moving pros was awesome. they really took care of EVERYTHING related to the move. most companies help you out with the logistics of the move. these guys did so much more. they had a guy for everything. i first set up with them to move to florida. i was also shipping a car and jon had a contact who gave me a discount on getting my car shipped. it was great, he said they were good and it saved me the time of having to shop around.i had pretty much everything set up and like 3 weeks before i was supposed to move the apartment i was supposed to move into reneged on our agreement. i was furious. when i called jon he recommended me to a real estate agent he knew in fort lauderdale. this guy got me a nicer apartment at the same price and got it set up all on short notice. it still delayed my move but man was it convenient. i would've pulled my hair out if it weren't for jon and his knowledge of the industry/ having connections and references for all my needs. 5.We used a moving company once before that had great reviews and ratings just like moving pros- however they gave us the worst experience of our lives. after that experience we were weary about choosing a company based solely on reviews. moving pros seemed to be good about everything and i told sammy dupont i would be vocal about my experience good or bad. luckily for both of us, the experience we had was a positive one. they did everything we asked them to do. they did arrive an hour late but other than that everything went smooth
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I can’t remember the last time we found a company that provided a service as complete as moving pros. My wife and I have moved about 20 times either in town or around the country. Every time we get the same song and dance. A pushy sales guy who promises us decent service, but upon completion threes always something they failed to deliver on. Unfortunately, the last company we had we used (about 7 times over 10 years) went out of business leaving us to find someone new. We came across Moving Pros online and saw many of their previous customers had been in our shoes and just wanted a real deal with no headaches. I specifically requested to deal with Jon whom I had read customers raving about. He was very polite and knowledgeable. I worked for the DOT in my younger years and I was impressed at Jones knowledge of DOT law and regulations. A lot of these smocks know the basic stuff but Jon knew how and why everything was done when it comes to DOT compliance. Touché Jon. then we got to meet the moving crew of ibrahim, rabbi, Anthony, and Ricky. These guys were great. They did everything they were told to and didn't complain about a little bit of extra work that came up in the basement. They just kept saying “no problem”. Everything arrived unscathed and in a timely fashion. We will be using moving pros again in the future for sure.
I had a great and hassle-free experience with Clean Cut Movers. From start to finish the experience was all good. I came into this move jaded and terrified because my last move with a different company was complete turmoil and hell. I probably came off micromanage-y and annoying during the planning phase, but Nicole remained professional. After we got a date and arrival time range worked out, it was easy sailing from there. Yesterday, I moved from a 1 bedroom on the 5th floor of an elevator building to another 1 bedroom on the 5th floor of an elevator building. The catches were that I have a lot of stuff which includes a lot of recreational stuff (including a multiple bikes and gear, skis and gear and a kayak and gear), and the destination building is huge, so they had to take a very long walk from the basement entrance to the service elevator. Randy and Ziggy handled the moved like pros. They were friendly, professional and fast. Even my dog loved them. The icing on the cake is that even with the additional distance and disassembly/reassembly charges, their quote was hundreds of dollars less than the few other competitors I called. What I was quoted is exactly what I paid. I highly recommend these guys.A huge thanks goes out to Randy and Ziggy for a seamless experience!
So we started the process of looking for a moving company . We filled out something on-line to get quotes and were then the headaches started and we were inundated with calls!!! calls from pushy people who just wanted to take our money and didn't care about educating us as this was the first non-local move we embarked on. We were so confused and completely discouraged, and then I spoke to that old guy ed at moving pros. my guard was up, but Ed was informative, not pushy and took the time with me. He went over every item to ensure we would have an accurate quote. Quickly after receiving moving pros estimate, i realized the 5 others i had from sleazy salesman were completely low-balled and unrealistic. Scary to think i could have signed with one of these fast talking salesman and would have been bait and switched like a mu fuka. all in all it was a smooth move and the price only changed $48 because i had a few extra items i had to add last minute (which he informed us would happen). it was a stressful beginning trying to figure out who to trust but ended up making the right decision and we are satisfied customers!!! Will be using them again for sure! Thanks Ed for doing all the paperwork and a especiallly making me feel confident in my decision.
I don’t normally write reviews but during my last move we decided for the first time to use a professional moving company. I have two small kids and my husband and just felt like this move would be so overwhelming to do on our own. You hear a lot of stories about thug movers. I did my homework on moving pros. they passed the test. They gave me a reasonable quote for my move. They included some packing free, the rest was, again, reasonable. I moved from a four bedroom into a five bedroom house. I figured things would go all helter smelter. However, I was wrong. The movers showed up on time and were both very professional and super friendly. It was a team of like four guys. They were actually super organized and began the packing and labeling almost immediately after I showed them what I wanted. The packing was so neat and organized that nothing was squashed or damaged. Long story short this company was excellent. I can’t say enough about them. They did everything so neat and organized and in such a timely fashion. They were super professional and I did not get overcharged when all was said and done. The quote wasn’t too far off. I know that I would highly recommend this company.
