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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
1131 Ersel StreetSan Antonio, TX 78254
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1095 Ersel StreetSan Antonio, TX 78212
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12021 Nacogdoches RdSan Antonio, TX 78217
This is a great company to work for just do your job and things will be ok the owner has a heart of gold when it comes to his employees and their safety don't let your ego or stubberness get in your way like I did that cost me my job which I regret alot this is one bridge I wish I could rebuild
21750 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 102San Antonio, TX 78258
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1423 N Walnut Ave Ste 102New Braunfels, TX 78130
From Business: Established in 1978, The Medical Team Inc. is a diversified health care services company. Located in New Braunfels, Texas, the company offers various services, such as home health care services, specialty clinical care programs, private duty and personal care services, catastrophic care solutions, community care programs a…
2424 gold canyon drSan Antonio, TX 78259
The time Nobius cleaning spent here was appreciated. Our employees noticed the meticulous and thorough work they did, and had nothing but positive things to say. I’ve never seen them give such enthusiastic praise to any other company. We look forward to using Nobius on a regular overnight schedu…
3206 Clark AveSan Antonio, TX 78210
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 t…
10650 Culebrasan antonio, TX 78254
Professional and very courteous movers in san antonio i am so happy i called this moving company i called so many moving companies in san antonio and this was the best with awesome professional movers thank thou guys.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Hello Chas,I am expressing complete satisfaction for you and your crew. My neighborhood is being engulfed with Raspberry Ants. I live around 90 & 1604 and these ants are bad. Century has been working on my problem and has got the upper hand so far. Chas your guys are great and very hard work…
160 DolorosaSan Antonio, TX 78205
I'm not easily impressed. But the people from Lone Star have done what many have tried, and few have accomplished -- I'm actually taking time to write a favorable review, and of a moving company at that! Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming. \r \r The guys were so efficient and careful, and so very co…
15329 TradesmanSan Antonio, TX 78249
Pest Shield has been providing excellent services to us for many years. Joseph the technician just completed another superior and informative quarterly service at our home. Looking forward to seeing Joseph in May.
16018 University Oak Suite 102San Antonio, TX 78249
My Central A/C and heating of course would go out in our weird cool and hot, humid weather. MR ?/c and Mr plumber installed 2 units at a great price and came back several times to make sure everything was 100 percent operational. Brandon is A GReat Tech, plus Ally at the office always followed u…
7902 SE Loop 410San Antonio, TX 78223
I am writing this for someone close to me...Do not work for this company!Ill give some examples of how this company is from what i witnessed in my time there.I am a former employee that has worked with them for approximately a year! These people are so shady everyone in the office is behind a hi…
15440 TradesmanSan Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: Mission has been installing and servicing plumbing, air conditioning and heating systems of exceptionally high quality since 1956. We have the expertise to handle all of your mechanical system needs. We provide high quality installation and service at competitive costs. We are proud of our policy: do your absolute best to …
440 Menchaca StSan Antonio, TX 78207
My 30 year old house had some leaks the owner answered the phone we discussed the situation and set up an appointment for a estimate . We meet he listen to my concerns and provided a prompt and detailed quote the work went Smoothly workers started on time and finished on time My Roof is the Best…
12747 Cimarron PathSan Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: Our Business Is Built On A Reputation For Excellence Behind every Mueller and Wilson job stands decades of construction industry experience. Originally incorporated in 1949, Mueller and Wilson is well-known throughout South Texas for its emphasis on job quality, cost efficiency, business integrity, and dependability. Muell…
1113 E Houston StSan Antonio, TX 78205
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11326 N Interstate 35San Antonio, TX 78233
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Called RR for a clogged drain. They were professional and explained all charges prior. I asked about a bathroom drain reconfigure and he happily added it and did an amazing job. I am very happy with the work done! I would definitely call them again!
My toilet shut off valve had a leak so I called and within in a couple of hours they sent a plumber right out. Jose did an amazing job he had everything up and running within no time. He answered all my questions. I would definitely hire him again.
David S and Paul C arrived very promptly at our restaurant Bangkok 54 Thai Cuisine to remedy a serious drain blockage problem. They were very professional, courteous, and efficient. They clearly described the problem, quickly cleared it, verified that the line is completely clear through entire length. There was no interference with kitchen operations. The price was as stated, job well done, no complications. Based on this experience, I recommend Roto-Rooter to anyone, commercial or residential.
They came out on a Sunday and were very courteous and on time. The bill was exactly what they quoted us.
Do Not Recommend - Run Away!My home warranty company sent them out for a clogged pipe. After arriving after dark they did nothing more than walk around my property then slap me with a huge quote. To unclog my pipe they needed to do an additional "up to $1600" worth of stuff before they could to the unclogging part that my warranty covered.When I asked for a specific quote for the drain they wanted to install so that they could unclog the pipe I got the "up to $1600" but when I mentioned needing a water softener installed they quickly gave me a quote for the softener + the drain for $5600. When I expressed I didn't have that and needed to have the pipe fixed right then the quote went back to "they aren't sure on the specific rate & won't know until they get inside there" pitch.All in all, I paid $75 for nothing! I had been without the use of water with kids for 2 days and these guys did nothing. No customer service. Very unimpressive. I turned around the next day and called another plumber who came out same day and unclogged the pipe for TTL $180 and they were so kind and helpful. I would avoid this company at all costs.
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.
Top notch company! We won't use anyone else. They have the greatest employees that are extremely polite and easy to work with! Wayne Woods is the best! Thank You!
Poor customer service. First off 1st aid plumbing made a scheduling error. When we told them Fridays work best. They called on Thursday said they were coming out will be there at 10. I was heading to a doc appt and husband had was heading to work at 10. We wpuld have not made it for that day. Called and spoke with Christipher Tobar owner/sup. reschedule the soonest which was Wednesday Nov. 8th between 9:30 and 10:30. Nov 8th came no call between the time. I can a hour later went to vm and again left vm 2nd time. Call at little later from my father phone Chris answered said they will give me a call 30mins before coming. Wait and waited went to my doc appt @ 2pm. Still no call. Had hubby call no answer. I called before heading back home straight to vm. Got home called still no answer went to vm. Called from my mother's phone @ 3:30. Chris answered told him who I. He informed me it was going to be another hour. I told him ok I was just seeing if someone was still coming out today. He stated yes sounding frustrated with me and if I still wanted someone to come out today. I told him yes he said ok it will be another hour. I said Ok was just makong sure of someone was coming today. He if I wanted to reschedule. I said noO was just making sure someone was coming out today. He was frustrated and told me you know what there no availability today, call your insurance and tell them you need someone else to come out. Was shock on how poorly Christopher Tobar handle himself unprofessionally. I just want to make sure that someone was coming out today Nov. 8th,2017 because I am schedule to go into labor tomorrow Nov. 9th, 2017 with my first child. Wanted this leaking pipe to be fix before we welcome a newborn home due to have to turn on/off from the main source. Once again poor customer service a courtesy call would have been nice saying they are running behind schedule.
I discovered a water leak at my house after normal business hours. Roto Rooter's water restoration division had a representative at my house within 45 minutes of me calling them, and then had a crew start the water damage mitigation process within 1.5 hrs after my initial phone call. The entire process took 6 days, and I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and promptness exhibited by their technicians.
Everyone was so helpful and got the job done. I would definitely recommend them and use them again if needed.
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.