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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500 E Moana Ln Ste CReno, NV 89502
This place is amazing! The girls are awesome and friendly. beds are great and prices are low. Very clean. I love tanniing here. Im sure you will too…
1105 California AveReno, NV 89509
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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.
Since I moved here several years ago, I tried a few different nail salons. When I wanted gel, I typically ended up with acrylic. Every place I tried, my nails lifted, chipped and did not hold up more than a few weeks. I ran into this Regal Nails one morning just because I was in the area and it was convenient. I am SOOOO glad that I did. I drive from Stead to here now to get my nails done. Their customer service is great; they are always concerned if the customer is happy with the final product. They take their time and use precision. Customer service means alot to me so they certainly have that covered. I get authentic shiny gel fill in here and my nails hold up for over three weeks sometimes if I can't get there for a fill in. I'm very pleased with this Regal Nails location. (not all of the Regal Nails are the same.)
This nail salon knows how to Delight and Value their customers. Ann, the owner was Awesome! She offered me a beverage and showered me with Great conversation. This shop is spacious, clean, not cluttered, peaceful atmosphere and so friendly. I had my brows waxed and got a fill. Great prices and great quality. I would highly recommend this place. The best thing of all is Ann is a newly small business owner in Reno who is passionate about giving back to her community. Do ask what schools and nonprofits peek her interest and ask how as a customer we can help her build her charitable contributions to make more of a difference. Thank you Ann for all that you do and having such an amazing nail salon.
I wish I found them sooner! I had no appointment and walked in on a Saturday and had to wait about 10 mins to be helped. In the mean time they gave me all of the color swatches to choose from and it kept me occupied. The shop is very clean, nice and quiet. Its unlike the other nail shops in the area where the ladies working there are really loud and chatty and shouting across the room at each other (which I can't stand). My tech was sweet, quiet lady and she did a great job on my pedicure. The other lady did my nails and she took her time and did not rush at all. She was sweet and also made for a good conversstion about our kids. I will definitely be back, next time I will make an appointment.
I Had never gotten my nails done in a nail salon before so this was the first. I did not know what everything went like pink and white or the difference between acrylic and gel nails. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. This was also for prom so it had to be perfect since everything else was going wrong. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and she did exactly that by only looking at it twice and then even inhanced it to make it better. She wasn't very talkative but continually asked if the nails were OK and if I liked it. It was a great experience and the prices are good.
I need nails unlike most ppl that go for services to receive them. It's part of my job or else my boss makes me go home and do something about my nails. I spend 200$ on nails and I only go to the best. I love the fact that these guys are phenomenal. The quality and the efficiency of my nail services a unmatched. I've been going to regal for four years now without skipping or altering my location even once. I love when women who complain never come back because they don't deserve nice ppl. So you guys should stay with your drama nail girls lol
I LOVE my nails every time and I am so picky! They never fall off or break. Lisa Is so sweet and gracious. I have had others do my nails in that salon and have never been disappointed. I did not want to get my nails done there because I thought they were a Walmart nail salon, but they are in Walmart because they rent the space. It is not a Walmart store. ANYHOW I took the picture below by myself so couldn't get a real good picture of them, but trust me ...my nails are beautiful! Thank you Sweet Lisa!
The reasons why I keep coming back here after going and trying different salons in the area are:1. Their prices are CHEAP.2. QUALITY SERVICE.3. The technicians are SKILLFUL and extremely FRIENDLY. ( I have tried different technicians, I am happy with them all) 4. The salon is SANITIZED. 5. Numerous selections in color. They use quality products and most importantly they guarantee their service. I think I will keep coming here for a very long time. Thanks ladies for looking after my nails.
I have been going to this location for about 5 years. Hannah is the best! Her work is superb! She will paint your nails a sweet design by hand. Kathy does an excellent foot massage and pedicure! Lee is great, very friendly, Jessica is a sweetheart, always smiling and the rest are nice, too. I feel at home here and will tell everyone I know about this place! The prices are great and their customer service is excellent! ***** 5 stars *****
Been coming to this salon for years. My mother had Hannah and Lee both as her nail techs when I was 13, I am now 25 and would not trade Hannah for the world. I make one quick call and she is ready to see me. She is the only one I trust with my nails and all the girls in here I trust with my pedicures they are the only ones who have kept up on my feet very well for a great price. I love all of them and consider them like family
I was shopping at target and I saw a sign that says Nail Forum. I stopped by to see how it looks and decided to a spa package with mani/pedi and massages. They took really good care of me. Everyone was very friendly and nice. It was a top notch experience! The place was very clean,nice and has relaxing music that can make you fall asleep. I will be back soon! I can't wait for the next three weeks! ☆*:.｡. o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆
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.