I used moving pros (reference number T8635232) for my move last month. They were great. My wife is very thorough in researching things and figuring out which companies to use once we get our bids. She did her homework on moving pros and felt they had the best value. They weren't the lowest price but it was, in our opinion, reasonable. Everything from start to finish was above and beyond our expectations. We learned years ago that when it comes to service jobs, don't set too high expectations. My wife was hopeful based on all the DOT research she did that these guys were the real deal; I wasn't sold. I'm glad to inform that the crew over delivered on what they told us. The customer service representative Edward was most pleasant. He told us the names of the crew that would be coming to our home on pick up. When Ibrahim , Moa and Alex arrived they got straight to work. They were very polite and always had a smile on their faces. I couldn't believe how strong they were too. They landed everything in the truck after blanketing it all and left our house. We didn't have to lift a finger. Great service moving pros. keeps up the good work.
Our experience could not have been any better with moving pros. We read so many reviews and horror stories about moving companies, so I made a promise to give credit where credit is due! They were the only company that came out and did an in home. Also they provided a binding estimate. They were not the cheapest but were extremely reasonable and offered to price beat other reputable companies. The driver (Ibrahim) was exactly on time the day they said they would be there and he, Mike, and Rodrigo did an excellent job getting everything wrapped and out of the house quickly and efficiently and was a pleasure to work with. They were wonderful working around us and answered all our questions. Another thing we really appreciated is that Ibrahim was with our belongings from the time they loaded to the time that they delivered. Everything arrived right when they said it would and not a thing was broken or damaged (even though we were not the best packers!!)This company was our choice out of the 50 that called and called every single day and we absolutely made the correct choice. We do not have a single complaint about moving pros
I moved from a third floor walk up in Brooklyn to a high rise condo on Fort Lauderdale beach. both logistical nightmares. i couldn't physically move a NY of our furniture down three flights of stairs in Brooklyn so doing this myself was so far out of the question. after some shopping online i got a great price from moving pros and decided to go with them. what blew me out of the water was how fast they did everything in Brooklyn. these guys were animals. they came in and packed everything form top to bottom. i had to pack the boxes and fragile but they did the rest. it would've take me three days to do this. also i guess i need to check my judgements because i assumed they'd be sending some scraggly guys that don't speak any english. the movers they sent were very professional and spoke perfect english. the guys on delivery were equally as good. i didn't have to set any of the furniture up myself. i guess i didn't really know what to expect going into this because I've never used a mover. and i don't care how rich you are $4000 is a lot of money. but honestly it was worth every cent with these guys.
Had to move my items from upstate NY to AZ after i graduated from RIT. i got one of the 100$ off packing coupons from someone on campus and called moving pros. i talked with jon and did an inventory list over the phone. we scheduled the move 3 weeks in advance and jon was able to give me a discount. when alex, abraham, and anthony got to the house they did a fabulous job. i requested that the driver call me 2 hours before they arrived so i could leave work on time and they remembered to call. when they got to my home the guys worked very hard and were very friendly. even though i was moving probably twice as much as a normal 2 bedroom apartment they still got it done in under 4 hours. i bought the guys lunch and sent them on their way. i was told it could take up to 10 days however they arrived in 7. The crew that arrived on delivery was just as polite and helpful (james, and mike). they placed everything inside and took the tape and plastic wrap with them. overall id rate them a 5 out of 5 and have already recommended them to other friends who just graduated. also saving $200 doesn't hurt.
I recently used Moving Pros to move from Newy Jersey to Florida. Every team member exceeded my expectations. I couldn't believe how many differnt companies called me once I put my information online to request a quote. I was highly stressed.. so I selected Moving Pro's based i=on my gut instinct. I felt that Matt (my sales representative) was more thorough than anybody else Ispoke with. The estimate was a bit higher than others, but I was assured that I had I was given a firm bid. Fortunately Matt over estimated a bit. So when the movers arrived my price went down 120$ because they didn't use all the materials that I was originally quoted. Marvin and the guys worked very hard. They were in and out within 2 hours. I asked them to hold my stuff for two weeks while I waited in Fort Lauderdale for my lease to start on Dec 1st. They told me it could take up to 7 days, but my stuff already arrived TODAY. The day i moved in. It couldn't have been better timing. I'm so happy that I don't have to sleep in my new place without furniture even one night. Awesome job guys. Definitely recommend.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.