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By: rusbarrows
Shields Construction
I hired Shields Construction to repair water damage from leaking fixtures. This repair work turned into a minor renovation of our home. Tony's tenacity to resolve all problems was impressive. As the general contractor on the jobs, he insured all faucets of the job were completed thoroughly and in a timely manner. He worked effectively with my insurance adjuster, saving me time. Step-by-step he documented his progress. No question went unanswered. His professionalism and knowledge suppressed all worries. Thank You!!
By: candicegandrud
Shields Construction
I recently hired Tony Shields with Shiels Construction to put up a backsplash in my kitchen. I was so impressed with his work ethic and time he put into making it look perfect. He was also very thorough about explaining what he was doing and why and answering any questions that I had. I would never consider hiring anyone else for my home improvement or building projects.
By: lynn.venteicher
Shields Construction
I am extremely happy with Tony Shields! He works to get the job done,quickly and efficiently! Tony asks for input each step of the way, and explains any detail without any exasperation. He is willing to help with any project and goes above and beyond.I was so happy with his work on the remodel of our house that he is now re-roofing a rental trailer for me!
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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