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.
3050 S 1st St Ste 217Garland, TX 75041
i went recently when i walked in for a second i thought it was lonely but all of the hair stylist were in the back drinking beer and laughing very loudly it took 3 minutes for someone to notice i was there i went to get my hair dyed blonde horrible experienced my scalp was burning due to the hai…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Me and my family we're there Saturday afternoon. The wait wasn't long, we were greeted by the manager in front,she's awesome)She talked to us (even though she was answering the phones, checking in and out other families for their appointments, helping with others whom we're shopping amongst the store, putting glitter on the little girls and doing paperwork) all at the same time and with a smile on her face. She was very busy with absolutely no help, but you couldn't tell. She proceeded to check us out and her system crashed (not on just one but both computers) she explained to us the problem and apologized twice for the inconveniences and wait. Everything was fine, she called the owner and was alerting them of the problem in the store. It was at least seven people, UNTIL this lady from the salon came and started trying to take completely over the front desk manager. She started trying to logging in to the computers and the other lady informed her that everything was currently down and she had everything under control. The salon lady insisted that she knew everything there was to know to fix the problem, when she didn't. She actually made things worst and started making everyone stressed. I even tried to talk to her about what the other girl was doing and had already done but SHE JUST WOULDN'T LISTENShe lied on the front desk girl, yelled at her in front of all of us. Honestly, I felt bad for the girl. She kept her composure and kept working on trying to fix the problem. The owner told the girl to start taking our credit card information verbatim down on paper along with our drivers licenses number, name and everything. Honestly, that's too much information to be just giving out. I'm a victim of identity theft and I don't give out my information to anyone that I don't know. The salon person started screaming at me about hold on.She got so aggressively impulsive that she threw a huge object at the desk person & screamed at her " Well you're the manager so you do it!"
Stand out among friends, for an unforgettable experience visits Mary Saloon in Plano. Mary and Pervaiz are not your everyday hairstylist, they take pride in their work and they understand hair.Please stop by today.Shams
I've been going to Marcela for years. Love her technique (most gentle hairdresser I've ever used), her style and attention to detail. She's done cuts, styles, highlights and lowlights and updos for me. I find it easy to schedule with her-- flexible with my busy life.
Very rude greedy people. They are nasty and try to sell cheap products for high price. Promised that keratin treatment and hair straightening will last for 4-6 months and charged around $300 (wasted). Hair become curly and wavy(original) after the first wash! They are rude and always sound angry. Please stay away from these scary place. Though I had an appointment the owner kept leaving me in the middle of my treatment to care other customers. Will never go and will warn all my friends and families to stay away.
BAD!!!!I went to this place with Groupon Coupon. The lady is very rude with me and when i was fixing up an appointment itself she is not sweet. Anyway i fix up an appointment since i got the coupon. I environment is good but don't like the rudeness. We go the salon to relax, this just opposite. Hate it!!!I would not recommend this place for my enemy also!!!THIS IS MY HONEST FEEDBACK!!!!
Ripped off at Ashima Salon - at spring creek, Plano TXI booked my appointment on phone. As that was my first appointment at this salon I made sure about all charges and discount and deals for the services. Next day, as soon as I walked in they wanted to start, but I repeat all services I want and the charges they yeah yeah we remember the total amount no worries. I get to the counter to pay expecting to be charged $75, but they charged me $190. I was about to faint but they don't keep their words. Please if you go to that salon, take the amount and services from them in return never believe in their words. I took this as a lesson to learn, but Ashima salon's staff is just seem so unethical
My daughter had her hair braided by Aazena three weeks ago, the day before Thanksgiving. The hair did not last three weeks and we paid $190.00! My daughter had to wait TWO hours after her scheduled appointment to even have Braider start on her hair. The style was much bigger than my daughter requested and Braider blamed my daughter for not communicating accurately or taking care of her hair. She's a college student and has been wearing braids for two years ... first time this has happened. The Braider would only agree to touch up the front ore-braid for half price.... No thank you! My daughter's time and my money is best served elsewhere! Poor quality of service and not agreeable to customer satisfaction... VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!
HENNA NIGHTMARE I have naturally blonde hair and I've never had trouble covering ALL my hair with the henna paste. I was given a $30 gift card to Ashima's, and I decided to get my roots done. I asked for a henna. I was told it would cost $40 dollars despite the cost really being $30! ( dying my hair at home costs me less than $5 each time ) I asked if she would henna ALL my hair just to clarify, to which she replied of course. Afterwards she put a shower cap on my head and sent me on my way, but not before I gave her a $5 tip and thanked her.After waiting 4 hours I rinsed my hair out and conditioned it, and OH GOD was I horrified when I looked into the mirror! Half of my roots were a bright orange, and the other half was my natural hair and hadn't been colored at all!! It was entirely obvious even after I tried combing and styling my hair. I was livid! I paid I want my $40 back. I'm distraught over this and it's been one of the worst customer experiences I've ever had.
When I first moved to the Plano/Allen area, this place was recommended to me and was close to my work site. All employees are professional, courteous, do an excellent job and I enjoyed it, I would recommend this place to anyone
WORST services & RUDE customer service EVER!I went for a brow tint & they used hair dye on my brows & BURNING my skin! 1st eyebrow tinting is NOT hair dye! Once the procedure was done I told them I couldn't see a difference & was upset & they wanted to re-apply the same color dye (which was the wrong color & blame me for it as professionals they should know which color to use in the 1st place!) I refused because I didnt want them to burn my skin again. I also got a facial threading which cut my skin & left horrible rash. The owner is extremely rude & wouldn't even give me a discount after I told them how disappointed I was & how I couldn't even see a difference in my brows at all. Owner said "No discount you took too long & I have other clients to take care of!" I am a paying customer, should be taken care for however long, they are there to serve me & what I am paying for! HORRIBLE, SAVE YOURSELF THE DISAPPOINTMENT & WASTE OF TIME. GO ELSEWHERE WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS APPRECIATED!
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.