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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.
12000 Old Virginia RdReno, NV 89521
From Business: Marvin E. Davis & Associates, Inc. (MDA), a geotechnical and civil engineering firm, specializes in providing geotechnical engineering; construction quality assur…
1142 Lakeshore BlvdIncline Village, NV 89451
From Business: We've been a Lic.Nev. General Contractor as of this year now for 40 years. Living and Building In mostly The Incline Village area and serving the Reno, Carson cit…
5488 Reno Corporate DrReno, NV 89511
From Business: Over the years Dream Crafters team has worked hard to build a reputation for high-quality craftsmanship and efficient project management. No detail is overlooked,…
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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Rebuilt my home totally destroyed by Caughlin Fire. Conscientious, honest, prompt and easy to communicate with. I closely followed all stages of construction as I have some experience with home construction and he did an excellent job. Rebuilt home was three times better than original.
Dr Horton quality is horrendous. Buy one of these if you like a home full of substandard materials and construction defects. They throw your home together using substandard materials and I had problems with almost every component of the home including HVAC, garage door opener, laundry room (leaking upstairs to downstairs), appliances, fireplace, fixtures, carpet, granite etc. Customer service is designed to CYA from construction defect lawsuits. It is horrible that they are allowed to get away with this.
If I could give negative star rating it would be -10!!!I contracted with ABC Roofing for a new roof. I paid ABC Roofing half up front and the balance when job completed. Today I received a notice of intent to place a lien on my home. It indicated that Sierra Roofing "has not been paid and does not expect to be paid". Upon calling Barbara at ABC she said they pay their bills at the end of the month!!! Why is my property at risk of a lien because ABC can't pay their bills timely.Suggestion .... Sierra Roofing make better payment arrangements with ABC, underastand that I DID NOT have a contract or ANY business relationship with them!!!!
Jeff at Waters Vacuum Truck Service is my hero !!!!! I called Waters Truck Service and at 9:45 pm on Christmas Eve and by 10pm Jeff had called me back and after talking to me he asked if I could open my tank lid and face time with him all this on Christmas Eve. He walked us through a fix that will get us through Christmas and the weekend for them to come out Monday to pump the tank and this was all at no charge he took an hour of his time on Christmas Eve to do this. By the other reviews for you I look forward to professional service on Monday with a job well done. Again thank for living up to your website of “We Offer 24 Hour Emergency Service !” I will just say this; I wish your company would have come up first on the Google search because the other 2 companies that did, did not live up to their site, but I will say after my dealings with Jeff I will say I am glad the other 2 were either no longer do this type of work or did not answer the phone.
This summer we decided to finally replace the roof on our 1924 Craftsman Bungalow in old Reno. Aesthetically, it was important to maintain the historic integrity of the house, but it was also equally important to consider a more green option. We chose to move forward with a metal roof option due to its Energy Star rating, lifetime warranty, fire-proofing properties, and its recycled content. Another consideration was that we plan to capture rainwater and snowmelt for landscaping and over time the metal roof will not shed material like an asphalt shingle roof, offering cleaner water for collection and storage into a cistern. After the decision to move forward with a metal roof option, we took some online recommendations to look into True Green Roofing. I spoke right away with Audrey Smith, and within the same day as my initial call she was on-site with brochures and literature to peruse, and then was up on the roof taking measurements. We received quotes from non-metal roofing companies around town in order to compare costs, though we were set on the metal roof option. Surprisingly, True Green Metal Roofing Solutions quote came in several thousand dollars less than the non-metal roofing company quotes. I was sold on the fire-proofing and energy-efficiency and was prepared to pay more for these “guarantees”. Roughly five years ago, we replaced the roof on the garage with shingles, and I am surprised to see several of the shingles already lifting and buckling. As the work began, I was impressed with the level of communication from True Green Roofing Solutions, specifically Audrey, who is always several steps ahead of the project and very forth-coming with exact schedules for product delivery and installation. Aside from perfect communication and accurate timelines, Audrey is incredibly knowledgeable, and a joy to work with and I looked forward to answering each of her calls.We have lived in the house with the new roof for 4 months now, and as the colder weather is approaching I can absolutely feel the efficiency of the metal roof holding in the heat, and the cool in these past warm, end-of –summer months. This first bill that arrived for the chilly month of October, there was roughly a 25% saving from last October. This was the goal!! Very happy to see the lower bills continue.Aesthetically, the roof looks absolutely beautiful. There have been several inquiries when I am out working in the yard. Everyone wants to know who replaced our roof. I would certainly recommend True Green Roofing Solutions!! In fact, the garage will be next as the shingles continue to lift. I will review again in the future as we do get a rainwater/snowmelt situation in place. A metal roof was the most practical roofing solutions and lends itself to a classic style complimenting our historic Craftsman Bungalow. Call Audrey today, you will be thrilled with the end-result!
I had interior painting done throughout my home...custom colors with accents on rounded corners....The painters Lobo had were professional, very clean and did a beautiful job...the lines joining colors were absolutely perfect and my home looks gorgeous...I would definitely use them again - prices reasonable, on time and VERY CLEAN workers.
Wanted to thank you and the guys for the great job you did on the roof. Making sure that the pipes and vents were painted to go along with the color scheme of the roof and house was very professional. We have had some extremely strong winds the past few months as well as rain and snow, and no complaints. The roof is solid, and sealed! I cannot thank you enough for working so hard and being so creative and flexible in getting down to my budget. The lifetime warranty steel roof for nearly the same price as a composite shingle roof is a no brainer!Thanks again! - Brian J.Reno, NV
They showed up on time. cleaned the tank quickly and gave me three thing I can do to save $ in the future. I wish more contractors and service folks were like this.
As a vendor for TMB Builders I would suggest caution when dealing with the owners of this business. We conducted cleaning for the models for nearly 9 months. After the models were sold we invoiced as we had for 9 months only to have the owners ignore the invoices. We have attempted to contact the owners via every avenue we have available and have gotten no response. As a former Regional Loss Prevention Manager for a large National Retailer I was always taught to operate with a high level of integrity. The owners of TMB builders never learned this invaluable business tool. Buyers beware.
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.