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.
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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.
We recently hired Admire to repair our front stoop.We found them to be highly professional and reasonably priced.The crew made sure to clean up after the job was completed and took care with all of their work.I would highly recommend Admire to any homeowner needing work done. I would gladly use them again if the need arose.
I recently hired Admire Construction Co. to water seal and paint all my basement walls. The Owner was extremely courteous and very professional. His workers started on time and completed the work according to his detailed specification. Clean, beautiful job. I recommend him highly. 5 stars!!
We hired Abid to do concrete work on our outside of our house and when you look at it from a distance it looks nice but when you look up close you see that things are not cut straight. They are not level. That there are areas where he did not put in the tiles. When we told him about it he said we would need to buy the stones again and tiles even though it was his mistake. He said he was following the natural bent of the stairs and that is why it was crooked. But as a expert and skilled construction person that is what he was to correct otherwise I could have done it myself and the job would have come out better. We also had him do work inside our home. Electrical, laying of floors and putting up sheetrock. We noticed the big gaps in our wood floor and spoke to about it he dismissed our concerns. He was rushing to finish so he could go home to his country in Pakistan. The sheetrock was put up, compounded and painted but it has all kinds of bumps in it and does not look professional at all. The electrical work was done incorrectly and we had to hire an electrician to come in and make corrections so that it would not BURN. Furthermore when he took out our glass mirrored closet doors he had his worker put it in his truck without asking us if we were keeping them he lied to us and said that they were not usable because of the new floor. We found out today 10.8.17 that they could have been reused all that was needed is for us to cut the top of the frame move it up and then reinstall the doors. I had to tell the worker to bring back out our doors and I donated them to the church since I believed Abid that we could not reuse them. He cost us additional money for 3 doors that we had to replace. Also he helped himself to our insulation took it citing that he needed it for his home. He used our materials that we bought for our home to do repairs in his home. Would not recommend him at all. He is pleasant but his work is not good.
This company is absolutely horrific & fraudulent, actually bordering on criminal!!! If I could give a negative score I would. They were hired to remodel our kitchen. They gave us an estimate of how long it would take & cost. We signed a contract with them. Well it too four times longer then contracted & they still left things unfinished! The workers either come late or don"t show up at all. The site manager named "Ganny" continually demanded more money than was contracted for the job....during the job He attempts to hold the customer hostage by not sending workers to continue the job, in the middle of it. This is how he gets tons of extra cash out of unwary customers! How do we know this?...because HIS OWN WORKERSn told us that this is what he does all the time!!! What a POS!!! When you, the consumer protest...he just stops sending his workers. When you call the office to complain you get his daughter who talks in circles & goes along with his unfair actions! Well he did not win with us & got none of the extra money he was demanding because I had all texts & communications with him saved plus the written & signed contract. This company is a total fraud that do not do what you contracted them for! It was a horrific up hill battle to get our kitchen half done. We had to call in another contractor to fix their atrocious work. BTW while the workers were in our house they were getting calls from other customers screaming about unfinished work, leaks, bad work...u name it!! BUYER BEWARE! UNLESS U ARE LOOKING FOR THE HEADACHE OF A LIFETIME>>>>>DO NOT HIRE THESE CLOWNS!!!
People be Aware of this Plumber, scammer ☠️☠️ please don't give advance payment before the work is Complete. Disapointment
Ali at Admire Construction did not honor our contract. He quoted and drafted a contract for a certain amount and insisted on waiting until after winter to begin the job. He then brought up the price of the work and said "due to circumstances, sorry about that". Do not trust this individual. I can provide written proof and email exchanges about his unprofessional services. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.