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.
202 Briarcliff DrSan Antonio, TX 78213
It was a pleasure to work with Dennis. He is truly Engaged in his Occupation. Dennis and his Team did Impeccable work. They were so Respectable, Punctual, Professional, and just plain AWESOME! I would refer Dennis to anyone I know.
1815 Madrid StSan Antonio, TX 78237
Great Built started the job on time promised,an finish ontime.They did a great job,did'nt ask for any additional money.Clean up every day.I would use them again.Thank You Great Built
15701 Henderson PassSan Antonio, TX 78232
We have had Tollette Construction do several jobs for us over the last 8 years. Appreciate the personal attention by the owners, Nard and Trey, and also by their superintendent. We've redone our whole kitchen, master bath and bedroom, and then smaller jobs like a our laundry area. While the emp…
San Antonio, TX 78223
From beginning to end Mr. Castellano was prompt, professional, and knowledgeable showing that forty years experience has a value all its own. We are delighted with our patio and thank Mr. Castellano and his crew for an outstanding job.
303 W CevallosSan Antonio, TX 78204
We had hired Accurite Roofing to replace our roof after the recent hailstorm.As per contract they were to demo the shingles and roofing felt down to the decking.They were also to identify any rotted or water damaged decking that would be replaced for another $55 per sheet charge.Accurite roofing…
10906 Laureate DrSan Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: MJC & Associates, located in San Antonio, is a general contracting company. The company has been serving clients since 1978. It specializes in construction services for metal buildings and tilt walls. The company also offers project management, design and building services. MJC & Associates is a subsidiary of MJC Industrie…
8745 Kirkner RdSan Antonio, TX 78263
From Business: Big B Construction provides a wide variety of turn-key concrete services to San Antonio and surrounding areas. With over 25yrs of experience, we take prid in providing quality workmanship, built to your specifications and completed on time. Est. in 1992, Big B Construction is a family owned and operated business.
110 Gaskin DrSan Antonio, TX 78212
Awesome service, there prices were very resonable and they did an amazing job on our bathroom tile. They were very professional and trust worthy. I will definilty use them again ����
11406 Rendezvous DrSan Antonio, TX 78216
I recently had JD Newman remodel my kitchen with custom cabinets. The work was outstanding and was completed within the time frame I was promised. I was very pleased with the price & the quality of work!
1314 Guadalupe St Ste 201San Antonio, TX 78207
Insurance company said they wouldn't pay to replace my roof. Wolfpack came out and met with a new adjuster and they got my roof replaced, window screens and even my shed. They put on my new roof within 2 weeks and everything else was done the next week. Great people. Will definitely recommend an…
118 Aster TrlSan Antonio, TX 78256
By far General Construction Services is the best construction company in San Antonio! I have dealt with many construction companies in San Antonio and have found that General Construction Services is one of the best. Their attention to detail, customer service and their professionalism is superi…
San Antonio, TX 78250
From Business: Reel Construction Service can tackle you home improvement and handyman repair needs. Our professional home improvement team can bring life back to your dilapidated property. We specialize in residential properties that are being sold or rented out. We target the necessities and create a cost effective budget. We respond qu…
13300 Old Blanco Rd Ste 281San Antonio, TX 78216
We live on the far west side and needed a new roof as a result of the hailstorm that came through San Antonio earlier this year. Blue Line did a prompt (and impeccable) job at giving us a gorgeous roof. It looks beautiful and more importantly, held up extremely well through the onslaught of rain…
San Antonio, TX 78227
Ivan Brown, owner of fake company ""Christian Solid Construction"" has no valid business address or license, nor is his ""company"" registered with ANY authority. He is a thief and a liar. Do not give any money to him UNTIL the job is complete. You will then see what a crook he is. He is only a …
5504 Bandera Rd Ste 201San Antonio, TX 78238
Arch did my roof job in September20016 but didn't pay the Mc Coys material bill until January 2nd. MC Coys put a materials Lien on my house. Beware he doesn't return phone calls and he will leave you hanging. Doesn't follow through with anything he tells you, now I have a half finished job wh…
1402 S Mittman StSan Antonio, TX 78210
