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Avatar for Your Builder LLC Stafford, VA Thumbtack
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3. Your Builder LLC
4.9 from 35 reviews
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4.9 (35)

General Contracting

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My wife and I had a great experience working with Erick. He did great work on several projects in our house -- finishing the garage, painting rooms, and installing a kitchen backsplash. We were initially looking just to do some work in the garage, but were so impressed with the quality of Erick’s work and his commitment to doing everything to very high standards that we asked him if he could do the other projects -- and expect we'll do that again in the future. Here were some things that stood out the most: -- Transparent and helpful. Erick provided detailed explanations about cost; sent photos of paint or products from past projects so we could see different options; and always explained things like why a particular paint or caulk or some other product would or wouldn't work well and how they would affect cost. We made choices about all those things and never felt like we were being pressured into anything. -- Highly responsive. Some contractors who gave us estimates were slow to respond. Erick would almost always text or email back right away. That helped not only as we were making decisions on the front end about cost and materials, but also when we needed reassurance that we hadn't picked something dumb or just wanted to make sure we understood the schedule for the next day. -- Careful and clean. The paint applied in several rooms -- including three with high ceilings -- has sharp lines and looks great. The backsplash is carefully measured and straight. Erick was a perfectionist about little things like smoothing the ceiling in the garage and making sure the caulk lines above the backsplash were sharp. He noticed and pointed out little imperfections that we didn’t notice ourselves and then fixed them. And when each job was done, our house was actually cleaner than when we started. Erick carefully covered floors and furniture, cleaned kitchen surfaces, and swept and vacuumed. We had a great experience!
My wife and I had a great experience working with Erick. He did great work on several projects in our house -- finishing the garage, painting rooms, and installing a kitchen backsplash. We were initially looking just to do some work in the garage, but were so impressed with the quality of Erick’s work and his commitment to doing everything to very high standards that we asked him if he could do the other projects -- and expect we'll do that again in the future. Here were some things that stood out the most: -- Transparent and helpful. Erick provided detailed explanations about cost; sent photos of paint or products from past projects so we could see different options; and always explained things like why a particular paint or caulk or some other product would or wouldn't work well and how they would affect cost. We made choices about all those things and never felt like we were being pressured into anything. -- Highly responsive. Some contractors who gave us estimates were slow to respond. Erick would almost always text or email back right away. That helped not only as we were making decisions on the front end about cost and materials, but also when we needed reassurance that we hadn't picked something dumb or just wanted to make sure we understood the schedule for the next day. -- Careful and clean. The paint applied in several rooms -- including three with high ceilings -- has sharp lines and looks great. The backsplash is carefully measured and straight. Erick was a perfectionist about little things like smoothing the ceiling in the garage and making sure the caulk lines above the backsplash were sharp. He noticed and pointed out little imperfections that we didn’t notice ourselves and then fixed them. And when each job was done, our house was actually cleaner than when we started. Erick carefully covered floors and furniture, cleaned kitchen surfaces, and swept and vacuumed. We had a great experience!
Avatar for American Dream Restoration LLC Front Royal, VA Thumbtack
Avatar for American Dream Restoration LLC Front Royal, VA Thumbtack
8. American Dream Restoration LLC
4.8 from 10 reviews
4.8 (10)
4.8 (10)

General Contracting

American Dream Restorations did a phenominal job replacing my roof .I had gotten several quotes from roofers to perform this work .I was not looking forward to the inevitable bill for the work, so I was dragging my feet regarding making a decision . Kyle from ADR was the only person of the many whom I had spoken to who did call me with a follow up call and asked how ADR could work with me so we could do business . Business 101 (earn the customers business ) I had previously had solar panels on my roof and was concerned that the "holes " in the roof would be a problem . Kyle came by my house and did a survey .With a Drone ! Kyle assured me that the the roof sheeting would be replaced where the solar "holes"existed , and assured me that the existing "hole " in my roof where the attic fan was would be repaired as well. They replaced the entire sheets of OSB (plywood) in the affected areas ,not just a makeshift patch. I was very impressed with their quality of work . The crew arrived as scheduled and immediately went to work .The shingles arrived via truck shortly after work had commenced ,removing the old shingles . The old roofing felt paper and nails were removed and a new modern replacement for (tar paper ) was installed . The crew was phenominal in their efficiency and dedication to detail . My roof was replaced in one day from start to finish and they even went through my yard with a magnet to capture loose nails . I would not hessitate to recommend ADR for any roofing needs .
American Dream Restorations did a phenominal job replacing my roof .I had gotten several quotes from roofers to perform this work .I was not looking forward to the inevitable bill for the work, so I was dragging my feet regarding making a decision . Kyle from ADR was the only person of the many whom I had spoken to who did call me with a follow up call and asked how ADR could work with me so we could do business . Business 101 (earn the customers business ) I had previously had solar panels on my roof and was concerned that the "holes " in the roof would be a problem . Kyle came by my house and did a survey .With a Drone ! Kyle assured me that the the roof sheeting would be replaced where the solar "holes"existed , and assured me that the existing "hole " in my roof where the attic fan was would be repaired as well. They replaced the entire sheets of OSB (plywood) in the affected areas ,not just a makeshift patch. I was very impressed with their quality of work . The crew arrived as scheduled and immediately went to work .The shingles arrived via truck shortly after work had commenced ,removing the old shingles . The old roofing felt paper and nails were removed and a new modern replacement for (tar paper ) was installed . The crew was phenominal in their efficiency and dedication to detail . My roof was replaced in one day from start to finish and they even went through my yard with a magnet to capture loose nails . I would not hessitate to recommend ADR for any roofing needs .

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What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

What does a property management company do?

Property management companies manage the rental of residential homes, apartments, condos, commercial spaces and retail spaces. Property managers can oversee just a single unit or many properties, whether those sites are inhabited full-time or are vacation rentals. A property management company helps a property owner or landlord find tenants; collects rent; takes care of accounting, property maintenance and repairs; handles on-site management; and manages vacation rental check-in and checkout tasks. Although many property owners or landlords successfully manage their own rental real estate, a property management company can help you handle tenant issues and maintenance problems, especially if you are not located in the same city or state. Most property management companies deal with tenants directly, and their tasks include:

  • Marketing the rental property
  • Collecting rent
  • Handling repair problems
  • Responding to tenant complaints
  • Evicting tenants  

A property management company may be a good choice for property owners who have several investment properties, live far away from the rental property, or don’t have time for hands-on management.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

Why is property management important?

A property management company can be a landlord’s greatest asset. As a neutral third party, the property manager handles the day-to-day operations of a real estate investment, from a single vacation home to a large apartment building or several rental properties. A property management company can be especially helpful to landlords who own several units and can’t manage each of them individually, or those who live too far from their investment properties to meet with renters and oversee maintenance. Property management is particularly important if your rentals are part of an affordable housing program. To receive financial assistance from the government, the landlord must comply with a complicated set of rules; property management companies should have both experience and expertise in complying with the rules specific to each housing program.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

Do property managers need to be licensed?

The licensing requirements for property managers vary from state to state, but many states require property managers to have a real estate broker’s license and in some cases be a legal resident of a state. Property management may not be specified in a state real estate statute, but according to the Institute of Real Estate Management their activities may include advertising the availability of a rental property, discussing a property management agreement with an owner, negotiating leases, showing a rental property and collecting rents.

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