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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
18720 SW 107th AveCutler Bay, FL 33157
The office was very friendly and knowledgeable. The technician was about 20 mins. late, however, I was called and given the option to wait or resche…
7540 NW 66th StMiami, FL 33166
From Business: One of the largest independent export distributors of electrical material in the United States. IESCO is committed to give you, our customer, the best service & c…
10475 SW 186th StCutler Bay, FL 33157
Benson electric do a very great fantastic and professional job and their prices are fair to all the electricians in Miami to get the job right done …
660 Miller DrMiami Springs, FL 33166
From Business: Family Owned full service State Certified Electrical Contractor since 1979. We do municipality work, parking lot lighting installation and maintenance, 40 year bu…
301 E 10th AveHialeah, FL 33010
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I have been using Brimson Electric since the 1980's. They are honest, show up on time, and get the job done as quick as they can. I used them again today and was extremely pleased with their work.
I'm Jorge A Cuervo, the owner of JCL Electrical Corp and I put this review in response to the review so bad that those customers wrote me, I do it this way because I have no way to respond directly to each review, what they say is not true , I gave them back their money, my estimate was to change the panel, but to have air conditioning they had to change the air compressor that was bad and they never understood that even if I changed the panel they would still not have air conditioning, they called me every 5 minutes literally and the son-in-law of the woman offended me by phone using bad words and believing that I was like a slave forced to do what they wanted because they had given me a deposit, in conclusion, I returned their money and told them to look for to another electrician.Soy Jorge A Cuervo, el dueno de JCL Electrical Corp y pongo este review como respuesta al review tan malo que esos clientes me escribieron, lo hago de esta manera porque no tengo forma de responderle directamente a cada review, lo que ellos dicen no es cierto, yo les devolvi su dinero, mi estimate era para cambiarle el panel, pero para tener aire acondicionado tenian primero que cambiar el compressor del aire que estaba malo y ellos nunca entendieron que aunque yo les cambiara el panel seguirian sin aire acondicionado, me llamaban cada 5 minutos literalmente y el yerno de la mujer me ofendio por telefono usando malas palabras y creyendo que yo era como un esclavo obligado a hacer lo que elos querian porque me habian dado un deposito, en conclusion, les devolvi su dinero y les dije que buscaran a otro electricista.
DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE EVER!! Their customer service is horrible. I called them to schedule a service and no one ever showed up. I called the office and spoke to a young lady named Jacky who informed me I was never added to the schedule. When they finally rescheduled me, the tech showed up late, mind you I was not informed he would be late ahead of time. He worked on my generator and 10 minutes and $180 later I was told my generator needed a replacement part that had to be ordered for him to do the repair. After waiting for over a month with no updates I call the office once again only for them to tell me that the part had not been delivered to them yet. My guess was they forgot To place the order. I got tired of waiting so I told them to cancel the order and I informed them I would take my business elsewhere. The young lady on the phone replied "ok do as you please" and hung up on me. This company is a total joke and a rip off. I took my business to another local generator company, received my part in less that a week and had my generator up and running in no time. BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY!!!
In Miami, it is so rare to find honest, talented professionals to handle your home construction and remodeling needs, either big or small. We have been fortunate to use XTRM for several jobs, all sizes. We have recommended them to friends who were equally as happy and impressed with XTRM. Always professional, prompt, caring, and honest, they deserve their success! Unlike other contractors, they will take you to see their previous work and you can see for yourself. As further example, they have even maintained the same long-term on-staff workers over the years we have been using them, due to the company's professional and ethical approaches. - Sincerely, Miami Beach Homeowner.
I can't express enough my gratitude to Mastco Construction for their excellent work in the complete renovation of my apartment. They gave us great ideas about the design, offered great solutions to transform an ugly ceiling into a modern and stunning one. They helped us choose the right materials for the floors, bathrooms and kitchen, they worked within the timeframe provided and paid attention to every detail to deliver amazing results. Abdel and his team were extremely knowledgeable, professional, honest and helpful throughout the whole project.
I'm very pleased with this company. I was able to open my storefront on time. Hard working bunch. Keep up the great work. You got my VOTE....
Stay away from this scammer, he will steal your money and disappear. Just look at the many complaints posted on Ripoff Report.
Glad to see Johnathan Moore is attempting to redeem his reputation after taking a $26000 deposit from my elderly parents to build a guest house on our property, and never attempted nor intended to start the project. After holding onto their deposit for 6 months, finally had to take him to court, win a lawsuit in excess of $5000 - which he has yet to pay another 5 months later. DPBR has found reasons to investigate further after more claims arised where he also took money from customers and either never started or never completed work contracted for. Maybe he was going through a rough patch, but the arrogance and downright disrespect displayed as if he owed us nothing is the reason why he should never be hired to do work for anyone. He's all smiles until you question his intentions.
I RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO WHO LOOKING.I DID SEVERAL PROJECTS .THEY WORKING IN GOOD SCHEDULE AND MAINTAINS THE BEST QUALITY JOB. GIULIO MUCELLI 305 680-8018
I felt compelled to write a review after they finished our bathroom remodeling…Many times people write reviews for bad services, but I thought I'd take the time to recognize some excellent work. They are superb in each & every dept. of their work and are fully dedicated to their job. 5/5…
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.