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I thought it was important to let others know what type of company they will be dealing with when they call Leanhart Plumbing. The plumbers who arrived at my door were very professional, clean cut and so polite. I had to call them in the middle of the night, it was cold and snowing outside. Pipes had busted and water was everywhere, I wasn't in the best of spirit. My shut off valve was locked up and my lot is so large I would have never found the vault outside. They went right to work shutting off the water and getting to businesses, no standing around. The plumbers walked in prepared and knew what they were doing. Leanhart cleaned up all their mess and some of my own and they even recommended someone who could help extract the remaining water from my carpets and drywall. The next morning someone from their office called me to make sure everything was ok and to offer any assist that I may need. I will recommend them to all my friends and family. I feel rest assured I made the right decision when I called Leanhart Plumbing. They did a wonderful job and at a rate that was affordable.
Very honest! This is not something that I generally don't expect when I call any kind of contractor. We thought we had a problem that most contractors would charge $500-$1000 to fix (busted pipe under a slab foundation.) Drexler Tom Plumbing and Remodeling Co representative came over for a free estimate and found that our actual problem will only cost us $5-$15 for us to fix ourselves and they didn't charge us a penny! They will be the first ones I call the next time I have a plumbing problem. The honesty is definitely appreciated. I would definitely recommend this company to a friend. More detail on the problem: We had water coming up from underneath slab foundation, so we thought it was a busted pipe. They took a look at the problem and found that it was the condensation from the furnace (because a pipe wasn't insulated) that was going entering the slab at one spot and coming up at the low point in the slab, so it just looked like that it was coming from underneath.
I have needed the services of Maeser Master Services twice in the last 6 months. They were punctual, professional and the pricing was reasonable. Our water heater was 21 years old and would not get the hot water up to our 2nd floor. The plumber explained that there was a tube that desinagrated. With in 20 minutes there was a new 50 gallon water heater at my house. 30 minutes later they had it installed. Last month we had a leak coming from our 21 year old sump pump. That was a pipe issue but because of the age of the sump pump we were encuraged to replace it. This was also handled quickly and professionally. Maeser's had been the plumbers that were used when we had our house built. Most people have been shocked that we got 21 years out of both the water heater and the sump pump. I would recommend them to anyone with a plumbing issue. Fran
Last year I developed a leak in my plumbing, I called Maeser, the were quick to respond, sent a tech, very professional, and quickly located the problem. He gave me a written estimate and applied the $25 coupon. I signed off on the estimate and the necessary repairs were completed. Then this year I had another leak and based on my past experience there was no quiestion but to call Maeser, due to the nature of the leak I told them they could come the next day, they were here bright and early. Located the problem, again very professional, even used protective covers over their shoes, gound the problem and repaired it. Based on both visits I have to say they were professional, prompt and I felt very much at ease with their assessment and recommendation. Would I use them again, yes without a doubt, and highly recomment Maeser to anyone.
I would like to highly recommend Premier Home Improvement. Premier recently completed our kitchen family room open concept remodeling project. I have nothing but praise to give Robert Griebe, the owner and his workers! Rob and his company completed our project in two weeks! Our project included tearing down two walls, reinforcing our home's structure, adding can lights, covering the textured ceilings with drywall so they would be smooth, installing new hardwood floors, adding decorative moldings and painting. Everything was completed in a professional manner. What I liked the most about Premier was how Premier's workers took great pride in their work and wanted to make sure that we were completely satisfied with everything! They even cleaned up at the end of each day! I would like to highly recommend Premier Home Improvement!
I rent in Hillview, Ky. and returned from work in GA for a weekend. I noticed my kitchen sink was leaving a mess under my cabinets and the pipe was busted. I called Maeser Plumbing and they were out within 2 hours that same day!! I was so happy to get it done so fast. The guy who came was very informative and pointed out other problems I did not know about but gave me no pressure to fix anything unecessary on my part but bring the attention to the landlord. I appreciated his honesty and quality job to get me taken care of. Thanks guys for great customer service and treating me with urgency. You guys take alot of pride in your business and the way you treat people and it is so appreciated these days. I will refer my friends and family for any future needs. Trisha Grabert Liberty Tax Service Louisville, Ky. 40229
Although I can't offer any specific negative aspects of this company, I can say that Cliff, Adam, and Alan have all three performed work at my house over the years, and all three have been worthy of me continuing to use this company. Cliff seems to have to most work experience, while Alan seemed to genuinely care about informing me about exactly what needed to be done and the most cost effective way of handling my problems. I did have to pay a bill that I thought maybe should have been covered under warranty, but once it was explained to me the reasoning for the charge, I was satisfied that it was out of the companies control to have prevented, or been held responsible for my drains re-clogging. No company is perfect, but at least they were willing to work with, and talk with me. I would recommend them to anyone.
I contacted Maeser Plumbing for issues my Dad had with his pipes and toliet's being clogged. The person whom I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and listened to all the issues that my Dad had. They sent out Chris Vincent in a timely manner and he was very friendly and answered all Dad's questions. I liked that he took the time to lay out matting and wore botties to not get any dirt on my Dad's carpet. My Dad was very pleased with the service and kept bragging about what a GREAT JOB, Chris did and how he took the time to clean up the area he worked at. Above and Beyond Quality Service. I would recommend Maeser Plumbing to all my Friends and Family. You can't go wrong...!!!! Thank you Maeser Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We will be calling on you again.
I have never "reviewed" a business here in Louisville, but have to say I'm so impressed with this company- A man by the name of "Steve" answered my call himself immediately. He wasn't able to come to my rescue until later that day but he worked late in order to help me. Turns out he not only fixed my problem (AC not running), but he also uncovered a dangerous situation that could cause a fire! He gave me an estimate on that job before he left. Being the skeptic I am, I then had two other electricians check it out-I'm not one easily fooled. Dr Electric was right on target-and, his prices were more reasonable than the other two. It is good to know that honest people still are around.
Central A/C unit wasn't coming on. Ended up being a bad dual capacitor. Was charged $250 which included the $69 service call. Way too high. The tech was quick to diagnose and repair (and that does have value) and he was on time (early, in fact, also value-added) but still is too much for a part that I found out could not have been more than $50. He also had some disparaging comments regarding LGE's demand conservation, which I later discovered was misinformation from him. I didn't think about using a $25 coupon toward repair, nor was I in the mood to negotiate. Yes, shopper beware, but there's a difference between making a living and making a killing. Just sayin.
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.