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.
230 Rufe Snow DrKeller, TX 76248
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8941 Coit Rd Ste 100Plano, TX 75024
5012 S Us Highway 75Denison, TX 75020
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800 W Arbrook BlvdArlington, TX 76015
I was hurt at work and had been to about 11 doctors who said I had some problems but they couldn't help me. I was recommended to Dr. Rosenstein by a client of my husband's. I made an appointment, came in and heard the words I hadn't heard before. We can definitely help you. Tears rolled down…
4100 W 15th StPlano, TX 75093
From Business: Dermatologists are physicians (medical doctors) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin and its appendages. There are medical and surgical sides to the specialty. Dermatologic surgeons practice skin cancer surgery and removal of growths and lesions. Dermatologists also diagnose and treat people …
5016 S Us Highway 75Denison, TX 75020
From Business: Texoma Medical Center (TMC) is an acute care hospital with a medical staff of more than 200 physicians. The main campus is located in Denison, Texas, approximately one hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and just south of the Texas/Oklahoma border. In addition, Texoma Medical center operates a number of locations…
4521 Medical Center DrMckinney, TX 75069
From Business: We welcome you to the office of Camille A. Graham, M.D., M.P.H., Neil M. Vora, M.D., Wha-Joon Lee, M.D., Ph. D. and Michael Wiebel, M.D.. We appreciate your selection of this office to serve your health care needs. We will do all we can to provide you the very best of care. Our office is operated on the principle that the …
3333 Colorado BlvdDenton, TX 76210
I have been using Dr Fazio since 2001, he is outstanding in cardio intervention. He and his staff have always treated me and my family with utmost respect in regards to my heart health. I would highly recommend Denton Heart Group and Dr Gary Fazio to anyone.
107 Suncreek DrAllen, TX 75013
My son had a lot of issues, stemming from no Dental Insurance. The entire staff treated him like the most important customer. They also had a great understanding of our financial issues, and came up with a plan. The technician who took care of him was outstanding, and I forgot her name. So sorry…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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Dr Laing is nice it takes about 2hrs in waiting room and another hour to 30 mins once you been placed in room! Lady at front is nice! This office is extremely hard to get ahold of most the time you get a answering machine and the lady that takes vitals and ask questions for doctor I don’t think she has a nursing license she doesn’t know medications and not really friendly
Dr Deborah Fisher is great however the staff is not so much. The two times I questioned concerns I had they gave my problems. The 1st time they just made my life more difficult for a few months and made me feel like they were looking for an excuse to drop me. The 2nd time, a life threatening mistake that scared me, they gave me no options to get the mistake corrected. I couldn’t speak to my doctor, my regular pa that I had seen the day before or make an appointment sooner than a month. Then they dropped me as a patient. Worst of all, the doctor put in an implant in my back which doesn’t work and I can’t get it out. After several attempts to make arrangements to have it removed, including being hung up on and no return calls I’m forced to pursue legal actions! It’s sad that an office manager is responsible for dealing with medical malpractice issues!
Great Doctor! I did not feel rushed, and I have in the past with other doctors. Would recommend to anyone.
everyone very nice and helpful i was in and out real quickly i rate it a very good place to go for medical care
I will not return to see this dr. Office I got diabetes and need my medicine to control it but he wouldn't renew it unless i pay $160 for blood work that i don't have.
Receptionist is extremely rude! When I call to set up an appointment I do not want someone treating me like this. Horrible customer service.
They are very wonderful here. If I had a problem or concern all I had to do is call. I have recommend them to everyone and would use them again in a heart beat.
Very caring and knowledgeable physician. He often runs late, due to he spends a lot of time with each patient. You will never leave with questions. He has the best Nurse Practitioners in his group that I have ever seen. They all are so sweet, and such a great asset to his office. I do not mind if I have to see any of them, but if I ask for a visit with Dr Craig, they always are able to fit me in on his schedule! His nursing and front staff are all like part of our family. A+++ Doctor office!!
I love Dr. Gleason. He helped me for several years. He listens well and doesn't have a bubbly personality, but he is professional and your information is safe with him. I trusted his treatment with seizure medications that worked great for me once we got my dosage tweaked. He's worth the wait. I would say for adults only.
I love Dr. Cutler! He and his staff are always caring and professional, and they know what they are doing. Dr. Cutler always listens to any concerns I might have and he and his staff make sure that they are all addressed. I always recommend him to all of my friends and family!
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.