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.
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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.
BUYER BEWARE!!! July 10, 2017, I met w/Jason about a 2011 jeep liberty. The window switch & wipers were bad & Jason stated they'd be repaired. I told Jason I would be taking the car across county to az & asked if he felt confident the vehicle would be safe His response "these are machines and we can't quarantee anything, but we do thorough inspections of our vehicles". He reported he would be comfortable putting his wife or daughter in this vehicle- I quess he doesn't like them much....I was also told my trade in vehicle, had "transmission problems" & they could only give $2000 for it- my error, I belived them. We agreed to a monthly payment, i purchased a warranty in which Jason stated he would "give you a step up to the next one" which he did not.I drove the car home with the agreement it was to be brought for repair to windshield wipers & switch. On my way home, the time on the radio would not stay set, the speakers went out & change oil light came on. 5 days later, the vehicle had to be towed for a dead battery. It was repaired by jeep-$224. I contacted car connection to report issues with radio and they had me bring it in. They said it was a safety switch due to changing the battery-returned the car to me with broken wipers, oil light on,window switch broken, and speakers not working. I took the vehicle to another facility had oil changed, windshield wipers replaced & needed an air filter-$59. 3 weeks later, the check engine light, brake light came on and air conditioner went out. Results- leak in power steering, fuel leak, air condenser leak. Total cost of repairs $1300 plus 1 wk in garage ($294 for rental car and $49.99 for). I was told by the mechanic these things would have been visually noted if inspection was done. 10 days later all the lug nuts on the vehicle had to be replaced-$269. Total cost - $2197.99- AND the window switch is broken and speakers don't work. In 7 wks this vehicle was towed 3 times,spent 14 days in garage, and over $2000 in repairs.
What a great service they provided they were very quick with delivery you can pay with cash with the drop off write a check or use a credit card I could of also ordered a dumpster on line in there website
BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!! My relative bought a car from this crook and the lights did not work properly as the car had electrical problems. upon inspecting the vehicle other problems were found that would make it illegal to operate the vehicle on Pa. roads. one day later the car died on the road. when Glenn the owner was made aware of the condition he sidestepped the all of the issues and said that he would take the car to his mechanic and have it checked out. 3 days later I called his mechanic called and said the car was done, when the mechanic was questioned he stated that he was told to put a used alternator on the car which didn't work and didn't address and of the safety concerns. Glenn lied to us when questioned about the ack of diagnostics on the vehicle. while talking to him another client of his (a young woman) came up and she had the same problem , the car died in the middle of the road. Apparently Glenn is a scheister . If he does sell you one of his turds call the Pa , Attorney General and file a complaint.
New steel roof on house and garage.Best bid price of 5 companies...finished job 1 week ahead of schedule. Very professional. Did exactly what they said they would do. Complete clean up. Would recommend this company to a friend.
Do not use his services or rent. He is a slum lots and does illegal things. Does not upkeep his properties.
Wow this is familiar response again same as mine.
I have dealt with Joe Pantone since his day's on State Street in Sharon Pa. The old saying that some things never change comes to mind, as Joe is the epitomy of a true professional , taking the extra steps to ensure my family recieved the BEST deal available. Joe and his staff at Car Connection are head and shoulders above the rest... If your in the market for a QUALITY vehicle and don't want to be taken advantage of THIS IS THE PLACE YOU MUST BUY YOUR CAR FROM!
I loved my experience at the Car Connection, what a selection! We drove 10 different vehicles with the help of Patricia and found exactly what we were looking for. We have a big family and she offered us a van with a dvd and we love it!!!!!! Thanks for my sanity back Pat!
I thought car connection was wonderful at first. They seemed very eager to help my husband and I get a new vehicle. We had our eye set on a specific one and they had to work the deal a million different ways to get it done. They needed a sizeable down payment and we were struggling to come up with the cash. We were PROMISED that the vehicle would not be sold out from under us. We were told we would be contacted if anyone came to look at it. Well long story short we came up with all the money we needed for a down payment only to find out they sold the vehicle out from underneath us claiming we said we didnt want it!!! We are furious we were asked to jump through hoops for them to sell out from underneath us in the middle of a deal!!!!!
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.