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.
The owner, Boutros, is so unprofessional. He had wine breath when he did my hair and cut it way too short but insisted I will "like it in a week". He was talking to the other staff like they were his maids, telling them to sweep his area and wash his other clients. I hope he pays them better than he treats them.
I have been coming to this salon since I was 5 years old and I always leave with exactly what I wanted. Teresa has been with me through short hair, bangs and layers! One time, I went to a hair salon in downtown because Top Notch was closed, only to come back the next week to get my hair fixed. I can always trust these sisters to do a great job on my hair for a very reasonable price.
My cuts have been good but today was the first time I've ever gotten color there. Sadly it was a bad experience. I walked in asking for blonde and red highlights. Walked away with light brown and a red you couldn't even see in my hair. $160 dollars and my hair looked almost the same as when I walked in. You could see a few "streaks". I was sobbing from the disappointment. It was so expensive They were nice about it and at least offered to fix it. Cindy was sweet and tried to make me feel better.I'm still not happy about how it came out. Still not what I asked for. I was there from 11:30am to almost 6:30pm. It's not an almost $200 job. Their nice but it just wasn't worth it.
Absolutely LOVE this salon. Great atmosphere, excellent service, nice people, and amazing stylists!! My stylist, Nichole, is the best ive had yet!! i went in yesterday wanting Bayalage(like Chloe Kardashian) and took my picture, keep in mind i have been coloring my hair black for about 4 years. She was able to get it close to where i wanted it to be without completely frying it. Best Aveda salon ive been to hands down!!
I was here yesterday got my hair cut and eyes waxed by Terry. The hair cut was fine but, the eye waxing was not. I have bruises on my eye lids and by the side of my eyes. I went in to tell her an this is the response I received.. You don't like then don't come back. WOW!! She blamed me because after I got my eyes done she didn't even clean up all the wax and I used a towel to get the excessive wax off. So she said I did it myself. Some service. I will never go back or tell anyone to go there. I will tell everyone I know know what happened and do not go to Terry. If I could give this a 0 star rating I sure would.
Do not recommend! Went for touchup on botox and attempted to use twice as much as normal and ended up using 15 units more than any doctor prior and getting worse results. Also Rebecca is rather rude and complained about 'having to open another vial' without using it all.. generating revenue in dangerous way of putting you at higher risk for dangerous and undesirable results as she wants to 'sell' but actually doesn't care much about anything more... seems to me she did not use units she said and attempted more units!!! unheard of OVERDOSE. Stay away. More concerned with money than your health or wellbeing.
I love this place, have received eye lashes and a facial here and they have great service. I am hooked!!
Does this place do dread locks?
I've been a client at Salon Ana Bella for almost four years.As a customer, I appreciate a balance of warmth and professionalism, and though the receptionists seem to come and go, but I have never experienced anything less. I put alot of trust in my stylist and recommend the salon at every opportunity.
If I could leave a negative star count I would. My hair color was ruined and I was robbed.I had a hair color that I loved. After years of trying to find the right shade I fell on light golden brown. My only problem was that my roots were a shade lighter than the rest of my hair. So instead of trying to fix the issue at home I decided it would be best to seek expert service. I explicitly explained that all I wanted was for my roots, about 1/2 inch long, to match the rest of my hair color. I said over and over again that I did not want my over all color darkened at all. If anything I wanted it lighter but I wanted to stay away from highlighting my hair due to the damage. My colorist brought out a swatch that was the same color of my hair. I asked about the lighter shade but was told that that would be too light and wouldn't address the issue I had with my roots. I restated that I did not want my current shade to be any darker.I even brought in pictures so there would be no confusion. The end result was a medium to dark brown hair color with reddish roots. I was mortified. How could this happen after I explained over and over that I did not want to darken my hair. My colorist even commented prior to applying the color that she thought my current shade was good for my skin tone. When I complained the colorist was apologetic but tried ti skirt the blame at the same time, telling me that she couldn't do what I originally asked for. My question was why didn't she tell me that and allow me to make an informed decision. She then asked the manager to speak with me. My options were to either leave it dark or get highlights to lift the color out. At this point I was almost in tears, I was trying to protect my hair from damage. I opted for the highlights because I hated the color. My color was not restored to original light brown, instead I had dark brown with reddish highlights. When I went to leave I was asked to pay $125 and was told that I was getting a "deal" At this point I had been there for 3.5 hours with ruined color plus added damage and I was being treated like they did me a favor. When I asked about the cost and expressed that I thought it was too high and that I was still leaving with the opposite of what I asked for I was threatened by the owner that the police would be called if I did not pay at least $100. He kept saying he was giving me a deal and providing a service.
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.