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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We used Superior to do the plumbing for a bathroom that I was remodeling. They removed old tub, and installed the new one, as well as did all the r…
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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.
We are from Reading, Pa--visiting our son who is in Philly for a few months. He needed a hair and we found this Hair Cuttery on the internet. We could not be more pleased with this choice. Great hair cut --reasonable prices---and all of the personnel treated us --beautifully !! Their smiles---made our day---On the front window is a sign----Just Walk In -----I would change this to----Just Run In . 5 Stars-----Check this Hair Cuttery out---right next to Wal-MartIn the Northeast Tower Shopping Center.
I’ve been going to this shop for years!! Love the ladies at the shop. Tina cares a lot about her clients and will make sure you leave out loving your hair!!
If I could get this zero I will this is a horrible Salon do not ever go to the salon it is a horrible as a business place the mother is the one that's running and she cries too fast talk you into something and she makes appointments at 2 and do not even start the braiding of your hair until 5 because she's taking in walk ins at the same time as the appointments so what the hell is the appointment for do not even go to this salon not the mother it's horrible she has horrible customer service I will never come back to the salon again because she has horrible customer service..... This business receives F grade
All I can say my worked say it all 💈💯⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✂️💺💇😱😱 this Lax Clippers Barbershop we are located in south Philadelphia on Snyder ave and Moyamensing
I've followed these ladies from a previous shop to the shop they have now. The reason being is they are very kind and honest and they listen to what your needs and issues are and they work with you. The also make sure you are happy with the service. The products that are used are also sold there as well so the in between maintenance of your style is easy. The shop is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is perfect. Great music and wine and conversations!!
This review is more so for one of Porscha's colleagues (MadebyMason/Amber) but I'd like to think that the ppl who run businesses has a set platform of professionalism bc again everyone there is a representation of the business. I'm going to TRY to keep this uneventful narrative very short and to the point� I got the install we've all seen with the frontal pushed slightly to the back but off to the side w/ 4 bundles for my liking of fullness. I asked Mason if I could come in for a consultation bc I was a little confused as to how my bundles were going to blend good w/ her frontal and how the whole process goes period that seemed to annoy her due to the text and her body language and tone once I got there. I came in and her first words were "so what you want to know" I pulled out my bundles and asked if I could see her frontal and I sat my own self down. I'm 9 Months pregnant throughout this whole event and getting ready for my baby shower. She stands over me the whole time while we chat and she tells me I gotta calm down towards our ending as if I was too concerned and in panic. I don't know you, you don't know me we ain't gfs so that rubbed off the wrong way so I said I'm paying you my hard earned money and she says your right. I left feeling half and half about if I should go to the previous place I had a great consult at and forget about my $50 deposit w/ Mason.. but the pics/vids on IG sold me. I come back during my long appmnt day things are okay slight convo, pricing became different bc during the so called consult she didn't add in the charge for the 4th bundle that I told her for sure I wanted but again her head wasn't there. I looked in the mirror and everything seemed cool. I used the restroom and left. I get home to sleep my pain away from the tightness of hair and the band. (Us ladies know the feeling) Woke up the next morning (Saturday) to learn that my scalp was orange and there wasn't much baby hair like I've saw in the pics on IG
Zero stars, the worst salon experience of my life. Stylist had no idea what she was doing, ruined my hair by giving me a completely different color, had me there for over 5 hours when it should've been 2 max, and then refused to refund me because they did not agree with my complaints. I don't know what kind of place of business doesn't try to resolve the issue, I'm surprised this place gets any business at all.
Hi Mr Arnold. This is Charleen Keith's girlfriend. This is awkward but Keith wanted me to ask you if you could put some money on his books for phone calls. His family has spent 2,???.?? Dollars on his phone calls in the past 2 months and they are scraping to keep him in touch with me and the kids and paying the lawyer at the same time I am asking because he told me that you said if you could help out to let you know. If you can't I really appreciate everything that you have done for him. Thank you very much Again Thanks. CharleenMy # is 215-407-7917
I put my trust in Michelle recently for a special updo and she delivered the most creative slay-all-day style I've ever seen- PHENOMENAL! Hadn't been back for a while but I'll continue to be a loyal patron.Duafe's stylists are amazing and I've never been disappointed with the products or services rendered.
The environment is peaceful. The owner provides one on one service with each client. I was in and out
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.