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By: bob.cadigan.7
Always On Time Construction
We moved here a year ago. In mid October a garage fire destroyed our garage and work shop. We had no idea who to call. My neighbor said he "had a guy". That guy was Tom Kehoe, the owner of Always On Time Construction. Tom came right out and guided us through the whole process. He did it all, from clean up and tear down to rebuilding a nicer and better garage and workshop. He promised to have us up and running in 2 months (before Christmas) and he did! Even with the "while you're at it" extras and a snow storm he got it done..His people took care of everything and were terrific. His lead carpenter, Mike, was fabulous. We were so pleased with Tom's work we invited him to our 1st ever Christmas in "The Board Room" event, the week before Christmas. He was even on time for that! They came back in the spring to restore the landscaping and it is beautiful. That's what we call over the topservice!
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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