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.
6515 Bock TerOxon Hill, MD 20745
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921 N Jackson StArlington, VA 22201
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7861 David Williams WayBristow, VA 20136
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11520 James Madison StRemington, VA 22734
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Serving the Manassas Area.
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15920 Donald Curtis DrWoodbridge, VA 22191
The McLean Electric Company owner, and his team Brian, Hassan, and two other hard-working gentlemen went above and beyond to help me through a very …
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
All around great people to have around for all your home projects. Great costumer service. Awesome staff. Excellent work!
Here is my story of my kitchen remodel by this contractor:PROBLEM 1:We were quoted one price but as work progressed the contractor kept asking for more money. PROBLEM 2:Three days into the renovation one of his workers walked off the job because he had been shorted on his pay, according to the contractor himself (He claimed it was a mistake, but I can't imagine someone quitting in the middle of the job over the first time this happening.). This same guy had completed some of the electrical and plumbing. He turned off the water, cut my pipes and left. PROBLEM 3:We had to get an outside plumber to fix the mess and pay more. According to the new plumber, he had to fix what had been done already, plus finish the job. PROBLEM 4:The new electrician had to rewire everything because he said it would not have passed inspection. He said the wrong wire had been used and it was a fire hazard. (But, since no permits were pulled we never would have known that, had the first guy finished his job!) When I asked the contractor about this, he was aware and said not to worry "we do this all the time". (The difference in cost for the proper wire was less than $20 for my job.)PROBLEM 5: A few days later another guy walked off the job disgruntled and was demanding more money from the contractor which he passed on to us. So we took the painting out of the scope of work but agreed to pay the same price. We did the painting ourselves. It was five solid days of work for one person. In the end we were still asked to pay more on top of eliminating the painting.PROBLEM 6: The third guy who did our stone work and backsplash completed the job well and was told by the contractor that he was not getting paid for the work even though we already paid the contractor for it! (He was also fired and the contractor refused to pay him $1000 in back pay from another job. When my husband spoke to the contractor about it, he claimed "I'm not paying him because no one speaks to me that way". This guy now has a lawsuit against the contractor, I know this because the worker asked if he could use my job in his lawsuit.) The flooring guy when he heard of this mentioned to me that he was still owed money from a previous job. Problem 7:Come to find out this contractor doesn't carry the license himself and therefore is not a "Qualified individual" according to the VA board and therefore is not allowed to oversee projects himself. (I did not know that the license does not need to be carried by the business owner. His company has the license through one of his workers, which is allowed so long as that worker oversees the project, which he did not!)Overall I like how my kitchen turned out after corrections were made by other professionals, but I would not recommend this contractor due to the stress and additional expense caused by, in my opinion, a very unknowledgeable and unpleasant contractor. I will NEVER hire this man again.
Refuses to return calls for HSA Home Warranty customers. HSA placed emergency calls for a hot water heater in my home, and the scheduler refused to send anyone until "some time next week." This company is disrespectful to customers and clearly does not want to do warranty work for HSA. If HSA tells you they are using this company, demand a different provider. I will amend this review if and when I receive recompense from the service manager who "is out on the road."Address: 7221 Nathan Ct, Manassas, VA 20109Hours: Open today · Open 24 hoursPhone: (703) 369-8914
NVB contracting looks the best option after some research online, i found out lots of great comments from good homeowners and a few bad reviews -some of the bad reviews seemed to be work they did not do, but who knows-, well after i did my research I contacted them to come and take a look at a leak that was causing my ceiling to turn yellowish and saggy. After they inspected the area, they determined the water was from some bad installed shingles I had another contractor 2 years ago replaced, they showed me the photos and explained everything in detail, the price was very decent and they even give me a warranty for the labor. The other company is not even online anywhere, i try to contact them but the number is no longer active, I think it will be harder to trust again without searching. i hope this helps you if you are reading this, search for reviews and recommendations before you hire!
They do a very good job, since I purchased my home I have never got my roof and siding replaced, the NVB rep showed me the damages, worked with my insurance to approve the siding and the roof, the process was a lot easier than I expected. When they started the replacement process it only took them 2 days to complete it. The only problem I had was that the insurance took a little bit longer than 2 weeks to negotiate with NVB what was going to be approved, it was worth it, my house looks and feels like a new house.
very straight forward and fast, they are very good at explaining everything, they made my insurance company pay for everything, provided me with a warranty and everything after completing with the job.
nvb contracting is a really good company that cares about helping. Between them and another company I called to get an estimate they where the best decision I made, cause compering them with he other company who wanted to charge me 1200 to replace some missing shingles, vs, nvb who help me contact my insurance company and get my roof approved for replacement, which I paid only 500 for my deductible, was a better deal.
DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY! I cannot stress this enough. We signed a contract on March 14th, gave 45% down and now, on the contract completion date, we still have not received a start date, let alone had any work done. Emails and calls go unanswered for weeks and when he does respond it is with some lame excuse "I was sick" or "my phone broke and I couldn't get emails". Really? You're running a client based business and the only way you can get your emails are through your phone?So three days after signing the contract, his Home Advisors account was closed and a local news report came out on how he takes peoples money and then doesn't do the work or does it months after the contract date (link below). He has 17 complaints against him at the BBB. We are trying to get a refund since he clearly has no time to do the work. Yet he cashed our check the day after he got it, so what is he doing with the money?Anyway, if you don't mind someone having a lot of your money for months with no work being done, this is your place. Otherwise, run far away. http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/manassas%20/2015/03/14/deckorators-refund-angieslist-manassas/70308164/
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical with all the positive reviews. But from the minute they arrived, it was professionalism, pride, and experience. They took the time to slow down a bit, and take the extra step to make sure everything was right. When they finished the place was clean, and they even cleaned up as they went, truly white glove. It was so comforting to see someone really care about there work. To say I highly recommend them just doesn't say enough. Six stars!
That this company is not worth a star. They can't even follow child-support court orders. And when they are called then know why, and who is calling all they say is contact human resourses . That is who makes the phone calls back from when people leave a message. So my opinoin of this company is that the mangement needs to clean house or close up shop they can't even run an office and you people trust them with your house, or work that they are doing for you. I hope it was worth your money.Scam people in my opinoin
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.