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.
1135 Queen St NSaint Petersburg, FL 33713
From Business: Many years ago when i first entered the work field i started out as a cook and was pretty good at it. I have always liked using my hands to create so i thought th…
5374 Catalyst AveSarasota, FL 34233
From Business: Now celebrating 28 years serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties for Custom Home Building and Full Service Remodeling and Renovation Services. Providing only the fi…
Spring Hill, FL 34609
From Business: Property Services General Contractors is a 20-year, Florida-based business. We started out in 1998 with the commitment to offer the highest quality Remodel and Co…
3008 Samara DrTampa, FL 33618
From Business: "Are you frustrated by: - Builders who can't create your plans in house, - Builders who resist making changes to your plans? - Builders offering options you don't…
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
had house re shingled from moss construction services inc gave 50% down stared April 12/18 didn't put shingles till April 16 finished April 17 /18 payed in full after inspection had leak on April 24 /18 called he was sending some to fix it no one showed uand no one answered on April 30 /18 called another roofer to make repairs $ 800.00 dean from moss construction constantly lies and doesn't do what he promises was told it would take 2 days took longer we had a severe thunder storm on on April 15/18 had water damage in in the house they had employees issues, running out of shingles material was the worst job from start to finish i ever experience i would not recommend this company to any oneand if it was up to me no stars at all
Called unlock me at services after losing my car key , the guy give me an estimate time and arrived after an hour , he makes the key in less in 15 min , thank Martin for the fast service and for helping me out , very recommended guy
Excellent customer service. They have a very impressive shop and service fleet. They were ontime, and on budget
We've used Joe from Anchor Construction to replace bridges, do concrete work, and do installations of our Speed-Lifts and he's great!!
Great locksmith, I was stuck when I lost my only car keys, called Unlock me and he came in 20 minutes charge me a fair price. Hard to find a good locksmith in the Tampa area.
Hired "Unlock me" on 9/11/17 to repair deadbolt lock on my French doors which I paid in a check that same day. 2 days later broke again. he was suppose to show up at my house for warranty work on 9/15/17, 9/17/17, and 9/19/17. He was a NO SHOW for all three dates. Be aware of hiring this company.
I bought my home in 2015. I thought Suarez had a good reputation so I decided to buy from them. After many months of arguing back and forth over defective tile issues throughout the home, all my tile was replaced. We had to move out for 2 weeks. My husband is a disabled military vet and this was a huge burden. Within 6 months of them replacing all of the tile I began to have problems. Tiles one by one began to pop up. I had been assured that when the tile was replaced, I would have a new one year warranty. I contacted Suarez (Jason Starling and Bob Suarez by certified mail, phone, on-line and through their construction supervisor Larry Tainter. They refuse to contact me on this problem. They just don't care. I think it is important to mention that many of my neighbors are having similar tile issues in their homes. Only some of them have been contacted. Please don't consider this builder as you will need to hire an expensive attorney to get them to stand by their warranty.
Rick the owner is the most professional contractor we have ever met. His presentation and knowledge makes you feel very comfortable. He gives you all.of his attention and is very patient. I have to admit we would call him at least twice a day. We were ordering materials we liked and it was a confusing process for me and my wife. Rick and his team were there for us every step of the way. They even used heavy duty floor paper and blue taped everything so our floors wouldn't be disturbed. He and his crew even cleaned up every nook and cranny when the remodeling was completed. Impeccable service from start to finish. Rick was right when he said I'm not your average contractor. If your serious I will be here in the am. He was from beginning to end. We did not have to wait for him to return a week or two later like some contractors. We have him on our speed dial! Thank you Rick to you and your crew. Thank you for that generous gift at the end. A nice gift card for me and my wife. If anyone needs a honest reliable contractor. Rick and his company are the way to go.
Bait and switch company that quoted me one price to have my vehicle moved from one state to the next. After they picked up the car and delivered it they did not honor original agreed upon amount and I payed $200 more dollars that what was quoted. BUYER BEWARE! No professionalism in the end. I have all receipts and proof of this transaction. I would not recomend them to anyone.www.professionalmoversgroup.comhttp://www.professionalmoversgroup.com#professionalmoversgroup#professionalmovers#moverscompanytampa
Things started well but unfortunately this organization turned out to be dishonest. I was moving my elderly father from Boynton Beach to Lake Mary. I was told this was an "Orlando" based move (makes sense) but in the end was charged as a Tampa based move - the only place they are located.I felt bad because both Belinda and Mary were nice and helpful while booking, it is too bad they could not be honest. The actual movers, Jamal and Jay were actually excellent - not their fault for the deception at all.In addition to the overcharges there was a very unpleasant exchange mid way through when payment was demanded at the pack up in Boynton Beach, rather than at the unload in Lake Mary where my husband was with the certified check, and where their contract states that payment is to be made. This is where Mary's true colors came out.As with all movers - be very careful getting an explanation of their services - where they start charging travel time. The initial estimate is always a low-ball but for them it was a complete lie. They have earned a poor review and lost my recommendations to others. Stay away!!
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.