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.
7627 Fm 775La Vernia, TX 78121
Kudos to Cowboy for the excellent job on our pool and back patio. We just love it and are thrilled to have family and friends over to enjoy. Be ready for those phone calls too..They all love our pool, amazing deal .. Can't thank you enough ..
Serving the San Antonio Area.
I had a great experience with the sales rep Aaron and his manager Chris. They are some of the best customer service agents I have ever dealt with. I…
Serving the San Antonio Area.
From Business: Commercial and Residential services available Tile and grout cleaning, vent-hood cleaning,house/office cleaning,building maintenance,construction clean up,pressure washing,window cleaning,pre listing preparation,floor finish and sealers,carpet steem cleaning.
1610 N Interstate 35San Antonio, TX 78208
Requested make ready for house sale, advised $300 to clean baseboards etc.three guys showed up two hours late, and did two hours work. Only one guy really worked, he cleaned the oven, and bathtubs. I found I still needed to clean the baseboards and blinds.I should have had them stay and do a g…
3918 Naco Perrin Blvd Ste 101San Antonio, TX 78217
I live in the Residences at La Cantera and I have been using this company for two years now. I travel out of town a lot and still have my scheduled cleanings done while I'm out of town. Never has anything gone missing or issues of that sort have occurred. Along with great service and stellar cle…
15303 TradesmanSan Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: Allegiance Environmental Services is your source for professional, eco-friendly cleaning - healthcare environmental services, commercial janitorial, construction cleaning and specialized floor care.
8840 Timber PathSan Antonio, TX 78250
they were the best cleaners ive had, they shouldve been called O>C>D> cleaners..Lol,michelle and her guys really have an eye for detail and know the true meaning of customer satisfaction. Great Job PPL,will have yall back
11843 BraesviewSan Antonio, TX 78213
From Business: 100% Professional, Trust worthy, Time tested. Kinsey Perry has been in the cleaning business all her life. A business passed down from generation to generation in her family. Every single cleaning staff member represents KinseyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time tested and professional cleaning manner. Your home is important to you, there for …
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
The entire project was pleasant and I would prefer this company to anyone. They kept their schedule and I liked the price
Davila is spot on! There was a huge power surge that destroyed most of my electronics the other day. I call Davila and he quickly fixed all known and unknown issues in my home. Im so happy that I call him. His price for the repair is very reasonable compared to the other companies that I call. So happy that I made the right choice!!
Complete new tile job in the living and kitchen area along with bathroom renovation. Very pleased with the outcome of the work and the tile looks amazing. The crew worked very hard and were professional and clean. I'd hire this company again.
New Floors look great, now awaiting the move in of my furniture. I will recommend this company to anyone that needs flooring or painting work. Thanks again.
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If you are looking for gardening store, I can recommend this place due to the fact that I have been here already and seen how they do their service.
After having plenty of headaches with remodeling contractors in San Antonio, I was lucky to find Structure Builders. I hired Rudy and his team to add a covered porch off the back of my home and the entire process went exactly as it should. His carpenters clearly knew what they were doing and recommended some simple upgrades to my design. They showed up everyday and often worked until dark. Best of all, their bid was more affordable than most others and there was no wrangling over unexpected costs along the way. Rudy runs a tight ship and pays for good talent that can handle most any type of construction. My new porch looks great. I was impressed and will recommend them to my neighbors without hesitation.
They were referred by my insurance company to handle a water softener leaking into my garage and laundry room. Pedro was quick to respond. Repairs are coming along and should have my garage and laundry room back to normal soon.
Timely, efficient, courteous, professionalComments: Enjoyed working with this crew. They were all great people and efficient as well as very polite and professional. Showed up when they said they would. Highly recommend this company for your needs. If needed in the future would use again.Sandi F. San Antonio, Texas
2 Months ago, the master bathroom toilet overflooded. My bathroom was flooded with waste water. Alltech Restoration came, and they removed all the nasty water, dried, sanitized and repaired all the damage. Ilie and his guys were very professional. Lorie S. New Braunfels TexasLorie Smith
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.