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.
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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Went there for a bad case of diverticulitis. I saw Dr Bland and her NP they seemed unconcerned about the pain I was in. They were only concerned about not prescribing pain meds. They made me feel as though I was a drug addict off the street, then sent me home to suffer with pain. When I complained they looked as though they were bothered with having to sit and listen to me. They seemed judgmental and condescending, I thought Drs were there to help people... not these two. They didn’t have a issue taking my copay for services not rendered though. Don’t go here unless it’s absolutely necessary and be ready to get little help.
Worst Urgent Care we have ever visited. Tim Kearns, PA in particular is incompetent. He prescribed azithromycin for my daughter and when we expressed concerns about potential side effects and requested a different antibiotic for an ear infection, he refused to give us something different. We asked to see the other provider on staff at the time and were denied to see anyone else. He told us that he was unaware of any side effects with azithromycin and it was the same as a cephalosporin. The FDA website warns of potentially deadly heart arrhythmias with azithromycin and the fact that he was completely "unaware of any side effects" is pretty scary. The American Academy of Pediatrics specifically does not recommend azithromycin for a pediatric ear infection. I expect a provider I go to have knowledge of the medications they prescribe. Front desk staff was rude as well. Go anywhere but here.
I have been to this salon three different times and had three different ladies, and I have been exceptionally happy with all three! Very happy!
Took my daughter there for high fever. Called before bringing her and asked if I came there then I would take her to hospital if needed. They said yes that would be fine. Got there and when they took her temperature it was very very high. While in room waiting for the doctors results a staff member was talking about my decision to bring my daughter there. Her name was jaclynn. The look she came me when I took my daughter to the rest room was awful. She had no business discussing my decision to bring my daughter there to other staff or even talking about me. Very unprofessional. She was not even the doctor seeing my daughter. When is it ok to to talk about patience behind their back or even having a discussion with others that are not treating my daughter. What about patient confidentiality? Very disappointed.then before we received results we had another person asking us to give up the room and wait in lobby before doctor was even done with us. Told the doc what we heard being discussed and it seemed like nothing new. The doctor who saw is was very good and saw nothing wrong with us coming there first.
I had a 9:00am appointment with a stylist and when I got to the salon there was a sign on the door advising they would open at noon. I understand things happen, but I did provide a phone number to the stylist when a set the appt and a phone call would have been appreciated. I had to drive 30 minutes and needed my hair styled today for my b-day tomorrow. What a disappointment!!
I recently took my 3 yr son here for laceration on his right ear. We spent over an hour to be seen by the PA, who spent less than 5 minutes checking my son's ear. He said he would be right back and left us waiting 20 additional minutes in the examination room. A random nurse comes in and says you need to take your son to CHKD ER. Then I get a notice from my insurance company that they were billed $180.00 for Emergency Care under a doctor who does not even work at that location. Amazing for less than 5 minutes of time the PA spent with my son. Lesson learned here is skip going to Nowcare and go straight to CHKD where I spent less than 1 hour there and my son got 3 stitches in his ear. Experience at CHKD was fantastic. Terrible at NOWCARE!
I have been going to Becky at Reactions for a few years now and i just love this salon! All the girls are so friendly and welcoming. Not to mention how great they all are at doing hair and the prices are resonable for such excellent service...I highly reccomend them to anyone!! Just go once and give them a try and i guarantee you'll be going back. :)
Reactions is so welcoming and warm. The first time I went in they treated me as if I were a regular customer. They instantly offer you a drink and make sure you're comfortable at all times. I had a fluke disaster trying to turn my own naturally blonde hair dyed brown back to blonde by myself and they fixed me right up!!! They are very reasonably priced and I can't wait for my next visit!!
If you want quality service, you should look else where. This company completed the work to include a year warranty. Once the items were installed, I called months later (within the year warranty) because there was an issue with one of the trees and I wanted someone come out to my house to investigate. After three calls and over a month later, still no one has come out. Needless to say, I went to another company with proven customer service skills to help me.
Absolutely awesome salon. Everyone is very friendly and catering, i'm always offered a drink when i come in. i've been coming here for over a year and recommend it to all my friends and family. Go Reactions! :)
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.