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.
24627 Interstate 45Spring, TX 77380
I have had a lot of flooring replaced in the past, and this company really stands out. I had a difficult project for them, existing hardwood to be matched (and no records to help identify it) and an odd angle to follow with the wood. All handled without a hitch. Not only did get beautiful work …
9421 Fm 2920 Rd Bldg 17aTomball, TX 77375
1st Choice Roofing has excellent customer service. The work completed by 1st Choice Roofing was completed on time and as requested. All of my questions and requests via text message and email were answered promptly and completely. I will definitely use 1st Choice Roofing in the future.
28341 State Highway 249 Ste 100Tomball, TX 77375
My husband and I decided it was time to do a major overhaul on our home: HardiPlank siding, new windows, new front door, and the entire interior (including the ceiling) repainted. We figured it would be weeks of torture, trying to get everything figured out and done because we've heard so many …
23020 Mossy Oaks RdSpring, TX 77389
Tony Lux and Phase One Roofing delivered on everything they promised. Tony Lux got my insurance company to pay for my new roof and it looks great. Honest, dependable, and the roof was done in one day. Recommend to anyone!
1023 N Houston AveHumble, TX 77338
From Business: Established in 1996, DT Construction LP performs commercial construction projects as a prime contractor/general contractor. The company provides commercial construction services to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Its projects comprise schools, universities, hospitals, research facilities, utility buildin…
27309 Blueberry Hill DrConroe, TX 77385
From Business: Boone's Restoration Technologies, founded in 1991, cleans, restores and repairs buildings and contents that have been damaged by fires, smoke, water and mold. The company offers cleaning of textiles, such as carpets, rugs, upholstery, draperies and specialty items, such as air ducts and electronic equipment. Its cleaning a…
11115 Mills Rd Ste 116Cypress, TX 77429
From Business: Our team is equipped and ready to handle more than just your roofing services. You'll have our help in managing an entire construction site, work with vendors, contractors, and making sure the day-to-day duties are completed. Clear communication between the client and all involved on the project is always a goal. Before an…
1105 Northville StHouston, TX 77038
From Business: Welcome to Barnier Building Systems Inc.! rnrnBarnier Building Systems, Inc. is a full-service general contractor with the ability to provide quality general contracting services. You can do nothing great without a great team. We have completed many design/build projects including, but not limited to churches, schools, fac…
5222 Fm 1960 Rd W Suite 214Houston, TX 77069
3555 Rayford Rd Ste 60Spring, TX 77386
From Business: Our retail store is stocked with the nation’s top rated grills, accessories, fire features, outdoor furniture, outdoor appliances, lighting additions – everything you need to realize the full potential of your outdoor living space. Come see our work first hand to see why Creekstone is consistently exceeding client expectat…
24715 W Hardy RdSpring, TX 77373
From Business: ICI Construction is a diversified commercial general construction company. The general construction group has experience in office buildings, tilt wall office, warehouses, retail shopping centers, restaurants, multifamily, assisted living, senior retirement centers and hotels. The interior construction group specializes in…
147 Maple Branch StSpring, TX 77380
From Business: AAA Seamless Gutters & Construction is a family owned and operated company that specializes in creating a beautiful appearance and providing practical relief from the rain & water falling from your roof. No matter what the application: Commercial, Residential or Industrial we have a product to meet your need. We are Bonded…
18750 Interstate 45 N.Spring, TX 77373
From Business: Design Tech Homes, one of the largest, family-owned custom home builders in Texas, builds some of the finest homes in Houston, San Antonio, and the Austin Bastrop areas.
1715 Sawdust Rd Ste ESpring, TX 77380
From Business: ASAP cooling & heating has been in the business for over 25 years and We've been lucky enough to learn a thing or TWO over those years. Keeping YOU cool and warm is OUR goal!.
6700 Woodlands PkwySpring, TX 77382
From Business: The woodlands home repairs offers a wide variety of services for your home or business. Services offered are bathroom remodels. Kitchen remodels. Room additions. Custom decks. Flooring. Painting.
5327 Fm 1488 Rd Ste FMagnolia, TX 77354
Owner Built Custom Homes saved us over $50,000 in the construction of our dream home. I would have been stupid not to use these professionals after attending their 100% Free Building Classes, getting their Free Job Cost Estimate, and yes their Free Custom Home Plans!!! I will use them again in…
33300 Egypt Ln Ste L800Magnolia, TX 77354
From Business: From residential to commercial, we do it all. There's no job too big or too small for the professionals at Texas Engineered Roofing and General Contracting.From an owner’s standpoint, the roof is one of the most important components of their house or building. It protects everything inside from the harshest weather element…
Serving the Spring Area.
From Business: Professional carpenters and cabinetmakers. We specialize in interior build-out and kitchen renovation, trim, finish and specialty carpentry, including stairways. …
1314 W Riley Fuzzel RdSpring, TX 77373
Very unprofessional staff. From calling to make an appt to discuss building a home, to an incompetent salesperson (Amber Stephens). At the appt when we asked Amber the time frame for building a house we were told by Amber that it would take 10 month minimum, my husband voiced his opinion that …
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Frontier has impressive showroom and a wealth of floor plans for your choosing. Staff turnover seems quite high. We have had 3 different project managers after signing our contract. Process is slow but we are still hopeful. It's been 5 months they have not completed framing yet. Will post again after next stage
I dont know about this company specifically , but my car broke down over 120 miles from home and three men from this company tried to get my car started again. They were very polite, professional and offered me assistance when they did not have to do so!! If they are this kind to a stranger they aren't even working for, I have no doubt they are a great company to hire since they really care about people!,
The company is terrible and the boss is the RUDEST person ever!!!!First, the price jumped from the estimation of $75 to the final charge of $250 after service. The worst, the boss is the rudest person I have ever met. Seriously, she argue in a very rude tone and insult the customer on the phone. I was shocked by such behavior with high degree of unprofessionalism. Strongly not recommended!
Hired Mike to replace all the sheetrock in a bathroom which was destroyed by a hot water heater above. Quality of work is great, and he held 100% to the price he quoted just from seeing a couple pictures I sent from my phone. Also showed up on time both days he was out. Good to go.
Mike Sullivan purposely deceived me and completely ignored my instructions. He took advantage of my wife and gave her a contract that did not adhere to the scope of work I laid out in detail for him. He tried to patch up rotten boards and pass them off as replaced and repaired. None of the work he performed was correct or to industry standards. I had to pay another contractor to completely re do his work.
This Company did a great Job for us, concrete, landscaping and fencing!!!!! perfect guys! (THANKS) Mr. Jake
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.