We had to order and install 3 large new windows for our kitchen. Two of the windows had to be shorter than their old counterparts, and one window had to be larger because we gutted the kitchen and the old window sizes were completely wrong for the space. Precision Fit came out to measure and assess the situation. Even though our house is a single story, it was a very tough job because the windows are all at a two-story level (the lot slopes from high on one side to low on that side of the house) and it involved cutting through very thick stucco. Jason ordered the perfect windows, the first is a picture (fixed) window with 2 side casements, the second is a large gliding window, and the third is a single-hung (up and down). I almost ordered the wrong dimensions for the casement sizes until Jason told me that the proportions would look better with wider casements than what I had originally imagined. I am so glad I went with his recommendation! All the windows look great proportionally, exactly the way I wanted. We ordered the Simonton brand windows, and I must say, they are better looking and feel more solid than the other new windows that we had installed last year by another local company---before we were lucky enough to find Precision Fit. I wish Jason and Rob had installed all of our windows, but I didn't know them at that time. What a difference! Dealing with Jason and Rob was such a pleasure compared to that other window company. I am really happy that we found them. In fact the other window company only ordered the windows, and then we had to find an installer to do the job. Precision Fit did everything! They measured, ordered, and installed. Initially, we actually came to Precision Fit to install a new front entry door. The window job was only added on. Our entry door is coming next---can't wait! Jason ordered it along with the new hardware, and Jason and Rob will be staining it and installing it soon. That will be a big job too because we are going from a 6'9" door with a transom and sidelights to an 8' door with sidelights, no transom. It is extremely difficult to find good work by contractors these days, so finding this company was very lucky for us. Thanks for doing great work, Precision Fit! We are very thankful.
3509 N 43rd AvePhoenix, AZ 85031
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2375 E Camelback Rd Ste 300Phoenix, AZ 85016
This is the owner of Arizona's Best Cabinets responding to the review written on September 2, 2015. First of all, all I can say is that anything can be written about anyone on the Internet whether it contains a shred of truth or not. The first indication that we knew this was a complete fabrication is that we would never quote a two-week completion date for an island. Secondly, we service over 1200 customers per year and in our attempt to identify this person nowhere in the system is the name used in this review listed so at the very least this person used a false name. Finally, it is curious that this person (whomever they may be) first insists that they're not going to pay for something they haven't seen when they themselves stated in their own review that the request was made by the company to come and inspect the cabinetry before final payment and delivery. We expect that clients want to inspect their cabinetry before final payment and we absolutely encourage them to do so. In 32 years of our company operating and my ownership dating the last 10 years, I have never responded to a negative review because they constitute such a small segment of the thousands of satisfied contracts we complete, I know our customers that return to us month after month and year after year know and value the product we produce. However, this review finally pushed me over the edge and I am now speaking out for business owners everywhere that have had blatantly false things disseminated about them in this place we call the Internet. This is the world we now live in that instead of actually focusing on my customers I am compelled to waste my time doing damage control. We all believe in "buyer beware", but we should also be mindful of "buyer beware of the bullcrap" that floats around the Internet with no monitor, no validity, and ultimately no relevance.
My name is Silviu.P. I highly recoment S.W.B. I went to Southwest Barricades to turn in an application for employment. I was welcomed with respect and Chris and Jhon plus other emoyees are very well to conversate with. The most professional clean company I've been at and these workers are experts and highly skilled. I always dreamed of working with such a pro company and now that I found Southwest Barricades I hope they make my dream and great need of employment and to build a long lasting rewarding business employee relationship and I look forward to be learning all they do so I too can grow with this job just hope they hire me. I would love to have this employment I would highly recommend southwest barricades. They are very well established.
My husband and I have hired Other Brothers Construction to do various repairs around our home from fixing a roof that lost some tiles during a dust storm to replacing the vacuum breaking that broke and flood our yard. There hasn't been a job yet they couldn't do for us and our 19 year old house. We appreciate how quickly we have received service after calling for "help." The price paid is worth the service and knowing the job is done right. I have recommended Other Brothers Construction to friends, family and co-workers. They have all experienced the same outstanding service. Other Brothers Construction deserve an A++ rating!!!
We bought an older house and our doors were in horrible condition. We had Precision Fit do a custom sliding patio door to our backyard that is so wonderful! It helped reduce cooling costs and it changed the whole appearance of the back of our home and our back yard. Since we were so happy with the work that was done on the back door, we had them replace our front door. The customer service and professionalism was top notch! Jason knew exactly what to do with both of our awkward door spaces and recommended the best doors for the situation. We could not be happier!!!!
If you are looking for new windows, look no further. With the purchase of a 20 year old townhouse, it was obvious that we needed to replace the windows. Jason was so helpful, very professional, certainly knows the products well. The installation was great, Mark and Andrew were careful in every detail, and we couldn't be happier with our choice of PrecisionFit to handle this project. Reasonable price, great product, and wonderful service, all rolled together make this a most satisfactory company to use.
Mullooly Construction, LLC was hired to do a complete remodeling of my kitchen and laundry. Tim, Angel and Mike did an excellent, professional job from start to finish. They showed up on time daily, completed work in a timely, meticulous fashion and kept the job site tidy. They handled permitting, ordering and more, and consulted me on many details of the project, so I was always "in the loop," meaning there were no surprises. I would highly recommend the firm's services.
Not sure if the prior reviewer has his "Charlie" confused with someone else - my experience with Charlie's Custom Cabinets 480-584-9045 has been fantastic! His work is excellent, he is fair and honest and offers great design suggestions that fit the space you are working with. He is on the second job for me at another house and it is going as beautifully as the first job. Used him in 2012 and again 8/2013! He would never take a deposit and not deliver....
It is always challenging in todays market to find a company that delivers on time and on budget. Cliff and Gina at Austin Morgan Closets did exactly that! Their key design suggestions and knowledge about their product was outstanding. They were seamless to work with and amazing in responsiveness. After using one of the more common closet designers on an earlier project, I wish I had found Austin Morgan closets much sooner.
Austin-Morgan designed and installed a large closet and the laundry area in our Fountain Hills home. The design was innovative; maximized the use of space; and was everything we asked for (and more). Cliff was very professional and easy to work with. The materials were of a very high quality and the cost was very reasonable: a fraction of the cost charged by the high profile national firms.
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.