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Joel from My Home Builders & Energy Solutions was hired to create our dream house. We renovated two bathrooms, added an additional bathroom & laundry room and installed hardwood floors in all the bedrooms. We worked mainly with Joel. Joel was always reachable and reactive. He was creative and unbelievable from the design stage all the way to the actual construction. All of their workers and sub-contractors were generous, respectful, hardworking people with high reliability. Their cabinet maker person did beautiful work and was a pleasure to work with. During the work, there was a mold behind the old cabinets and our concern was that it will cause a major delay with the work. Joel made sure to take care of it with one of his vendors and they were tremendously helpful by solving that problem and keeping the project on track. The mold problem was an addition in price but Joel was able to get us the best deal with the mold remediation. Now that the remodeling is over, we can say that a lots of extra things were done for us and without any additional charge. A lot of them were just being done without even asking us. Joel was able to finalize the remodeling under budget and a little bit early than expected. Our house was treated as if it was their own. We are very pleased with the remodeling they did in the interior aspect of our house that we are currently in advance stage to work with them on the backyard and pool. We highly recommend selecting My Home Builders & Energy Solutions for any project.
When I realized that the time had come and that I needed to put a new roof on my house it was not without a degree of trepidation that began taking bids on the job. Having been involved in the construction industry back in the 70s I know something of the process, the expense and the hazards to the homeowner that accompany having a roof put on a house. In my case two layers of roofing had to be removed one of which was the original wooden shake roof that had been there since 1969. This meant that my home would be totally exposed to the elements for a period of time not to mention that all one would need to do to gain access to my home during this time would be to climb a latter.Of all the roofers that I interviewed only Tony seemed to understand my concerns and addressed them clearly and honestly. Although the price was a major element in my decision it was not my only concern. Tony laid out my options clearly and took the time to explain each.The job proceeded exactly as Tony said it would and the price was exactly what he said it would be. One can ask for no more than that.
LETTER FROM THE CEO We all Thank you for visiting Silverado Framing & construction, Inc. Everything we do – every order, every delivery, every service, every offering – centers around the satisfaction of our customers. This is a new Silverado Framing, and reflects a return to the core of what we have done best over the years. Our brand marks our future as we go forward operating as a single company with the mission “Our Customers Are First”. We pride ourselves on being the leading provider of lumber,hardware, pre-manufactured trusses and wall panels, and all framing needed on any project big or small for the professional trade to get it done as professional as possible. We have restructured our company to thrive in this challenging economy and the never ending recession: You will experience our new 24 hour 7 days a week customer service. We are willing to do everything needed to get your project completed on a timely matter. We have continued to invest in technology to lower our costs and especially yours. Ed Solis,President
My Home Builders & Energy Solutions just completed to remodel a complete bathroom for our master bathroom, and it is absolutely gorgeous! The new Pulse shower offers the best shower experience we've ever had...and we travel quite a bit and have had showers in many nice places. The new toilet flushes better than any toilet we've had before. Every single special request I had was handled by Roye and I honestly appreciate that a lot. I didn't have to beg him for information or anything that related to the remodeling. On top of that, the price that I received from Roye and the quality of the work, cannot be beat! Roye (the owner) was very helpful and easy person to work with, and Luis (the installer) was a very pleasant person to work with and did quality work. I've heard nightmares before about working with remodeling companies. My Home Builders & Energy Solutions stayed with the job until it was done. I definitely recommend them to anyone wanting a bathroom upgrade or remodel.
Tony is professional, courteous, prompt, does quality work and is very fair. I live out of state and needed to have roof repairs done to our rental property in Moreno Valley. I had called several roofing companies but Tony was the only one who returned my call. Tony was outstanding! He went out to the property took pictures of the roof and damage. He emailed the pictures to me and took the time to review each picture and describe the damage and what repairs needed to be done. He gave me a very reasonable bid and I accepted his offer. After he completed the work he emailed me the pictures of the repair and again took the time to review and discuss the repairs. Not once did he make me feel like I was a bother to him with all of my questions. Instead he was informative and professional. If you are looking for a roofer in that area don't look anywhere but with him.
I heard a knock on my door and I had the pleasure of meeting Antonio Eredia. He said he notice some problems with my roof and wondered if I would be interested in a free estimate. I had been concerned about my roof for some time so I consented. Antonio repaired everything that needed attention without trying to sell me a new roof. His professional and courteous manner were only exceeded by his skill and knowledge of roofing. I would recommend him to anyone that needs roofing work done at a more than fair price. Two weeks later the heavy rains came and I was safe and secure in my home thanks to Tony. If you want to do business the old fashion way with a man who has skill and integrity then call Antonio. I will call him when it's time to replace my roof and i will tell all my family and friends about him.
I recommend this company! I recommend this company! After three plumbing companies failed to find the leak in my home, I decided to call my insurance company. They recommended Exact Leak Detection. A field supervisor and his assistant arrived at my door in a little over an hour. They performed tests with equipment I had not seen performed by the previous plumbers. They detected that there was an "intermittent leak going on in the footing" of my garage wall. After finding the leak he explained that in order to ensure that was the only leak going on, he would perform further tests throughout the plumbing system. I felt very comfortable and they made me feel at ease. The field supervisor had two plumbing technicians arrive at my home within the hour and my leak was repaired the same day.
Words cannot express how grateful I am that Tony has such integrity. I am a single mother with Christmas just around the corner. I had a leak in my rofd and was told by other companies it would be over five thousand dollars. I was devestated and felt hopeless with the needed repairs and Christmas around the bend. I tried one last roofing company, AE Roofing. Tony came out and told me the reparis were mininal and the cost was under a thousand dollars. I thought to myself this can't be and I found out that with the expected El Nino (supposedly) the roofing companies are gouging customers... BEWARE! The work is complete to my satisfation, no more leaks and I will enjoy my Christmas with my kids thanks to Tony's work ethics and INTEGRITY!!! I really can't say enough.
Just finished our re-roof with Tony, his work is excellent, and his knowledge of what needed to be done was where it needed to be. I had 5 other roof estimates and Tony's cost was the best, but the thing I liked was that he didn't make comments on how bad the roof was done 27 yrs ago. We had no leaks or issues for that many of years, we are installing Solar and needed new felt. The other's wanted to do all kinds of other things to make the roof better, or should I say make the cost go up.In short, they completed our 2200 sq.ft. re-roof in 9 days and that was working around mother nature. Would definitely use Tony again, but then I think this re-roof will probably last longer than my life time.
I just got off the phone with T M Cobb. The receptionist was pleasant and helpful but she transferred me to a woman who thought, A. I was wasting her time B. I should know the lingo that her company uses daily C. That I was an idiot for not being able to speak her language. I feel that if I'm purchasing a product from someone, the least they could do is treat their customers nicely. She did the whole, "uhhhhh... we carry LOTS of doors here, which one are you taking about?" Thought that was rude. Plus their doors aren't very good quality. One year warranty on all of their products? They don't even have faith in their own products? Kinda scary.
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.