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.
27290 Highway 288Rosharon, TX 77583
From Business: Founded in 1998, RPM Services is a provider of mechanical equipment repair services. It has a more than 20,000-square-foot machine shop, service area and administrative facility. The company specializes in centrifuge, turbine, compressor, pump, blower and gear box repairs. Additionally, it specializes in complete reconditi…
13447 Woodforest Blvd Ste AHouston, TX 77015
From Business: RPM Printing is a commercial printing service. We specialize in Thermography Printing better known as "Raised Printing". We also provide Full Color Printing, Screen Printing, Embroidery and Signage needs. We will be more than happy to quote you on your design or project needs. RPM Printing, is dedicated to providing you wi…
1649 Gessner RdHouston, TX 77080
From Business: RPMotoring Auto Care and Accessories is Houston's premier auto repair shop offering a wide variety of services for your vehicle. Our services include everything from basic maintenance such as brake repair, oil changes, suspension and engine repair to a full range of auto accessories. Whether you are looking for car alarms,…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Branch manager Janice is very unpleasant, downright rude woman. She lacks people skills. No professionalism. I was not greeted, nor introductions were made, nor was there a handshake. I was scolded during the meeting for signing instead of printing something. No more closings with Janice.
Brought my 2002 Ford Explorer Sport originally because it was running hot. The thermostat and coolant had to be replaced. This cost me $590.00, charged me $350 in labor. Had to take it back because the coolant started leaking and left puddles on my garage floor. I was told my water pump was bad. Then why didn't you mention that before. Of course this costed me an additional $280, $200 was in labor charges. This place is not reliable and I believe they are overcharging their customers. I will be taking my truck to Ford if there are anymore problems
Please do not buy no car from mike he sale you a junk car and want u to finance the junk car.he took my son money for his car note to pay his rent and suppose to fix my son car and he still did not fix it yet he is a con artist.keep giving every excuse.bad business to go to for a vehicle.
I rate this place a zero. Terrible place to purchase a vehicle. Save yourself the headache, time and money. Mike Kie is not professional and always makes excuses for everything. He is out to take your money and runs a shady business. DON'T waste your money on the junk he sells.
I wouldn't even give it one star. I'm on my last year paying off my car and the service gets worse and worse. Mike prefers cash only. When I tried paying in check he ripped it up in my face. He has made sexual comments to me before and has accused me of being months behind. When I show him I had all my receipts he doesn't apologize for the mistake. He just didn't update the "book". Very unprofessional business which is sad because the other employees are very kind people. I've met Allen M. Small (manager) twice he was very kind and professional. Mike Kie is the general manager. And I'm sad to say I don't recommend this place to anyone.
I am very well pleased with the professionalism and the promptness of this agency. The staff are great and caring, they arrange all care needed and they guide the family in the right direction. My mother needed services and I did not know how to even go about using Medicare benefits and with the help of this wonderful staff I was able to get the care my mother needed. The staff that came to help my mother such as the nurses, therapists and providers were all excellent and I never had a complaint about them. Great ! Great ! Great !
I was having problems with my 2000 3 series bmw so I brought it to Cartex. I told em water was leaking out and I wanted to know from where they told me I would have to leave it over night so they can inspect for a water leaks. That night I went and passed in front to see where they had my car to see if they had worked on it. It was sitting right in front of shop so that anyone could come and strip parts from it if need be. Well the next morning I go there and the guy tells me the waters leaking out of your car as if I didn't already know. So I asked well did u run test he said water was coming out intake he just did not know where and would charge me 350 to take a look. I politely declined and said I would be right back to pick up my car. I went back drove home and noticed door had huge bend in it must have been from someone trying to jack it up the wrong way. After considering options I went back and politely addressed the situation the lady said the way her guy had jacked up my car there was no way it could have bent and insisted it was like this before I brought it as if I didn't know how my own car looked. I told her we'll go call the guy that jacked it up. He then contradicted her if that's the right term and said he hadn't jacked my car up at all. So I asked him so sir you never bent my door he said no sir and lied right in front of my face. I then shook his hand and said god bless you sir have a nice day. It's a shame how people can be dishonest about simple things nowadays please please please do not go to cartex auto for any issues I know there's a more reliable mechanic you can find.
I was in town for the Christmas holidays and when I went to leave, my vehicle wouldn't start, they diagnosed and repaired the problem in less then 2 hours. Very reasonably priced. Yelp has their address incorrect. The correct address is 2646 Westgate Pearland, Tx.
Whatever u do never buy a car from here they are literally put together with parts that don't belong to it they lower Milages on a car and they sell them more than they worth..... I bought one there and put over a 1000 dollars worth of fixing and they expected me too pay 400 a week plus all repair whatever u do DONT BUY A CAR FROM THIS PLACE
Because we strive to keep mechanically good running vehicles you can rely on our cars and are treated with respect. We welcome you to bring a mechanic with you to inspect your car any time you are ready to buy.In Response to Ricky Quals, I spent over a Thousand dollars fixing the problems on his girlfriends car, Gave him a loaner car to drive to San Antonio,We offered to trade him back and they would not accept, his girlfriend became demanding and would not let me use the mechanic I started with to finish the work, that seems like we tried to take care of him, who else would have done all that?. We lost about $1200 on that deal trying to make it right. He was just one case of hundreds that did not work out. We sell good cars that are real cheap, sorry it did not work out for them.
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.