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.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
All the good reviews that I have read about Chi Dynasty are true. Chinese food is authentic. The place smells great and the chicken salad is a must try. The friendliness of the staff seems genuine too. I have never seen such good customer service.
I can’t believe coffee shops can be this great. Their coffees and shortcakes are mouthwatering and incomparable to foreign sweet treats. Among their servings, my favorites are chocolate chip frappe and oreo cheesecake. Their crew is neighborly and well-trained. They really know how to deal with their customers. All in all, the whole place is soothing and conventional.
I have been living in a studio on Edgemont st for about two months now and I’m most likely going to move out soon because the place is a dump. There’s fruit flies constantly hovering the entrance to the building, no heat at my unit, the hallways stink of weed, there’s no working intercoms, the stairs have been in pieces for weeks and It took the super two weeks to produce a simple mailbox key. The super, Bill deserves a special mention for being the laziest and most unprofessional super I’ve ever had to put up with. I’ve rented units for about eight years now and I’ve never encountered a worse superintended before. Trust the reviews and stay away from their properties or you are going to regret it.
I was a tenant at an R & E Management property. Shortly after moving in, I noticed a lot of issues on the property. R & E Management allowed other tenants on the property to violate numerous terms of the lease which were explicitly prohibited in the lease agreement. This included illegal parking by non-tenants, tenants parking unauthorized extra cars on the property, auto repair on the property with loud power tools, construction projects on the property with loud power tools, excessive drinking and loitering in the parking lot, non-residents having access to the property through parking gate remotes and unlocked sliding gate by the trash dumpster. This was communicated to R & E with AMPLE PHOTO AND VIDEO PROOF of the violations, but the violations continued. When I attempted to further communicate with them by email and phone, management would not return my emails or calls. This continued for nearly four months. I was in a 12-month lease with them and this company would not even return my calls to discuss early termination of my lease. During this time, the violations continued and the offending tenants felt empowered to harass me and physically assault me as a result of R & E Management's inaction against them. I was going to retain a lawyer to deal with R & E's breach of contract but the offending tenant's daughter decided to physically assault me. I got a restraining order against her which allowed me to legally terminate my lease without penalty and get away from this nightmare management company and their unruly tenants. This is the most unprofessional and shady property management company I have ever dealt with. Avoid R & E Management at all cost. Many tenants have complained about them. Search their reviews online and see what I mean.
I went there around 6 pm, it's crowded, I put bag on a table, a few saw it, after I come back, they are closing, I knocked on window and door, they saw me, still not respond as if they have no ears or hearts, then I told them I lost a big bag with new purchase, they said they couldn't open the door, when police came, they opened it saying can not review camera.
my experience is amazing in site because this is sure site which provide the service accurate which said.
The manager here, Zenaida, is the literal worst I’ve ever seen. She’s perfectly friendly towards customers and then she turns around and harasses, belittles and intimidates her employees. She demands explanations when they have to call out for emergencies (in violation of California law), trains them with outdated materials, and yells at them in front of customers, as I witnessed. No one who works here is happy under her direction and this location would be much better served by removing her from her post. The other employees are friendly, welcoming and exceptional at their jobs. It’s just a pity they’re so thoroughly mismanaged.
Manager Joseph (NOT Joseph Mahgerefteh. that guy you will never meet as he is a cardiologist that just owns the property) that looks like the dishonest merchant from middle eastern flea market with his rude minion assistant Mary is the filthiest thing that happened to me in LA. I rented an apt at 1259 N ardmore. the apt was great. Management was very bad. Their gate is mulfunctioning so I got my lexus and my bmw hit by the gate from the side. Asking the management to cover the damages they refused to disclose the insurance info, refused to pay and yelled at me.There was an old guy living upstairs and he and his family was harassed and asked to leave the place because he was living there for a while and didnt pay as much as they wanted him to pay. He also refused to help the old guy when he lost his keys near the house by helping him obtain the copy.The other family told me he increased the rent one day for them for like several hundred just cause he wanted. They complained to some agency and it was reverted.After leaving the apt in pristine condition he returned 400$ from 1400 security deposit.I wonder if the owner Joseph Mahgerefteh realizes that such way of handling the people and proterty is actually damaging the business overall in the long term while saving couple bucks here and there on cheating people and not maintaining it well.Rude, dishonest, filthy, uneducated scum.Trust your gut and dont rent from this Bad business.
Close to work but always super crowded and they run out of my favorite items fast. Pre ordering helps through the app.
If I could, I give it 0 stars . If I would have known about the risks about living in their property I would have called Building Safety and the Health Department as soon as I moved in . 5 rats in 1 year, cockroach and flea problem ,unprofessional maitenance done in apartments and unprofessional and rude managers in their properties . She violated my confiditentiallity and turned in my checks late everytime . Not to mention my apartments broken into twice due to fake cameras , allowed drug usage in back of apartment and in front and no security at all in building . Please listen when I say don't rent from them and if you do seek legal assistance and all the departments you need
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.