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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
1401 Barrett AveOdessa, TX 79761
From Business: Williams Paving & Excavation, founded in 1974, has its location in Odessa, Texas. Williams Paving & Excavation is a Texas-Certified historically underutilized business serving both the commercial and residential clients in the Permian basin. The company offers a variety of asphalt paving services, such as driveways, alleys…
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7405 Fm 1213Midland, TX 79706
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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I've worked at this company for a short time. You will be glad you listen to me. Do not use them. The subcontractors are very good the owner is the true problem. He is so arrogant as to tell someone how to do a job. He has no clue about building anything except his ego. He cannot pay a subcontractor at all. He blames every one except himself. He has ZERO knowledge of building and it will also be shown that soon as he keeps stealing from one to try to get another he is already screwed that up. He is a broke wanna be and cries about everything. He gets you to sign a lot of p as per saying you can't do anything to him but he will throw that contract in your face. He ducks and if you have a job coming up do not use him. I was embarrassed at the crap work he does Terrible that most subs now stay away..they don't even answer his calls
Hired CC&H for total home remodel-all finishes and fixtures, new flooring, counter tops, hardware on doors, paint all surfaces. Shower floor is uneven, cabinet door not square, light fixture above bathroom counter hangs forward, bottom screw on outlet in kitchen will not secure plug because bottom of box is broken and can't be repaired without removing tile, stain on cabinets in different shades. Contractor does not answer phone. Believe that we were grossly overcharged. Avoid Crystal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Up until November Matt had always responded to our calls and he would come and provide service to our water softener system! On Nov. 5 we came home to find a water leak coming from the canister in the system under the sink. we called Matt and have been calling and leaving messages with no response since! I was able to shut off the system to stop the leak! But we are not able to get any response from Matt. I do not want to get anyone else to work on it in fear that it will void my warranty on the system. At present time I am very disappointed and wish to resolve this matter soon!
I have been a real estate broker for 35 years and have been involved with the repair/replacement of more roofs—residential and commercial—than I can count. Craig Foster is always my roofer of choice. Always. He is prompt; his charges are fair; he thoroughly explains the condition of the roof and the work required to make it weather tight and good looking. He is obsessed with all the details that make his work superior to other roofers. Without reservation I highly recommend Craig Foster Roofing.
Does not pay for damages.Left hole open so someone could fall in it. Have tried to call , will not return call.
They did a great job on my roof. I will be calling them again when we need another roof. Will be sending people to them.
Craig is very professional and gets the job done on time! We will definitely be referring him to our friends!
BEWARE of this company! Poor execution of work and cutting corners to save money and make false promises. Integrity and Ethical behavior is questionable. Wrongly managed and full of lies! Don't risk your project with these guys! Go with other organizations that have a proven track record.
I have been waiting for 2 years for Derik Osburn to repair or replace many issues I have had with the home he built for us including the water heater closet that his plumbers tore apart to fix a brand new water heater that was already leaking before we even moved in. I have asked numerous times for him and the realtor to provide his warranty info on his homes and he has not. He said he copied his warranty policy directly off of Betenbough homes home builder he used to work for but yet can't provide anything in writing that was supposed to be in effect at the time we built our home. Customer service is even worse. He ignored my phone messages for months.
Please be aware that this company owner is a predator that preys on the elderly. My 84 year old mother who lives in Odessa alone on a fixed income was scammed by this company Joe's roofing aka West Texas Painting & Roofing. He and his wife while trolling for a suspect stopped at my Mom's mobile home claiming he had seen from his pickup a spot around the vent pipes that needed attention. She let him on the roof while his wife engaged my mom in a sales pitch. He came down and said he found leaks around the roof seals and for $800 he would correct the problem. Joe Williamson spent less than an hour at my mom's home with most of that time selling her a bill of goods. She agreed and is now out for a snake oil sales man in the amount of $600.00. Stay away from this low life scam artist. $600 for a quick repair and in my estimate $20 in material probably a cheap paint that will have no lasting value. This business has an F rating on the BBB. No doubt well earned. Please warn the elderly in your neighborhood to stay clear.
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.