YOU CALLED THE REST-NOW CALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!! I HAD DECKER BROS. BUILD TWO HUGE SHEDS FOR ME FROM SCRATCH. FROM THE CONCRETE FOUNDATION TO THE ROOF, TO THE ALLUMINUM SIDING TO THE CUSTOM SHELVES ,I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER . FROM THE BEGINING OF THIS PROJECT UNTILL THE END, I GOT EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED. RICHIE DECKER IS AN AMAZING CONTACTOR.. THE TALENT HE EXHIBITS IS UNBELIEVABLE. I AM SO IMPRESSED AND SATISFIED THAT I HAVE HIRED HIM TO REDO MY HOME WITH NEW WINDOWS AND ALLUMINUM SIDING. HE IS EXTREMELY FAIR WITH HIS PRICES AND WILL HELP YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY ,USING HIS EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE TO ASSIST YOU WITH MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS . HE WILL GIVE YOU HIS HONEST OPINION WITH YOUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART. . THE QUALITY OF HIS WORKMANSHIP IS BEYOND ANYTHING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. YOU WILL BE VERY SATISFIED WITH HIS QUALITY OF WORK..HE IS ON THE MARK WITH THE TIME FRAME IT WILL TAKE FOR THE JOB TO BE COMPLETED, HE IS PUNCTUAL AND VERY CONSIDERATE. AFTER THE JOB WAS DONE THE CLEAN UP WAS FANTASTIC. YOU WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW THEY HAD WORKED IN MY YARD THE WHOLE WEEK. I RECOMMEND THEM HIGHLY! LISA ROONEY ANNADALE STATEN ISLAND ,NY
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Staten Island Maintenance Corp., (SIMCO), was selected after interviewing several contractors for our project. We were very comfortable with Andrew, the owner, who was polite and professional. His integrity speaks for itself. His planning is careful and perfectly calculated. His presence and promptness every Monday-Friday, 7AM-3PM, is impressive. Our job entailed gutting and remodeling an attic and a basement. This included, two bedrooms, bathrooms, stairwells, tiling, electric and plumbing. At the close of each day, work areas were left organized and spotless. His helpful suggestions definitely enhanced the finished project. The entire project was completed in 5 weeks as agreed to. The finished job was an amazing transformation of a much needed renovation. I hope this review gives the reader a little insight into a very reliable company and a totally hands on owner. Andrew was in constant contact with me, as I was not present every day, and was available to speak to me and address any questions or concerns immediately. My family is 100% satisfied with our decision to choose SI Maintenance Corp. Yes we highly recommend you give Andrew a call and you will not be disappointed.
I am so glad I listened to my gut and called CityView regarding a deck. I had interviewed so many contractors, handymen, etc to put up a deck in my yard. I listened to all of them but was not comfortable with any of them to sign the contract. I was going to put it on the back burner when I just said that CityView would be my final call. Ahmed came to my home and listened to everything i wanted and went to examine my yard. he explained everything to me and then brought his architect over. we all got together and drew up plans that we were all very happy. Up until the last nail was hammered in, Ahmed made sure I was happy with the product we chose, the color, the end product. He was so understanding and knowledgeable. CityView may have been my last call before, but now they will be my first and only call. They were wonderful and I love my deck! oh and so my neighbors, :)
First off, I'm not a big review-online kinda guy...but as a designer myself and working with so many contractors over the last 15 years, I must say CVH never, ever shies away from anything that I conjure up - whether using reclaimed wood from eBay, building onsite because it's too custom, or something they've never done before - their work is always excellent, on time, and leaves me very happy. No one has more right to review them, as they did a full gut-renovation down to the beams reno on my home. There are 250 ways you can screw up a project as involved as mine - but they nailed it. You can leave them in your house with trust, which for me - is a huge deal. Pros, start to finish. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
We have used Decker Brothers for several home renovation projects. Rich and his team recently renovated our bathroom. He and his team are extreme professionals. He worked within my budget, finished the work on time and have not encountered any issues. Most importantly, the quality of work was beyond our expectations! Unlike many contractors, Rich was very responsive, called back immediately and was very easy to work with. He is a contractor who was on my side and understood my needs. I also had him construct our garage, and we could not be happier with the quality of his work. I highly recommend Decker Bros. for any renovation project. He is first on our list whenever we have a construction project.
From the initial in-home consultation to the finished installation, everything was done very professionally. We had City View Homes Corp build us three new closets, using the best materials, at a very reasonable cost. Working with Mohammed and his carpenter was a pleasure. They arrived on time to our house, made quick and precise measurements of our somewhat oddly shaped closets. We discussed options that would work well for the space, along with material and color options. A few days later, we had custom closets which exceeded our expectations. Our closet looks twice as big as they did before, the space is more functional and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, CVH! AnnMarie Seminara
I've had many contractors performing some type of work in my current and past homes but have never received the quality workmanship and dependability as I received from Lino���s Home Improvements. They are well experienced and know how to complete a project with the highest quality. This contactor actually returns your phone calls, arrives on time every time, and gives you more than what you even expected. Thank you for renovating my basement Lino���s and for the excellent experience. My family and I enjoy it every day. Great work!!! I will definitely call you in the future and tell all my friends about the great experience you gave me...
We found this company right here in YP and it was the best possible find. We had interviewed several other renovators and were not impressed, as soon as the Owner of City View walked into our office we knew we found the right company. He helped us from design concept, to advising on a ways to achieve our budget goals. The most honest work people, we gave them our key and never worried for a moment. The end result was better than I imagined , every patient who walks in is amazed. I will use this company for every future project.
We just want to tell anyone who considers hiring Arkham to feel confident in your choice. We had a fire in our home and they worked diligently and performed a magnificent transformation to our home. They consulted with us and always provided flawless results. Billy is a true professional and throughout the process addressed many issues that we never even considered. His staff is also dependable and trustworthy. It was a pleasure to have them in our home and would only consider Arkham in the future.
My wife and I hired George to build an extension on our house and was extremely pleased with the level of professionalism him and his team brought to the work cite. He gave us an estimate that beat all other offers, was patient to our needs and suggestions, and was on time everyday. I am definitely pleased with the outcome of the job George has done for us, we constantly get compliments and recommend Tower George and his crew for any job especially if you want it done right.
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.