? "We haven't been paid in full by your HOA so we can't reimburse you." Please tell me how that is my fault or problem. You screwed up (basically everything you did) and you should fix the problem/make the customer happy. I am very far from happy...
My remodeling project was a good experience working with Pro Builders USA LLCthank you Rich and thanks to your wonderful crews.
Terrible! These people did not start or finish in a timely manner. Management did not check the job site and therefore the foundation was not floated out properly prior to re installing our wood flooring so we have already had to call them back to glue down a plank with obvious movement. The corners of the baseboards did not match and Alcosa had to be called back many many many many times before the job was acceptable. The wooden medallion is not flush with the floor and we had to get another company to match the finish to the wood planks. Initially there were several blow outs around the medallion. Just save yourself a lot of head achs and choose a different company! The insurance company recommend these people. What a bunch of stress. We had a three page punch list of problems Alcosa had to fix.
Worst construction company they don't pay their sub. They left the job incomplete and then came back 1 year later to sue and put a lien on our property. Don't work with them
Terrible, stay away. They do not pay their bills. I couldn't get products to my job. Call and check out their references.
Texas framing & Construction is a terrific company with bilingual speakers all around. They take their work very seriously, and are proud of what they accomplish. Perfection is their goal, and i would highly recommend 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.