Color Works does a great job when they send the right crew. We contracted them to paint our living room and kitchen. The estimated time to complete the job was 2 days, however due to humid weather conditions, the paint had difficulty drying in the estimated time. On the third day, a different set of painters showed up to finish the job and unfortunately the quality of work did not match the level of skill that the initial crew displayed on the first 2 days. As a result, the initial crew had to come back and clean up after the sub-par crew, which took an additional 2 days of work. (I'd like to point out that the workmanship of the initial crew was phenomenal. Specifically George and Robin, they are good, trustworthy guys who work very hard to produce a great result.) Now, in all fairness, anyone who had already paid a decent amount of money for a job that took three times as long to complete as originally estimated would undoubtedly be frustrated. However, Color Works took responsibility for the mistakes made and lived up to their warranty. They offered to paint our hallway free of charge, which was in fact completed within a day, as well as patch any spots that we noticed in the living room and kitchen going forward. All in all, I would say that they do good work and are a solid choice but are in need of dedicated supervision. The supervisor is understanding and responsive, however if the quality between crews lacks consistency, the vision of the final product gets lost in translation. This could have been mitigated simply by having one person oversee the job from start to finish. My recommendation is twofold: 1. If you're contracting Color Works, be sure to be very specific about the full scope of the job so that you get an accurate time to completion. 2. Ask that the crew remain the same between days so that everyone fully understands how the job is to be completed and what techniques are best utilized. (ex. sprayers vs rollers
10226 John Cape RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
Don't even bother calling this number. The lady that answers the phone is so rude and extremely unprofessional. She hung up on me when I called in, and refused to let me speak with a supervisor. It's amazing how poorly they treat their employees.
310 S Saint Marys St Ste 2100San Antonio, TX 78205
From Business: Established in 1924, Zachry Construction Corporation is a privately owned construction and industrial maintenance service company. The company offers design/build and project management services. It operates several construction businesses that are involved in cement, aggregate and ready-mix concrete manufacturing and prop…
San Antonio, TX 78245
From Business: We offer a general Contracting service that is 2nd to none when it comes to quality. We can do bathroom tile enclosures from the shower valve tub replacement to tile and trim kit. We are a small company consisting of a former Marine and Navy Vet. We are honest and realistic. We can Pressure wash, clear clogs, carpentry, si…
5416 Schertz RdSan Antonio, TX 78233
From Business: E I B Contractors are a Commercial General Contractor Specializing in Finish Out. E I B Has Done a Wide Variety of Projects Ranging From 400 sq. Ft. Spaces Up to 40,000 Sq. Ft. The Types of Jobs We Have Completed Include: *Food Court *Women's Clothing *Hair Salons *Cosmetics *Specialty Gift *Jewelry *Entertainment *Full Se…
246 W Josephine StSan Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: Flasher Equipment, established in 1956, is a locally owned and operated barricade company. It sells and rents a line of National Cooperative Highway Research Program-compliant barricades and warning lights. It also provides a range of traffic control and safety products, such as signages, pavement markers, electronic messa…
23. Davila Electric
Very pleased with recent service. Good customer service, quick response, & very knowledgeable and professional. I was very pleased with their reasonable charge. I definitely recommend using Davila and plan to call them again the next time I have an electrical issue.
5602 Randolph Blvd Ste 2San Antonio, TX 78233
From Business: B and E is a full service General Contracting and Restoration Company. We are capable of everything from minor repairs to major additions to your home or office. B and E Contractors was established in January of 1990 by Kevin Bisang and Rick Ehninger, hence the name B and E. Both Kevin and Rick started in the construction …
6531 Fm 78 Ste 110-220San Antonio, TX 78244
From Business: Are you looking for new ideas to match your home improvement vision? Greater Texas Remodeling is here for you. With over 25 years of experience in the business, the quality of our services is outstanding. We work hard to ensure that clients have the same smile on their face when we're done that they did when they hired us.…
703 Oak DrBlanco, TX 78606
From Business: Formed in 1987, Texas Super Septic is led by Doug Dowlearn, R.S., a Registered Professional Sanitarian in the state of Texas. His firm routinely designs, permits, and/or installs approximately 200 septic installations per year throughout the San Antonio / Austin / Hill Country area. Besides septic design, Texas Super Septi…
RE: Cafeteria worker in charge. I like the school curriculum but the lady who serves the children in the cafeteria is rude and heartless with certain little kids. My five year old missed the trash can and spilled his juice on the floor. He had a paper thin napkin in his hand and went to wipe the spill up getting hands all soiled, wet and sticky while trying to clean it. I asked the cook/ cafeteria manager -whatever her useless title is, about why she was just standing there watching him (mind you, there were only three kids in the room eating and she wasn't serving at the time). Her reply, "he needs to be responsible and take care of it himself." Are you kidding me? This cafeteria person should be reprimanded or discharge for making a little child clean a mess with a tiny paper thin napkin that breaks apart with one wipe, not to mention that she was not making any attempt to help clean up the spill. This shows the character of this worker and I am concern with my child's wellbeing around her. Obviously, either she goes or my child. Getting the rediculous excuses from the office make me certain it will be my child.
