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.
I was really nervous about putting my daughter in daycare. She began GLB when she was two and she has loved it since day one. All the teachers are friendly to all the kids not just the ones in their classrooms. My daughter is excited to go every day. I am so thankful that they take such great care of her. All the staff are very attentive to each child's needs. My daughter is always clean when I pick her up. I never have to worry about her staying in a wet or dirty diaper since they change diapers often.I would highly recommend GLB to anyone.
The latest post is ridiculous!!!! My children have been going to God’s Little Blessings for many years and we absolutely loved when Amber the new owner took over!!! She calls when we aren’t there for a day asking if we are ok or if we need anything!!!! Also about the poop situation..... My son had an accident there poop wise and not only did she clean his clothes she went out and got him an outfit Bc I had forgotten to bring extra clothes that day.... Sound to me “Lacie S.” Needs to get her facts straight before telling lies about an amazing place. And their employees are pretty amazing as well especially the management on staff!!!! They tell each and every child bye and give hugs and kisses if the child asks!! As far as impetigo I highly doubt that Bc if my child has a temp runny nose runny poop anything out of the norm I get a phone call!!!! All in All God’s Little Blessings is the most amazing place I highly recommended taking your babies here!!!!!
This daycare needs a new owner.... my sons have been going there for a little over a year. I have to "agree" with there father were they go due to joint custody... I picked my 2 year old son up and he had pooped it ran down into his shoes.. no one called, they just let him go with out socks and shoes. Then my son caught impetigo this summer.. they had no idea what that even was... they have intruded on visitation days... called my sons dad and was telling him when i picked up and dropped off.... threatened me in front of my kid and yelled at me... which leaves me very concerned about what goes on when us parents arent there. I heard this place was amazing... my kids never come home with crafts... and i have never witnessed any of the teachers actually doing anything with the kids... they r always on there phones or gossiping about the kids that go there... this place has ran smack right into the ground..... i won't even take my oldest there... she goes to little broncos i love that place!!! They have a wonderful staff!! Ive never once had a problem there!!!No parent should feel bullied by the daycare facility that they send there child too. This place is more concerned about drama and gossiping about everyone that comes in and out....
I took my one year old for the first time to daycare after her being on my hip and by my side a whole year. After two days and three hours total being there they kicked her out for crying?!?! They said it wasn’t a good fit they didn’t even truly try to comfort my child. When I got there to get my child they had papers printed out for me to sign and the diapers and wipes packed that I had brought. So in my child’s first ever time in daycare and in her second day in the one hour that I dropped her off they decided they didn’t want to work with her she wasn’t biting or hitting she simply wanted to be comforted and they failed to help me. I don’t know if they wanted to take advantage of a young single mom or that we were on dhs. But either way I DO NOT recommend this place.
I want to give a big shout out to the wonderful people at the Canadian County Health Department in Yukon. They are so helpful! Thank you for all you do!!!
They are very unprofessional I would never send a kid here. I can't even begin to tell you how fake the staff is. They don't care about your kids simply the money you bring if you bring your kid everyday they act like it's a crime the boss never seems to be there. Very unfriendly. Children's new world way better place.
Doesn't follow through with what he contracted to do. Is a thief, takes payment for a job and doesn't complete the work, keeps the money for labor not performed and materials not purchased. Watch out for this bad contractor.
Just got back from updating my son's immunizations and we couldn't be more pleased with the service we received. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and we were on our way in no time.
I highly recommend God's Little Blessings! My son who is 4 years old has been attending this facility for almost a year and it truly has been a BLESSING! The teachers are fantastic and compassionate towards the children. I completely trust them with my son. My son prays before meals and has learned valuable life lessons.
I have been taking our 2 year old to God's Little Blessings for 6 months now and I could not be happier! She loves going to "school" and comes home with sweet little crafts and artwork every day. Her teacher, Miss Tina, sends home notes saying what a blessing my little one is in class and tells my daughter she loves her every day. Within two weeks of taking my daughter here, she came home singing "Jesus Loves Me" and started asking to pray before every meal. The ladies up front and every staff member knows who I am, who my husband is, and who my daughter is. It makes me feel very secure about leaving her in their care every day. We love GLB!
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.