Bob and Marilyn have been so good to us over the past three years. I would highly recommend leasing with them whether you are a college student or a young professional.They always acted so quickly when we had a maintenance request; they are both very caring people,and they are very respectful of their tenant's privacy. We felt very comfortable asking Bob any questions we had about the house. Bob and Marilyn worked with us when we renewed our lease to accommodate a move out date that would work best for us since we knew we would be moving the following year. When it came time to move out, Bob was extremely respectful of our privacy and safety when showing the house to potential renters. He was in constant communication with us and worked to accommodate our schedule. When it came time to move out, our deposit was returned in full with no issues! Bob strives to provide quality service, and he excels at doing so by being available, caring, and dependable to his tenants.
I appreciated the fact that my requests were not ignored. I am redoing my Kitchen and the specialists @ Lowes really know what they are talking about!!! I was very satisfied w the information I was given on all the appliance purchaces i made. I would also like to say that the warehouse was very …
IDK HER NAME BT SHE DRIVES A SILVER HHR. I RAN INTO HER THE OTHER DAY. I WAS AT MY GIRL HOUSE CLEANING. HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH STUBBORN STAINS. I TRIED EVERYTHING I COULD THINK OF. THE CLEANING LADY WAS PUTTING HER STUFF IN HER STORAGE WHEN I ASKED HER WHAT SHE USES. SHE SHOWED ME SEVERAL …
These guys are simply the best you can fined; they made it simple and easy for us, can't say enough about Handy - Randy's guys, simply pro's. will use them from now on, David & sandy Lawson Lubbock Tx
Bob and Marilyn have been so good to us over the past three years. I would highly recommend leasing with them whether you are a college student or a young professional.They always acted so quickly when we had a maintenance request; they are both very caring people,and they are very respectful of…
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I tried to make a complaint and the website was not even user friendly. I could only see half the screen on my smartphone. They make it really difficult to correct any problem. Not smart phone user friendly.
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The cottages is a great place to stay in Lubbock. First of all it is very close to campus and Walmart . I live in a four bedroom cottage and it is very nice. The price is a great deal for living where the location is and you get an excellent workout room, study room, and tanning beds included. I…
We had some vandals throw a large rock at one of our windows and began to get estimates on glass replacement and whole window replacement. I was really impressed by Kyle Karvas and how he demonstrated how the windows were constructed and there durability. Then when he gave me a price I decided …
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Ace roofing replaced our wood shake roof with a Decra steel roof. From start to finish Sal and his crew did a wonderful job. His crew was courteous thought the re-roofing project, they upon completion of the job thoroughly cleaned up the mess leaving our property as they found it, if not clean…
Bob, Marilyn and Vince are an outstanding example of a team that is personable, reliable, and quick. Each member of the team genuinely cares about your needs and wants all tenants to have an ideal living experience. In order to ensure quality contracts they work hard to accommodate the needs of their renters. Bob and Marilyn are both friendly and prompt. The Lubbock C&C team has maintenance that is just a phone call away. Any issue I have ever had has been taken care of the day I reported concern. Vince is extremely nice and enjoys the work he does. It is obvious his goal is to get maintenance issues resolved without delay. After renting with Lubbock C&C for a year, I have – without question – renewed my contract with them as a result of their friendly, dependable and speedy care. I highly recommend renting from this company!
I have enjoyed leasing from Marilyn and Robert of Lubbock C&C for the past two years. I rented from them during my college experience at Texas Tech. The close proximity to the University, affordable rates and the freedom of living in a house. Before I stated in a C&C property I lived on campus and had took a semester internship in Houston. Marilyn & Robert helped me feel comfortable moving off campus. The care and accommodations I have received have given me the best housing experience I’ve had during my time in Lubbock. They quickly fixed any problem me and my housemates had at our project and their courteous attitude made it a pleasure to just pop in the office and say hi! Don’t accept any other housing service than Lubbock C&C.
We have been tenants of Lubbock C&C LC since May 2013. We have had a great experience with Bob, Marilyn, and Vince. They are very reliable when something needs to be fixed. They have inspectors come out to make sure the roofs are ok, after we have a bad wind storm, and they even come out to winterize the faucets right before it turns off cold. I’ve never had this much compassion in a landlord in looking out for his tenants and houses. Marilyn is such a warm, and loving person. Vince does a wonderful job completing the job that needs to be done. And Bob is just as great. We really enjoy renting through Lobbock C&C LC.
I lived in Lubbock C&C house, and it was a better experience than I expected. Not only were Marilyn and Bob, and their employees, kind, respectful, and welcoming, they were also reliable and dependable. The house was a very large, spacious 3 bedroom home at a reasonable price. It is located in a great and safe neighborhood only two blocks from the Tech campus. If there was a problem, they would have an employee there by that day and they would always fix it. I always recommend Lubbock C&C to all my friends because I know they will receive respectful service and affordable homes.
Bob and Marilyn made finding a place to live much easier than I anticipated. My roommates and I checked out multiple houses from different companies and never felt at ease like we did with Bob and Marilyn at Lubbock C&C. Although they are very reliable and dependable, Bob and Marilyn will always respect your privacy. They make it very easy to communicate with them if you have any problems and will provide solution as soon as possible. My time renting from Bob and Marilyn has been very enjoyable and I have much respect for the way Lubbock C&C handles business.
One of the most helpful and understanding companies you can lease under. When you encounter any maintenance problems associated with your lease, Bob and his workers are there to help out at most times of the day. Never would I have thought that a landlord would have crew members prepared to fix any issues as soon as possible! Marilyn is always in the office to work with and talk with about finances, leasing information, etc. If you are looking for a place to lease with, Lubbock C&C is the best place to check out!
The cottages is a great place to stay in Lubbock. First of all it is very close to campus and Walmart . I live in a four bedroom cottage and it is very nice. The price is a great deal for living where the location is and you get an excellent workout room, study room, and tanning beds included. I would suggest it to everyone!
My experience having Lubbock C&C, LC as landlords has been phenomenal. The staff has been very helpful in many ways including maintenance services and answering questions if needed. I highly recommend renting from Lubbock C&C, LC to anyone. Overall, it has been a great experience!
I am currently a resident with Minnix Properties and I absolutely love them! Everyone is so nice and very professional! The customer service is awesome and they know what they are doing. I highly recommend them! LOVE IT!
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.