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.
3698 E Marshall AveLongview, TX 75601
Premier Construction was highly recommended to me by a friend. We had plans to remodel our home in phases. Today Premier has done 3 out of my 5 phases. We started with remodeling my living and dining room. We did a complete renovation of my kitchen. We remodeled two bedrooms. Next is a bedr…
8405 Us Highway 259Longview, TX 75605
From Business: Founded in 1974, Satterwhite Log Homes engages in constructing residential buildings using logs. Based in Longview, Texas, the company uses satterwhite logs as its primary building component obtained from across the Rocky Mountains. It offers various options with regard to the shapes and dimensions of the houses and floor …
4107 Ida StLongview, TX 75605
From Business: We install all types and styles of fences. We take pride in our work and strive to provide our customers with the best quality workmanship and satisfaction in the services and products we provide.
NT25 Lake CherokeeLongview, TX 75603
From Business: We provide custom Marine Construction to the East Texas Area. This includes but is not limited to: Boathouses, Retaining Walls, Decks, Patios, Piers, and Dredging. We have also done several home remodels and will in the near future be the General Contractor for a new Residential Construction project.
2173 Turkey RdGladewater, TX 75647
From Business: Founded in 1976 by Jerry R. Campbell, Trendsetter Construction, Inc., is a Professional, Family-owned and Operated Business Which Serves All Areas of Excavation and Site Work Construction - Specifically: - Oilfield - Residential - Commercial - Builders' Association (ETBA), AMBUS, ISNetworld, Better Business Bureau, Nationa…
906 Delia DrLongview, TX 75601
This business has Awesome service. They are very quick to respond in a time of urgency, like the time my bathtub overflowed and soaked my entire bathroom, bedroom, and hallway. Within a matter of minutes,they arrived at my front door and all the water was extracted from my carpet, and my carpets…
165 Mcpherson RdHallsville, TX 75650
Hired Jack (Roof Masters) for new roof and was provided 2 year warranty. Roof started leaking few months after installation. Called the owner, Jack, several times and complained about the leaks. Every time his guys came to repair, they created more damage to there roof than repairing it. Long st…
400 Ambassador RowLongview, TX 75604
All Seasons took care of my family and I. We had some issues with our windows. The owner came out himself looked it over and without and without any fuss took care of the issues for free. Bill and Dovena Akins and all the Staff I dealt with at All Seasons Windows and Doors with this issue were g…
5001 Judson RdLongview, TX 75605
From Business: Our forte is distinctive design, executed by professionals with attention to detail, quality, and function. Every project is custom designed, custom built, and addressed in a timely manner. When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
310 W Methvin StLongview, TX 75601
Outstanding service! I had to have my main sewer line cleaned after a clogged toilet caused backflow to the bathtub. Ron and his apprenticeship were knowledgeable, fast, courteous, and professional. And the rate is more than reasonable. Highly recommended!
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Bobby and his team are top notch! We had a sunroom taken off and remodeled into a beautiful patio. They also remodeled our out of date kitchen by adding new granite and paint as well as opening up the area between the dining area and den to give the house an more open feeling. We are more than happy with their work and will be using Bobby's company for future jobs.
he started doing a job. took 1/2 the money. tore up everything and just stopped coming. Would not return my phone calls Scammer! Beware
After discovering our toilet leaking in the master bath, we decided to contact Salter Construction to remodel our master bedroom and bath. Bobby's expertise and experience in this field, along with his employees and dependable contractors made this job worth every penny. These fellows came in and even cleaned up after their daily work each day which impressed us a lot. Bobby gave us an estimated time frame and it was completed right on schedule. The christian stance Bobby has also carries through his employees as well. We've appreciate the business relationship with Salter Construction so much, we've already referred this company to many of our friends. Thanks Bobby for taking care of our issues and look forward to more ventures with your business again in the future.
I recently discovered some major termite damage in my master bedroom. Once I had my home treated I called Bobby Salter to bid the work for me. I was extremely impressed with the thoroughness of his inspection on the work to be done and once his crew started the work they discovered more intense damage done to my foundation and the support system of my home. They saved me so much by discovering the damage now. They maintained a clean atmosphere and were very courteous and considerate of me while the work was being done. The quality if the finished room was beyond my expectations and better than when they started. Thank you so much Mr Salter for all you and your guys have done for me. I highly recommend you.
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.