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.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Mr.Angel remodeled my house last month,he did an amazing Job installing cabinets in my kitchen and the tile on my two bathrooms. The wood was of excellent quality and the labour was of good quality and reliable in price. Would recomend to anyone in Sanford
I had a terrible experience today with Dy. She is a black woman in her thirties probably and I went to the Smartstyle inside the Walmart in S Orlando Dr. in Sanford. I wanted to get a haircut and flat iron. When I asked the price Dy told me it would be 27. for the style and 12.97 for the cut because my hair was clean. I told her that that was more than what she charged me last time for the flat ironing. I told her she charged me around $20. She checked in the computer and there was another employee behind her. She said last time she charged me that amount because it was only a blow dry. I told her she flat ironed my hair! I said it doesn’t matter, I can do the flat ironing myself at home and that I would just do the haircut today. She sat me and she was cursing talking about another employee saying that employee should “#ucking” work at night. Then when we were alone she said that I made her look bad in front of the supervisor and she didn’t want her supervisor to think she was changing prices and sh#t. I told her that I don’t like the cursing. She stopped cursing. I guess she had charged me less the time I went in October but I didn’t know it at the time. I think she got a little ticked off because I probably made her look bad in front of her supervisor today (it was not my intention). I told her I wanted my hair cut to the base of my neck. When she was finished, my heart sank, she had cut at shin length! I told her she cut it the wrong length. She said my hair is dry and has curl and makes it look shorter but even when I pulled down on my hair I could tell she cut it the wrong length. I didn’t make a stink and I even gave her a $1.00 tip that she didn’t deserve. Last time I had come around October, I had tipped her $5 in cash for flat ironing my hair. I hate the haircut I got today and I went straight to a wig shop and bought a wig that ill wear until my hair grows longer. I straight ironed my hair at home. My right side is one inch shorter than my left side and there are some stray hairs that are longer than my right side and my left side. BTW, I asked her for an even simple cut so everything should had been even. My hair so short that I don’t even want to go back for them to cut an inch of the left so is even with the right. Dy was very unprofessional today. I regret trusting that woman with my hair today. I don’t know if ill ever go back to SmartStyle Hair Salon but I definitely know ill never have Dy touch my hair.
I’ve been a customer at Fantastic Sams for almost 15 years now. Everyone is friendly and professional. Prices are reasonable and very nice products. I would highly recommend Fantastic Sams, for cuts, eyebrows, highlights and color. They serve the whole family. Everything you need right in one place. Give them a try. You won’t regret it.
I have been going to Fantastic Sams for over 8 years. My hair stylist is Minda. She is very nice sociable and talented with my hair style. Some times (not often) I can't wait for a trim and I attempt to do it my self. Minda is always able to fix it. Sometimes I wish I could take her on vacation with me.Going to get my hair done once a week is a very pleasent experience. I would highly recommend for people to try Fantastic Sams's in Sanford, all the girls are very good and plessent.
This company knows nothing about construction, there business name is a joke nothing about them is performance, the owner is a liar, doesn't play contractors for work performed. Expects subcontractors to manage his sites and blames his poor skills and poor management on the sub. DO NOT WORK FOR THEM NOR HIRE THEM it will cost you in the end.
Stylists beware !!! Don't ever go to work for this location they have a very rude manager that treats you like your in beauty school and watches your every move . Be prepared to work weekends an nights .
Like all... it's hit or miss. They did a great job on my oldest daughter's hair, but absolutey butchered my son's hair. (I thought boys hair was easier to cut?!?). WE ended up shaving the son's head. Thankfully, it wasn't my daughters!Note to users: If it's starting to go bad, don't let them try to fix it.
I went to go get my haircut at Fantastic Sams in Sanford after work. I only cut off an inch and trim my bangs. I had a coupon for $10.95, do I thought it was worth it since they usually charge $14. Well, I get to the counter to pay and the stylist shows the coupon to her manager and ask if its okay to use, mind you its still valid, then proceeds to ask her if she included the $5 extra for long hair. She said no, and then told me that I had to pay extra. I dont mind but then she got an attitude and said the "policy " has been to charge extra since Jan. She also has the nerve to put het hand in my face and say that I dont understand price increases! I told her I just spent $60 on highlights and a trim last month no extra. No customer service skills at all there. I have been going there since its close. My business lost.
There is not enough words to describe our horrific experience taking in our 3 year old daughter for her 1st haircut! My husband was turned off by the lack of professionalism and organization from the moment he called to confirm the appointment(Sunday, 2/15/2015) 20 mins prior. The person (Simone) eventually found our daughter on their log but was annoyed with us because she had trouble finding us. When we got there, it was the same person (she told us she remembers speaking to us on the phone) that had trouble again and would unfortunately be the one to end up cutting our child's hair! We gave her the benefit of the doubt but Simone had never once smiled at us, make eye contact, or attempted to make conversation what so ever! We were so uncomfortable that I noticed my husband and I making attempts to lighten the mood with nervous laughter and small talk, then standing well out of the way so she could focus on our daughter but she was not even compassionate to her either. It made us really upset because our daughter was the perfect little customer who sat still the whole time only to have this person senselessly hack away at her hair and with no regard to what we asked for. In hopes for her to be friendlier, we even had to remind her that this was our daughter's first haircut and we also wanted to make sure we will be receiving the "My 1st Haircut" certificate they promised and if she could save a lock of hair for us. Instead, I had to grab a piece of my daughters hair before it all ended up on the ground. On top of that, we had to run back in the salon after we left because she forgot to give us the certificate....Really??? Are we in a twilight zone?? Is this person real?? What else?? Our daughter had beautiful hair nearly down to her elbows but when we asked for a trim with specific instructions of cutting no more than 1 and a half inches, Simone chopped blunt random layers as high as chin length, randomly all over her head. I knew it went wrong from the first hack to the way she was cutting but it was too late. My normally out-spoken husband and I bit on our tongues for fear or ruining our daughter's experience too. Also, her hair was not blow dried fully so we did not see the extent of the damage until she woke up from her nap. All I wanted to do was hide her hair in a pony tail until I got over the shock. The only option to salvage this disaster was to cut her hair chin length but getting has to be a gradual process, trim by trim at a time because I was so traumatize. She would look good with any haircut to us (especially when she gets older) but in the remainder of her precious years, we had different plans for her and there are only so many looks left that we had envisioned for her. As of now of course she will always look cute to us but her new short hair definitely aged her to her already mature personality. I feel like she grew a year older overnight….that was what I was afraid of and definitely not what I was prepared for. Everyone who witnessed this incident with us was baffled as to how this person could've ever gotten her license to cut hair in the first place and even more so, how could any salon hire such a person. I've never felt the need to write a negative review until now in hopes to help others avoid the same heartache that we have had with taking our daughter here.
Fresh Food ,good services .for me the best mexican food in Sanford . oh the best Margaritas
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.