What does a typical work day look like?
Work begins at 8:00-8:30 a.m following an explanation of the day’s tasks and safety procedures . Lunch is at noon and the work day wraps up around 4:30 p.m. or sooner depends on what type of work we do on that day.
Will we still work if the weather is bad?
Safety is our main concern. The Construction Supervisor will determine whether the work for the day can proceed depending on the severity of the weather.
What is a mechanics lien?
If a contractor or business is hired to work on your construction project and then you refuse to pay, the individual or business has the right to file a lien. The lien is a claim on your home. This means the contractors and suppliers could go to court to force you to sell your home to satisfy their unpaid bills from your project.
You may also receive a lien even though you have paid the general contractor in full for the project. If this happens, it may be because the general contractor did not pay a subcontractor or business, was slow in making payments or, possibly, closed up shop and filed for bankruptcy. Regardless of the reason, the individual or business has a legal right to be paid and can file claim on your property for the amount owed.
Making the homeowner pay twice for the work completed may seem unfair. But the homeowner, because he benefits from the improvements, is ultimately held responsibility for the debts. If you do end up paying twice - once to the general contractor and again to settle the lien - you have the right to file suit against the contractor to recover your costs.
How hard will it be for me to get a building permit? Do I even need one?
Most projects involving changes to the building structure, plumbing, electrical, heating or roofing will require a permit. The processing of a permit through a building department can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the process, but we have doing it for so long that we have learned what is necessary to obtain necessary permits as quickly and as easily as possible.
How do I begin?
Give us a call. We’ll ask a series of questions to get a general idea of what you want and where you are in the process. We will arrange to meet with you onsite to discuss the project, explain how we work, and map out the next steps specific to your project.
What is the payment schedule like?
We issue Progress Billings weekly or biweekly depending on the size of the project. You are only billed for work that has occurred during the billing period.
What if something happens after the job is over? Who do I call? What kind of warranty do you offer?
We want our clients to be clients for life. If anything happens, please call us and we will make sure the best we can to assist you with your concerns. here at the office.
Even if you have a question unrelated to the project we did with you, please feel free to call us. We have a wealth of information and resources, and we’d love to be of assistance to you.
Why do prices vary on different estimates?
Each contractor prices his labor, materials and overheads differently. This is why you end up with different estimates.
There are many different factors to take into consideration when pricing estimates. First make sure that the estimates have the same scope of work. The amount of service provided by the contractor has a big effect on the cost. If the contractor handles every detail of the project, the price will probably be higher. Quality of work is another factor of the cost.
If you have any questions about our work, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with references.
How much down payment should I give when signing contract?
In California, the state limits advance payment at the time of contract signing to 10% of the total estimated job cost or $1,000, whichever amount is lower! All payments thereafter are supposed to be made for work performed or for materials delivered to the job site.
What would increase the value of my home?
According to the National Association of Realtors® (http://www.realtor.org) there is a direct correlation between certain house components and the resale price of the home. For example, eco-friendly remodeling projects will lead to an increased resale value as these houses are more energy efficient, and are constructed from recycled green materials. More then that any upgrade if it's your kitchen or bathroom remodeling, driveway or back patio upgrade will increase the value of your home.
Why should my contractor be licensed?
For several reasons: first of all, an unlicensed contractor cannot legally build in California and will not be able to pull the required city permits for you. Secondly, an unlicensed contractor cannot carry proper worker's compensation policies, which may put you at risk of a lawsuit. Thirdly, a state license is a way of telling you, the consumer, that the contractor's abilities have been verified by the state and that this contractor is qualified to build according to state laws. Lastly, when a contractor is unlicensed he can disappear like a ghost and there is seldom way of tracking them and/or enforcing any regulations against them; horror stories about contractors leaving projects unfinished are almost always caused by unlicensed contractors, trying to make a quick buck, who ruin the reputation of others.
What happens when a contractor is injured while working on my property?
As long as the contractor is covered by workers' compensation insurance you should be fine because the insurance will take care of it. If an uninsured contractor is injured while on your property then they can sue you personally for physical bodily injuries, which is exactly why you should never hire a contractor who's not fully insured and bonded. Eminent Construction carries the highest workers' compensation policy currently available in the market - up to $1,000,000 per incident.
Do I have to be home for the appointment?
We prefer to meet with all decision making parties at the initial appointment as we feel that,in order to make an educated decision,you need to understand the products we offer and be able to ask questions. While most homeowners like to be present, we understand that schedules do not alway permit this. If you are not going to be home, our representative will contact you to obtain the specific details of your project. In the event you are unable to attend your appointment,we ask that you be available by telephone,if at all possible,so that any questions or concerns your representative may have while estimating your project can be resolved immediately.