Have the contract. Was a $ 10,000.-- jop.Make a poor job on paving and concrete work. Took my money in advance to finish the job ( $ 1,050,-- ) and never returned. He make sheetrock work and got the cash money and never gave me a receipt. The owner talks good but this is all...After you aske t…
3939 Fredericksburg Rd Apt K5San Antonio, TX 78201
Extremely unprofessional company. Representative Juan Contreras collected money of front and begin the foundation repair, only to walk away days later with phone number disconnected and no way to contact him. Left the site in dangerous and unsafe conditions. Would not recommend this company to …
474 Surrells AveSan Antonio, TX 78228
This is the worst company to do business with. They promise they can deliver what you want but can't. Several days they did not show up for work so it took them 3 weeks to redo the bathroom. The craftsmanship is hideous totally unprofessional. I could have done a better job putting up the tile. …
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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Texas concept did a beautiful job on my kitchen & flooring I would highly recommend using texas concept for your next home improvemnt project. thanks guys
Did not complete the project in the 3 days he stated. Failed to show when he stated he would. I put 3 stars because the frame was done okay (not level for window and door opening and all part were not secured) but most importantly, it was not supported correctly. Without sending an invoice, he messaged me with threats for payment. HIGHLY UNPROFESSIONAL.
Professionalism is the best word to describe the entire project from start to finish. I like many others sustained hail damage in the hail storm of 2015. While our city and neighborhoods were inundated with "fly by night" roofers and handymen, I waited and researched good local companies to bid my job. I chose Estradas Roofing and am glad I did! Ralph was responsive to my particular needs and questions, and offered solutions to my various problems. His crew arrived on time and completed the job within the designated time period. After the tear off, Ralph brought me on the roof to show me any and all damage to the decking and offered suggestions on the repair. His crew was able to make the repairs perfectly and re roofed the house the following day. He also suggested installing a ridge vent to increase my homes efficiency. The jobsite was clean after they were complete and has far exceded my expectations. I would definitely recommend Estradas roofing to anyone and will continue to hire them for anyother roofing needs I may have.
Salesman was very thorough and went over every detail ahead of the job. Better Roofing offered many different types and colors of shingles and we went with the duration single. It gave our roof a high definition, old school look to it. Our roof is reasonably large, but the job was completed in two days. Quality work on our new roof. I highly recommend Better Roofing.
Phil and his team were very professional and knowledgable. They got our roofing job done quickly and left our home clean and respected. Their price was also very competitive. I would recommend Better Roofing to anyone.
Discount Roofing Company came out and fixed a leak that no one could get to stop leaking for 2 years.
Hired Estrada Roofing owner Ralph Estrada (210) 629-5513 on 9/13/17. He was on Angie's List and the Better Business Bureau. He was quick to start job and supposedly completed job on 9/15/17. I was unable to inspect the completed job due to mother n law having surgery on that day. Mr. Estrada call on 9/16/17 and asked if I could meet with his wife for payment. Paid remaining balance in full. I went to inspect the job later that day and found the following issues: Rotted Decking not replaced, Drip flashing missing, and fascia board not replaced. Took pictures and texted them to Mr. Estrada. Mr Estrada called me on 09/24/17 and stated he would fix all issues on 9/25/17. On 9/25/17 Mr. Estrada called me to say it was raining hard and would call me to give me new date once rain stopped. I have called and texted Mr. Estrada with no reply from him. Today's date is 10/09/17 and still no reply. I did more research and found judgments against Mr Estrada under different Business Names. DBA Dot Roofing & Remodeling and DBA Brendal Roofing .Beware in hiring Estrada's Roofing
Stephens Roofing did a great job on my house did my house last week very professional recommended...
I contracted with Rolands to replace my patio cover roof. The crew was very professional, cleaned up each day and except for a minor scheduling glitch, the job was completed in two days. I'm sorry I did not contact Rolands initially for roof and gutter replacement and will certainly recommend them for anyone needing exterior home repair.
awesome job, roof came out perfect, workers very professional, clean up everything , good price, great to deal with, would use again and recommend to anyone,
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.