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.
3461 Austin Peay HwyMemphis, TN 38128
The medical team is very nice all the way from the nurses to the doctors. I've haven't had a chance to interact with lab yet.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Marshall and his crew framed my home when it was constructed and of all the contractors that worked on the project, he did an outstanding job, was very professional, courteous and prompt. When my trim carpenter bailed on me, he stepped in and did the fascia and soffits as well.
Office staff verbally assaulted me and accused me of countless actions which were total lies. I’ve offered to provide proof to disperse these lies, but I only received more harassment from your employee. I received horrible service from your staff.On August 2, 2017, I went to my appointment that had been scheduled for two months. With no warning, the office was closed. There was a receptionist in the back office (works for another doctor) that told me I should have received a call. The next day I spoke with *Jessica*. She claimed she called all of my phone numbers. This IS NOT true. There were no messages on any of my phones and no missed call or Caller ID. If your office had just left a message it would have saved me three hours of driving. She also claimed she talked to my wife, but that’s also a lie. Her affidavit is on the way. So…_Jessica* is incompetent in her job, a lot of people are. But then she really started to tweak out. She started getting hostile with me and creating an elaborate story about me causing a huge scene at their office that day, which is an absolute lie. On the day of my appointment, I arrived and was told the doctor office was closed, I stood there in disbelief and asked what the hell am I supposed to do. It was obvious the receptionist was not going to help me when she called me a stupid white boy. I asked her some questions and was out of the office within about 2 minutes… total. I never raised my voice. I later called the doctor’s office and left a message about my appointment problem and I referred to the back-office lady that called me a stupid white boy, as a bitch. I asked her to check the CCTV video from that day but she claimed they don’t have any. (True?) The video would prove my story.She will tell you what a wonderful Christian she is WHILE she's lying to your face. If I was so dangerous, why did the receptionist invite me into the receptionist area to use their phone to call the doctor office.
This Is the worst auto body shop in Memphis, TN. Poor customer sevice and they say they use all new parts but they go to the local pull-a-part salvage yard and get out anything they can slap on your vehicle. They give you a date your vehicle will be ready then when you call them on that date, they tell you it's ready but when you get there, your vehicle hasn't even been started on or it's in pieces on the floor. If I could rate this business below terrible I would. THE WORST EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!! Caution use at your own risk!!!!!!
I saw two doctors there, ONE was very rude and inept and the other was a racist! I had no problem seeing a black doctor but she would barely touch me, a white person, and had a look of "ew" on her face and she would barely look at me. I am always well dressed, very clean and tidy and there was no reason other than her hatred for whites. I overheard her saying things against whites in another room and was completely mortified and embarrassed at how she treated me. I wrote a letter to the higher ups and they supposedly "talked to her" but no discipline was done and she is still there! If you are white, this racist clinic doesn't want you there! Unprofessional and inept! I am very angry nothing was done because of it was the other way around this doctor would have lost her job!
Very unprofessional when coming to pay for work contracted out. They never have the money to pay their contractors. They claim to be waiting for others to pay them in order to pay the people they hire.
We are so impressed with him to solve on his team. They designed a luxurious master bathroom for us and worked with us every moment from start to finish. They worked around our schedule, stayed under budget, and met deadlines. Thanks so much!
My young granddaughter has been seeing a therapist with Cassius, Ms. Pamela Keeling-Nuttall, for about 9 months. She began therapy after having experienced a very severe trauma. She suffers from PTSD and depression. I truly believe that Pam saved her life. She made an immediate connection with my granddaughter and has brought hope and positivity to our family. She has been there for her in every way and at all hours. At her lowest, my granddaughter was suicidal. It was only through Pam's intervention, that she was able to defeat these suicidal thoughts and is on the road to recovery. I don't even want to imagine what might have happened without this wonderful therapist. As a result of this same traumatic event, I saw a different counselor at Cassius and Associates. I too have been helped beyond measure. If you are looking for a compassionate therapist who will actually hear you and help you begin your own road to recovery, you will have come to the right place.
I donate here every 6 weeks when I'm eligible. The research they are doing definitely serves a good cause- the current study that I donate blood for is the Walter Reed Research that is developing a Malaria Vaccine for the Military. It's beneficial research that supports the health of our troops, and it's nice getting a little extra spending money on the side. The people are professional, polite, and very nice to talk to during the collection.
The focus is on Customers & Quality whatever you need done whether its at your Business and in your Home they can get it done. Roofing, Flooring, Painting, Build-outs this is the company to call.
Contracting Solutions just finished up removing and replacing my roof. I am satisfied with my decision to use them they did a great job they kept my yard neat (which was one of my biggest concerns due to I live in a small gated community) They stayed in contact with me throughout the roof process and every day let me know what time they would start and approx. what time they would finish for the day. I highly recommend this company.
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.