Licensed General Contractors: Pick the right one for the job.

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Attempting to find a good licensed general contractor in Manhattan can be a stressful endeavor if you don't have any recommendations or if you have no experience with New York home improvement tasks. The most important thing you can do is choose the proper professional for the job, and making the wrong decision can waste both your time and theirs as well. The right contractor is the one that perfectly understands your needs, and knows how to do the job quickly and properly. Chances are that if you want a new kitchen in New York and you've got yourself a bathroom specialist, things won't turn out the way you've planned.

Some of the things you should look for in a licensed New York home improvement contractor are:

Ensure that he has an official license; it is always wise to approach your task with caution. Request your contractor's license information and check it with the state of NY. When you know your contractor is licensed, then you know that he follows the current laws, and he has the education for the job. In some states home improvement contractors aren't required by law to work with a license, however if you want to ensure that your New York home improvement project comes out the way you intended, make sure you ask for their license.

Also be sure to ask about insurance; for the most part, contractors are required to have some sort of insurance coverage on the projects they undertake; a licensed general contractor should never have an issue with providing insurance documentation. The most pertinent reason for checking out your contractor's insurance information is to be further assured that you haven't come across a novice handy-man passing himself off as a professional.

Check around for information; regardless of your experience with home improvements, it never hurts to ask your friends, and colleagues for their input. In most cases you can find a professional contractor who can take on your project and help you build the image of your dreams.


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Vickie Nagy
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I think the title is such a dramatic understatement that I chuckle! There's so many responsibilities from estimating accurately, including permits and haul-away to completion that I shudder to think about all that is involved!

Oct 06, 2009 05:50 PM #1

What is a General Contractors RESPONSIBILITIES? I reside in







What is a Licensed NY General Contractors RESPONSIBILITIES?

If there is a license for a general contractor there should also be info as to what they are expected to do.

I hired a Licensed General Contractor and have a contract. He didn't take out permits which I didn't know he needed to do for plumbing and electric work in the beginning of the job but it was in the adenment of my contract  due to he was doing masonary driveway and sidewalk. He hired a guy that said he is a plumber and didn't do the right work, didn't know what he was doing. Had to be done over after fighting with contractor. Then contractor had a guy that said he is a electrician working under his bosses license no. and lowered the exterior conduit bars. Then the contractor talked to the siding guy and the next thing i noticed the conduit bars was removed and other wire was installed and the vinyl siding going directly over it. My light was going off and on in my kitchen, I took a piece a this wire found on the ground they they used and did research. Lots of research. even called the code dept and inspectors Electric. told it is not legal. My contractor said it is and they are all lyeing to me. 7 weeks later my son threatened to fire the contractor and he finally agreed which he totally refused to do or even get the code dept tel from me before. then said we are right and he will get the electrician back. I said I do not want him back. He called me and also said it is within code. Well the contractor said it is not our choice he will get him back. we said we need tio know when he will be here and he just sent him to my house when the siding guys were still banding so i didn't notice him there. when he almost finished and i saw him he said to me this doesn't need to be done. Well I had the contractor send the licensed guy down to inspect the job and he only looked at the conduit outside the siding and gave me a note that the outside conduit bars are within code. Now one of the new lightings they installed I was told the conduit was under the siding and told they couldn't put the others there. I just checked by pushing on the vinyl siding and do not feel CONDUIT. I guess there still is not legal wire there romex simpull directly under the vinly siding. also with the windows the contractor called from the window store and finally said he ordered the windows and i did lots of research and asked him what model and then told him he is ordering the wrong ones for the opening i have. he put the window co on the phone and i proved it to him and he changed the order. also the windows were not insullated right. i called the contractor and he called the siding guy and he said it was. the CONTRACTOR NEVER SHOWED UP to check out what i was saying. finally winter came and due to the fact that they didn't even silicone right it was very drafty. I forced the contractor to come and remove the molding on one window and he told me i am responsible for his work due to it didn't need to be done. I even called the insullation co. and found out how it should be insullated and he saw it wasn't right and had to do the 6 windows over. also to frame the 6 windows alone took 2 weeks and dammage to my refrigerator door. amlost a year and still not done. then did the wrong thing on my bow window sill and then said he would be back in 3 days and work on it and 6 weeks later the siding was coming off and i called the siding guy and he will be fixing it. think that not done right also. but he called the contractor and that is finally when i heard from him. I now say he walked off the job. i need the siding guy to fix it but i still have held back some money and want to fire this contractor. he hardly was here to see what needed to be done. and doing things over and over I have not slept when i am dealing with him to upset. I think i now need a lawyer.  I might not of held back enough but he thinks i still owe him $4,000 after he does the window sill. I called the manufacturer of the stuff he put on the window sill it is only for tile not to be ever be put on a window sill. told the contractor and he said well he wants to see what would happen. I have white carpet there and he is experimenting on me. and now he wants to get the siding guy that didn't insulate my windows right and installed the electric wire and he isn't a electrician and romex simpull is not for directly under vinyl siding exterior back into my house to now add luon on the window sill. I do not think so.  thanks any ideas as what to do. somewhat scared to fire him but i tried so hard and so upset and i did so much work i had enough.  help.








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