OMG! OMG! You have no idea how refreshing it was to walk into a model home and not hear the word upgrade, upgrade, upgrade! So many standard features that we didn't have to upgrade. The best simply the best. Sivage was the first builder we went to that we felt like we got everything we wanted in our home. We built a home 10 years ago with Pulte and had so many problems. This time we found the perfect home. We built our home in Talise De Culebra and our sales person James was simply amazing! He genuinely cared about my families needs. As soon as we walked in he greeted my husband/kiddos and made us feel at home helping us find the right home plan. 1800 sq ft was getting a little cramped for my husband and 3 kids LOL! So we were looking for 2500 sq ft w/ 4bdr, 3bath master down or larger and under 250 K. James showed us all the custom changes we could make on our plan taking our home plan from 2600 sq ft to 2900 sq ft and givng us 4bdr master down, 3 1/2 bath and a mother-in law suite. A much more professional and enjoyable experience this time around! We are blessed to be in our DREAM HOME!
Working with TX Relocation Experts was wonderful! Moving nonetheless relocating into a new city is stressfull enough. Since I wasnt familiar with San Antonio I stayed in a hotel for 2 mo. before committing to a new home. TX Relocation Experts truly are experts in their field! They listened & made note to my needs & my "want list", the best thing was that they delivered! They found my new apartment with all the amenities to call it home! I love them and my new place! They are extremely professional & knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help! I'd refer them to anyone looking for a new place in the San Antonio area. PLUS...they know of all the best incentives and move-in specials in town! THANK YOU TEXAS RELOCATION EXPERTS!!!
I have to agree with the last two. Over the last 20+ years, we have chosen to repeatedly use Don Harris Enterprises for multiple projects. Don was ALWAYS responsive to any and all of our needs, going the extra mile to make sure we were happy. He is a pleasure to deal with, as are the subs he contracts with, and is always upfront and honest with any issues that arise. I have absolutely no problem reccommending him to any of my friends or family as the best choice in any home or business construction projects they may need. From my experiences with him, I can only conclude this: for someone to have a bad experience with Don Harris Enterprises, it couldn't of been Don Harris at all, but more likely from something they caused on their own.
To whom it may concern: I want to take this opportunity to extol and praise the extraordinarily professional work Mr. Nagel has accomplished for me on a number of occasions. It is rare to find such high quality craftsmanship together with an impeachable lofty ethical personality in our nation today. I have been in a position to observe precisely these attributes in Mr. Nagel and his select team of competent co-workers for a number of years. I have every reason to applaud the performance of Mr. Nagel and, with every fiber of my being, to recommend the remarkable quality of his workmanship to whomever may inquire. If I may be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
"It's been said many times that"the proof is in the pudding" when it comes to describing something that does or does not work. This month,we're completing the fifth year of living in our Design Tech Home. I can say with all confidence that the home you built for us back in 2011 is performing just as good as the day we moved in. the construction, the mechanical and the finishing touches have all served us well over the five years and constantly produce favorable comment from neighbors and friends. Thank you all again for the excellent work you and DTH team did for us. We highly recommend your services to anyone to build a home that will last a lifetime!"
WE LOVE OUR NEW SIVAGE HOME!!! My wife and I looked at purchasing a home with several different builders in price range of 170's to 230's. After many months of searching we found Sivage homes. We chose Sivage because of all the included features (granite, tile flooring, blinds, etc.) and options they allowed on the home. They allowed us to make structrual changes to the home that other builders would not. Our sales person was great from begining to the end. There were some issues at their design gallery but all and all a pleasent experince. We have now been in our home for a year and have zero issues we love our home!!!
Our first time going to Bucaneros and it was a wonderful experience. Let me start with Fabio our server he was so helpful with menu questions,so attentive and a complete gentlemen. So refreshing to find anywhere. What can I say about the food other than excellent. We have not had ceviche of this level since living in miami,so fresh,such flavor no question the best in SA. The batter on the fried shrimp was devine. We brought ceviche back to the rest of the family, rest assured you gained 5 new patrons probably more after sharing our experience with other friends and family.
We used Eddie Real GCS to remodel our house back in nov 07. We wanted new carpets upstairs, woodflooring in living, dining and entry, and tile in the kitchen,bathroom floors and shower stalls. They also did our countertops and painted the entire inside of the house. They did all this for less than other places where trying to charge without countertops or paint. Everyone was nice and always showed up when they were expected. It took a little over 2 weeks. And we are extremely HAPPY! I am glad they were reffered to us.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.