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04/09/2014
By: Brad W.
Southern Development
Southern Development built our last home and from the day we moved in we were impressed with the high quality of their workmanship. When our circumstances changed and we decided to build again we had no hesitation in selecting Southern Development as our builder. I have only positive things to say about their professionalism, the quality of their work, and their willingness to stand behind the quality of their work. They have a well run organization and they know how to get the job done right.
09/16/2013
By: dad_in_cville
Earthworks Development Inc
I wouldn’t call anyone else in Charlottesville for any of my home repair needs. Chris at Earthworks remodeled my Kitchen and my wife and I love it! His staff was friendly and professional and got the job done early. Earthworks is the best company to work with in C-ville…hands down!
09/09/2016
By: Phyllis H.
Cafe at Monticello
I have been here several times and learn something new each time. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds. It will make you appreciate the genius that was Thomas Jefferson. Very impressive!
Tips & Advices
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. 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.
Absolutely ask. 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, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
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.
Yes. 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.

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