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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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Amazing service, thank you!
Redid the water desk she and gutters on the house after rains last year. Hope illy it will help keep water away from house. Fair prices when compared.
Worked with constructiin specialist a year ago to add on a bathroom and couldn't be happier. It took a bit longer than expected, only downside.
Ty Is the best why choose the rest. He made my repairs fast and he did the job the right the first time no problems. This is a great auto body shop I'm just glad my car is going to be fixed by someone I trust.Thanks Ty
they did a great job on the corvette repair, perfect paint match and done when they said it would be. easy to deal with and would recommend this shop for body and paint repairs
We advice every body to stay away from this business and its owners Carolee Maranvile, we paid $41,130 for a steel building back in July 2013 and we stil have nothing. We hear nothing but excuses we are filing a law suite against this business and its bonds and owners for tuning a bogus company and breaching signed contract trying to run away with our money but they can't hide, we are taking them to the court and sending them to hell soon. Don't be a victim like the rest of us and use your brain people complain for a reason we wish we knew they were crooks from the begining
this place is a back yard dump they work in back of another business and clean grease off of truck right on the cement the epa needs to stop this guy painting outside and sanding outside useing toxic chemicals near my home it stinks like accelerator all the time
I have taken 3 vehicles in the last 4 years for major repairs and have been 100% satisfied with the finished product. The staff treats everyone very well. I have been to other body shopsIn the past, but will only recommend Crivello's because of their superb service and guarantee. BEST AUTO BODY/REPAIR SHOP, BAR NONE!
Do NOT do business with Pacific Outback Steel Buildings in Stockton, CA a distributor for Outback Steel Buildings. Regardless of whatever may be their reasoning, there is no excuse for the lack of customer service and delivery. We ordered and paid for our steel building on May 7, 2014 and to date have no delivery scheduled. When no communication from Pacific Outback Steel Buildings had occurred after four weeks (from a promised three week delivery) we inquired as to an update on our purchase. Instead of receiving an update we received a nasty email starting off with "since you complained...". The manufacturer in Woodland had a piece of equipment that had broken down (she failed to tell us this happened sometime in June). She stated this delayed our project (hmmm..three weeks from May 7 would have meant delivery before the first of June...I spy something wrong). Again we were told another four week delay, with no follow up communication. After patiently waiting we contacted Pacific Outback Steel Buildings to inquire with no change in update. Its been over three months with lack of communication and customer service, therefore we contacted Woodland Metal Sales, the manufacturer to learn the equipment breakage did not halt any building distributions and that our order was not released by the Pacific Outback Steel Buildings distributor. The equipment has been up and running as of 8/1/2014 and our order had still not been released. We received a telephone call from the headquarters for Outback Steel in Australia who is trying to get to the bottom of this however we still have no building in production, we have lost the use of equipment that had been loaned to us for the summer, our summer help to construct this building has now returned to schools and we are paying on our home equity line as well as storage fees costing us each month we are delayed. If we did not already have plans approved with the county, cement slab poured to specifications and electricity completed and signed off plus the $28K plus that we have already given her, we would purchase from another builder. WARNING: do not follow in our footsteps and order any type of building from this distributor or manufacturer! Visit Northern California BBB and look up Pacific Steel Buildings in Stockton, CA. There are 7 (now 8) complaints regarding receiving payment & extreme delays in delivery.
Summary:The short version is that I have paid Pacific Steel Buildings $12,823, and never received a building. I have filed a lawsuit in an effort to recover my payment. Several web sites include similar complaints from other customers, so this does not appear to be a unique occurrence.I highly recommend that consumers stay away from this business, and find another steel building vendor.Details:After continual delays, countless excuses and poor communication, my building was still not delivered more than a year after the required payment.I submitted very clear, well defined and dimensioned illustrations of all four side elevations, as well as floor and roof plans. More than once, PSB design drawings were returned with errors (end-walls reversed, light panels incorrect, doors and windows misplaced, etc.). I replied with corrections and clarifications on numerous occasions.PSB has claimed various email-related problems on at least five occasions.When we originally designed our 20'x30' building in early 2011, it was for two specific purposes: primarily to provide shop space and general storage; additionally, it would serve as a temporary living space for approximately one year during construction of a new home on the property.Initially, the new house was designed and sited in such a way that it required the removal of the existing mobile home where we currently live. When the Pacific Steel Building (PSB) contract was signed in May 2011 (first 25% paid), we anticipated the building would be erected by or before summer 2012 at the latest, in time for us to move in before construction began later in the fall. At the time, this seemed like a reasonable expectation. We had the slab for the building poured in October 2011.Over the first several months, there were repeated delays in completing the design and plans for the building. These were apparently caused by difficulties with a new design software application implemented by Outback Buildings Inc. (the CEO of Outback later told me that he was "not aware of any great delays due to the change in software.").To initiate the building order, I sent the second payment (next 50% paid) in Nov 2011. It became apparent that we would not have the metal building erected prior to the anticipated construction date. However, we were able to shift the site of the new home enough to let us continue to occupy the existing mobile home during construction.Because of this delay in receiving the building, we would no longer need it as a temporary residence; as a result, we no longer needed the 13' high walls that were originally designed to accommodate a loft space.Since the building had not yet been sent to the manufacturer, in June 2012 we requested to have the wall height reduced from 13' to 10'.This understandably required an adjustment in the cost and contract, as well as a delay of several months (June-Dec 2012) to have the plans reengineered, then reviewed by the county planner.In Jan 2013 I was told, "I'll send them the information so they can order the building."After no further communication for six weeks, I emailed asking for the status of the building. Responses were vague and confusing, although I was told "...I am trying to pay at this point it should be about 3-4 weeks. But I have to come up with the rest of the money."From that point forward, it was apparent that PSB simply did not have the funds to have our building manufactured. We attempted work with Outback Buildings over several weeks to resolve the issue, but ultimately nothing came of it.Our relationship with PSB concluded in January 2014 with a lawsuit in an attempt to recover the amount paid.
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.