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2362 Highway 94 South Outer RdSaint Charles, MO 63303
I don't normally leave reviews and when I do i'm definitely a tough critic, but I must say, the guys at Cardinal just finished my new roof and it's …
8040 Litzsinger RdSaint Louis, MO 63144
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6646 Christopher DrSaint Louis, MO 63129
From Business: Tom Madden & Sons Construction Company has been building a solid reputation in St. Louis, Missouri since 1971 as an honest, hard working, and high-quality constru…
10348 Old Olive Street RdSaint Louis, MO 63141
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5242 N BroadwaySaint Louis, MO 63147
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2619 S Big Bend BlvdSaint Louis, MO 63143
The porch on our 70 year old home had several stones falling off and needed some general tuckpointing repair work done. I reached out to several com…
1617 Lafayette AveSaint Louis, MO 63104
My garage door was broken and I was looking for someone who could get to my place as soon as possible . They arrived at my home within hours. From…
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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Dan and his crew did a great job for both of my clients. Very professional, competitive pricing and zero problems for me and my clients. I have recommend him to family and friends without hesitation. I plan on using Dan on all my projects. No middle men to worry about, you're doing business with the owner/installer. Dan's expertise on all fencing types and particularly unique install challenges makes me feel very comfortable with him on the project.
Eminent domain specialists. A greedy business, led by a narcissist.They do have good secretarial staff.
Fernando & Jason were first class all the way. Great communication! They took care of dealing with the claims adjuster and accurately advised us as to what we should expect from start to finish. Extremely fast and organized from the day we signed the agreement through the day everything was completed, cleaned and shiny a few days later. Of equal importance, you can reach them at almost anytime - they actually answer the phone!! This group knows the business, are friendly, trustworthy and knowledgeable!!
Bob was professional all the way! He responded to my needs very rapidly and produced a more than friendly quote and finished the roof in 2 days with his crew. The finished product was absolutely great and I would definitely recommend BKing roofing.
I only knew about Compton Roofing because a few years ago we got a new neighbor. We had problems with our previous ones having police called to their house, so it was a blessing to now have a 20-something bachelor who loves God, family, and work. Plus my twin boys loved his “big truck” and the fact he could make a bow & arrow set out of PVC piping. But we didn’t need a new roof. We mourned with Jonathan the passing of his father. I had learned since then we had met at a Guns & Hoses event many years ago where he introduced me to Johnny Londoff and Karl Lund, two men just as compassionate and generous as he was. I was astonished at the many people at his memorial service, several pillars of the community, a drop in the sea of people he reached. But we didn’t need a new roof.We saw Jonathan stand firm in his faith, and witnessed a maturity that keeps his father’s spirit alive. His increased responsibility was met with drive, discipline, and integrity. It was a joy to see.And then… we needed a new roof.Compton Roofing did a fantastic job, as I hope any reputable roofing company would do. They are family-owned, family-oriented and provide a personal touch. We have a great roof, a great neighbor, and a great experience that has a lifetime guarantee.
This is how I artist yard looks as of December third we hired a gentleman supposably with 30 years experience and installing fences we gave him a deposit on November 2nd he cash or check on November 2nd we never heard from him since so we traced him down at City Hall I wish I could add the video but I can't so make a long story short are fence is not done yet the chain-link fence that we asked him to take out and dispose of has been taken out incorrectly and the concrete with exposed post has been left when Dan came to bid this job he understood all of our wants and needs all of our boundary line papers were lost three times me and my life has to go up to City Hall to bring the paperwork to get the permit he didn't show up on the job until the 1st of December today is the 3rd and you still not done he has moved the fence line in towards our house closer and we're basically losing property just fence line was moved in the reason why he did not take out all the concrete post was cuz it was easier just to cut them off so now they're become a danger so someone can get hurt so if you decide to use this person make sure you do your background check before you do anything else
NEVER RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE! DISHONEST AND RUDE! NEVER RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE! DISHONEST AND RUDE!!! If I could give these people less than one star I would. THEY PRETEND TO BE NICE AND THEN WHEN THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT THEY WILL LIKE AND TAKE YOUR MONEY. Terminated my lease because I broke the "don't annoy your neighbors" rule too many times (even when I was out of the state somehow) Told me that I needed to be out of the apartment by November 18th.I paid Nov rent the day before I got the termination email. I asked for Novembers rent back because I had to pay first and last months rent plus deposit when I moved in. he said that to get November's rent back I needed to agree to be out by the 18th so I did. After this he immediately started pushing me to move out and started showing the apartment little or no notice almost daily. I got November's rent that I paid in October but they kept the "last month's rent" and did not reimburse me for the 2 weeks of November that I did not live there. I moved in right after the tenant before me moved out so the walls were not touched up and the carpets were not clean. I made the mistake of trusting John and not having him sign something stating the damages that were already in the apartment when I moved in. For weeks I asked for touch up paint so that I could touch up any wall scratches because I was worried about the damage from the previous tenant effecting my deposit. John said not to worry about it. Once I moved out John's attitude changed immediately. He immediately started being very rude and dodging my phone calls. He said that they legally had 30 days to refund my deposit and that there was damage to the apartment (wouldn't say what) and he didn't know how much of my deposit would be returned. Not only did I have to pay for an abrupt unplanned move but now I am getting screwed out of my deposit and 1/2 month's worth of rent which totals more than $1200.
I heard this company in March my check was cashed but they never came back to install the post in the proper area. And back they sent drug addicts to my house to install in the wrong area period after many Communications of get trying to get my money back he told me that he was going to have to come take pictures and he contacted his lawyer. I sent him a letter which was returned to me and a few weeks later there were no vehicles or trailers at his location on Lindbergh. I'm pretty sure he closed up shop and will be operating under another name soon enough. Dan cahill is a crook.
There are two sides to every story. When we got involved with Mr. Gupta, we were under the impression we would be paid in a timely manner, and we were working with a straight shooter. We were fooled. After two bounced checks, and asking us to lie to a bank, we really didn't want anymore part in this matter. We didn't steal fron anyone, if anything we still aren't paid the full balance for all the change orders Gupta added separate to our intital agreement. Gupta, bad mouthing people who have bent over backwards for you, to ensure your store got open when you couldn't even pay suppliers, is bad news. We wish you well, and would appreciate all facts being displayed before pointing fingers. Have a great day.
10/07/2017OverallWe chose Innovated Construction to build back our gas station on June 2016. At first, the project was seeming to go right and on schedule. As it got closer to the end, thats where the project took a downfall. The project manager kept promising a completion day, but failed many times to be done by that time period. Also, another problem we are still putting up with Mr. Randy Green (project manager) and his team is that they still have not finished the entire job after a whole year. First of all, a night window was to be put in with a drawer which Mr. Green claims to have possession of, but will not come and install it. Second, he has been paid to rebuild the carwash back, but never came back to even finish that. Thirdly, he still has our beer turf which has already been paid for, but not even delivered yet. Fourth, he did not even give us matching shelves with our counter shelves which he claims it still has to be paid for, but who would buy the whole counter display without matching shelves. Fifth, the hood he installed is already giving us problems. This list could go on and on, but I will leave to right here.This construction company is not a good professional company to go with to complete your construction needs. They may have a good price which is neither too cheap or expensive. The people running this business may end up cheating you out of your money. We are writing this message after failing many attempts to reach out to this company to finish their job and leaving with the only option of going to court. We just want to inform others before your cheated out of your hardworking money.
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.