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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I called Jim when I was really in a bind. I had never used his services before, but found him through google. Within an hour, he was at my apartment, tools in hand and ready for any challenge I had. Aside from being a really nice man, Jim is extremely talented at fixing and putting things together. I have no doubts about whom to call when I need anything done in my apartment.
Jim was on time. Jim is professional. He got the job done proficiently and professionally: beautiful hanging of a steel core door with dead bolt and handle and hanging inside lock. Great job, Jim, and I will recommend you anytime.
We are selling our house and had some small leaks to fix based on our home inspection. The company called to change the first appointment the day of because they overbooked. So there is strike 1. Then they came out to fix our leaks as said. Took them 45 min. The next day we receive our bill, and it is $267 for 2 small leaks. I thought it was very high and upon looking at the bill, we were charged not only 1.5 hours for what they did (only there for 45 min), we were charged that twice because they had 2 technicians there. When I called and asked about it the owner of the company (John) and told him that those leaks did not require 2 technicians, he proceeded to tell me that the job after ours requires 2 so it didn't make sense to leave one guy at the shop and then have to go back and get him later, so they both came to my house...that is not ok. I am not responsible for the job after mine. If my job is small enough to require only one person than I should be charged just for that person doing the job and only for the 45 min it required! Also, found out that they found a leak in the shower (we did not ask or tell them to fix this!) and they took it upon themselves to fix that leak instead of the original leak on the master bathtub so they called my realtor and made another appointment to come back out and fix the original leak that was supposed to be fixed. This company is rude and unprofessional and will try to rip you off any chance they get! DO NOT hire these crooks!
CALL THEM, if you read their website it tells you to call for a quote not a text, this is in response to someone that tried to blast these guys. WOW did they miss out on using a great company. Texting is after you start communicating with someone and for good reason. I Talked with Jadon one of the two brothers that run the company and let me tell you, this guy knows what he is doing. Described the job over the phone, he was within $100 bucks of 4 other bids and hadn’t even seen the job. So as much as I do around my house with building except concrete that told me this guy knows what he is doing. Had to wait a little bit before they could start but the two day job: DAY ONE, they were early to the house, in out and had everything ready for day two by noon, so I had the rest of the day to go for a ride. DAY TWO, early and ready to go, mud shows up, they did their thing talked me through the whole process and then some. Great guys to talk with, they keep their crew on point and know right when to stamp, trim and do the finish work. So if you want a job done right the first time call them. I do a lot of fine woodworking and finish work so, I was watching to see for the little things and yep they did a great job and fast but didn’t cut any corners. Would give them a higher rating if I could. Will update in 2 weeks after the sealer goes on. doing the high gloss.
I text the number listed,got no response. Next day I sent another text with no response.I waited 5 days and text again to inquire if they had received my two texts regarding cement work.I got a response,"I do not bids over tests."Funny because I was not asking for a bid over text, nor did I send any measurements, what I was wanting was correspondence to set up an appointment for a bid.What I got after that from this company was basically call us to schedule a bid, but oh by the way we are too busy until July 10th.This company was on the top of my list based on the reviews here,but I am a stickler for customer service/respect,if I am going to spend money on a company,it's important to me to have those.I had a large project, two other bids came in it at around $5,500.00 and $6,350.00.I cannot believe there was not a response from this company until after three attempts,then it was we don't do bids over text.I would encourage you to look elsewhere due to lack of respect/customer service.
Jim came out same day to remove caulk and to apply new caulking on our shower. He was fast and professional and his price was very fair! We are now using him for texturing of a ceiling and a repair of a water damaged wall. I have already recommended him to friends!
Wish I could give them ZERO STARS!!! Sears contracts it's repair work out to A&E Factory Service. I was required to use them for a manufacturer's recall. They were terrible. When I first called to schedule the repair, they had no idea what a recall was. I had to call again and speak with someone else who didn't know how to set the appointment up correctly. The technician that showed up had to cancel the appointment and get it set up again in order to not charge me. Then he didn't have the part. He supposedly ordered the part and set up another appointment. The part never came and he didn't show up for the next appointment. After calling Sears and the manufacturer (a total of more than 8 calls) I found out that I couldn't re-order the part because A&E Factory Service had ordered it. I called them again, but they can't find the part. Avoid this company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quick and easy, good communication when running late, no surprises in billing. Work was completed as advertised. Have hired them several times.
We had Jim come over to our house to patch some holes in our basement wall and ceiling. He arrived when he said he would and was very affordable. Will definitely use Jim's Handyman Service again!
Victor did a really good job sending and repainting my deck,he Definitely know what he's doing,he did the job in less time that I was expecting in a very professional manner
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.