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.
182 Old Milwaukee RdLaredo, TX 78043
Let me tell you about Ricardo and his team at A-Plus Plumbing. We opened a new dental office recently and we had some sewage that backed up due to a clog outside our building. Ricardo came with his team and worked on solving the problem until 2:30 am on a Friday night. These guys worked until it…
1510 Calle Del NorteLaredo, TX 78041
From Business: Locally owned and operated serving Laredo, Rio Grande Valley and Houston Texas. Kelley R&R, LLC has been providing high quality and excellent services to residential and commercial roofing. From storm damage to regular re-roofing, we can take care of you. In addition to residential homes, we work with apartments, churches,…
6001 San Dario AveLaredo, TX 78041
Great experience with staff and especially our car salesman (Ricky). Always willing to help to get you the vehicle you want. Manager very humble with satysfying a customer in any way he can. I would definitely go back and buy a new car with them. I recommend anyone to make a purchase there.
2315 Wooster StLaredo, TX 78043
We needed a room demolished and the waste carted away. Demolition Unlimited scheduled with us promptly and during a weekend to our convenience. They did a quick, clean, and very professional job. We would gladly use this service again.
Laredo, TX 78045
From Business: Gilmar Construction LTD is your premier source for exemplary service! We are the dependable concrete contractors you can count on! We handle all the different types of concrete applications and construction projects. Gilmar Construction LTD guarantees its services and will complete the work on schedule. We are experienced …
Laredo, TX 78045
From Business: Our locally owned and operated company has been providing Laredo, TX with quality, long-lasting parking lot services. We use the highest quality products and prep all surfaces carefully to make sure that our work will last as long as possible.
6320 Bob Bullock LoopLaredo, TX 78041
Sent me a ridiculous email addressed to Customer. Asked them to respond directly to earn my business. Sent same type generic email in response. Uneducated team and management trying to survive in the Laredo they grew up in instead of the Laredo that is becoming. Don't waste your time with this …
1111 S Zapata HwyLaredo, TX 78043
My sister bought an SUV there 3 weeks ago. On February 24, 2018 to be exact. This morning March 21, 2018 her car caught completely on fire. Thank God she wasn’t hurt but when she went back to United Auto Group they did not only tell her they couldn’t help her but threatened to sue her if she doe…
1815 San Bernardo Ave Ste 2Laredo, TX 78040
Horrible service! A 'lady' called Sonia, she is extremely rude, unprofessional, apparently she hates her job, I am really upset about the way she talked to my mom, and apparently I am not the only one who hated her ' service' she talks to you like if she is doing you a favor when we have to pay …
1105 Market StLaredo, TX 78040
They don't honor their 3 yr. labor guarantee. If something goes wrong after they finish the job, and they can't fix it with roofing cement, you're out of luck. They don't honor their word or their contracts!!!!!
5809 East DrLaredo, TX 78041
This electrical company is one of the worst companys in laredo the pay there employee less then what a electrician has to be getting payed and the service suck and the owner is a cristian well that what he say but i don't think so really bad person
417 Shiloh DrLaredo, TX 78045
I checked for AC repair locations in Laredo through YP and saw that this business was rated 5 stars. I also read the review and believed that it was the location that I needed. Well, the receptionist was polite but made sure it was understood that there would be a $50.00 fee for just coming ou…
5710 San Bernardo AveLaredo, TX 78041
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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.
!!! PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU BUY !!! They sold me an overpriced lemon didn’t even make it 70 miles, it overheated lost all its coolant. Upon closer inspection the radiator fan was Jerry rigged and wasn’t working properly. I’ve been calling and have been getting the run around. They knew something was wrong with this car and they sold it anyway. They would not give me not even a 100 mile or one day guarantee.
My sister bought an SUV there 3 weeks ago. On February 24, 2018 to be exact. This morning March 21, 2018 her car caught completely on fire. Thank God she wasn’t hurt but when she went back to United Auto Group they did not only tell her they couldn’t help her but threatened to sue her if she doesn’t pay in full. That is awful customer service!!! I wonder if this is why they refused to give her the car fax when she asked for it before she bought the car. They were very quick to take her down payment and very quick to tell her it’s not their problem!!! I would tell anyone to run away from this place and look for a good place when deciding to purchase a vehicle. This was an awful experience!
Isla has been the nices employee too me she always takes my payments.
i would highly recommend this dealership
Zapata is amazing I really appreciate Jorge for helping me.
After as stressful month we finally got some luck our way and was able to buy a vehicle in our name. Thank you to Jorge!
Nice people and affordable down payments and monthly! JUST TOOK THE BEST LOOKING CAR A JAGUAR XF I Absolutely love it ��������
VERY POOR QUALITY ON VEHICLE, THEY LIE TO YOU IN SAYING THEY FIXED THE PROBLEM WHEN THEY DID NOT, VERY UNSATISFIED
Best auto sales in Town Great service anywhere you go Very good and clean cars
Your Better off with a REAL Dealer ship? Great rates, bad cars and Awful customer service.. if only i could give No stars!!
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.