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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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No stars! I can't believe it's been five years and I am STILL finding defects in Jon Jolley's work!! Aside from leaving my rental property a mess, taking two weeks beyond HIS estimated completion date, failing to adequately supervise and complete the project and subsequently having to re-install wood flooring on the stairs, I am now finding that the shower insert was so improperly installed that the entire thing has to be removed and replaced since he did not put ANY BACKING behind it. It's been flimsy and leaking water from the beginning! When I first called him out about a leak that penetrated the floor beneath it causing damage to the ceiling below, he blamed it on my tenants not using the plumbing fixtures properly. He also used FLAT PAINT in that bathroom that we repeatedly complained was accumulating mildew and he, again, blamed the tenants for not opening the window and turning on the ceiling fan. He's the one that was supposed to have SOLVED our problem - not blame others for his failed solutions. If I had the time and patience to give him the opportunity to remedy his faulty work, I might not be upset enough to make this post. But I don't have time for his lackadaisical work mode and all of the imminent call backs that he resents so much - apparently, its annoying to him to have to go back a fix what he did wrong to begin with.Jon’s website is very misleading – it makes the company out to be a big company with lots of “experts” but the contractor’s license board says no work comp insurance is require because he has no employees. I’m going with CSLB on this one…
Phil really knows his stuff and is as honest as they come! We had 2 bathrooms that both had extensive dry rot in the bathrooms which went all the way to the framing, sub floors floor joists and drywall caused by undetected leaks behind the tile in the showers.Phil and his assistant Jose are pleasant to work with, very personable and will go out of their way to explain your options and explain everything in a way that you can understand. Phil is concerned about your needs, your budget and your satisfaction. He always does everything in a high quality manner so it will stand the test of time!Thanks Phil!
Someone ran into the back of our car in a medical parking garage 2/13/17. (new 2016 Nissan Sentra - Mitch Riedel/Jim Bone Nissan referred us to Pedro/101 Auto Body) He gave us a quote, we took the car in on the 14th. they drove us home. They delivered the car on the 15th. GREAT job. Wonderful employees. If needed again, I will call them again. Thank you,Ron& Judy
Best auto body repairs in Sonoma co. The owner does the actual repairs so you know that the repairs were done right. John never let's the car leave the shop until je is happy with the repairs.
Brought my 2016 Kia in for mild body damage repair on a Tuesday and by Friday I was driving out with what looked like a New Car! Looks Better then New! They even washed it, cleaned inside and Armoralled the interior! Who could ask for anything more! Proffesional and freindly. If you need any type of body work, you are nutts if you do not take it to Clines! You won't be sorry! Best Body Shop in Sonoma County!
John does all the work and has been in the business for years with amazing experience. He is honest and cares about his customers. If you want your car in goods hand take it to John's Auto Body!
Guanella is the best auto body I have ever had. I was skeptical when I heard that they gave a 15% rebate to customers, but decided to check it out. I found an extremely clean and professional facility and their work was impeccable. Fantastic place.
Last year I was recommended by a BMW mechanic to contact Bryan to get my job done. He told me so many good things about Auto Body & More that I began to doubt. Well, I am glad I went there because, since that day Autobody & More became the place where I go every time I need.Since my first time there, they always dealt with the Insurance Company and rent a car if needed. All with high end results.I recommend to anyone who needs any type of auto body work.Great service and amazing attendance!Once again, thank you guys!Nuno
Super, top-notch work was done on my car. They are up-front, kind, knowledgeable, and extremely good at what they do. Each person I dealt with at AutoBody and More went above and beyond to help in so many aspects of the inconvenience of my car needing body work... and that meant a lot because I'm from out-of-state (Nebraska)! The complex fix on my car turned out perfect!!! It looks great!!! Very happy with the work and the experience!!!
First class group with old school values! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a business that is going to be super detailed and thorough with your vehicle as if it were their own. Bryan is a stand up business owner, a man of his word, no guess work or shady dealings; you know exactly what is going on with your vehicle at all times. He and his staff went out of their way to help me and work with me. Bryan made sure to keep in touch with me and my insurance agency so that everyone was in the loop. He emailed me pictures of my truck so I could see the progress and encouraged me to stop by anytime I wanted to check on it. I have a 2003 Chevy HD 1500 lifted truck and it looks brand new now, better than it was when I bought it! They did an absolutely beautiful job. Everyone at Autobody And More are professional and definitely know what they are doing AND they are super honest and up front. I can’t say enough good things about them and if I need anything in the future they have my business!
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.