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By: Jennifer J.
Merritt Construction
First, I must say that the patio cover is nicely built. I ordered a dual color alumawood cover, but the colors were reversed (this is my own fault for not clarifying which colors were to be located where at the time of the order). My disappointment has been with the lack of response to a few concerns. One of the electrical boxes was left without a cover (exposed wires to the elements), one of the three fans was not hooked up properly, and the hot wires were not capped off posing a potential hazard (as an attorney, this concerns me). I am having to pay an electrician to fix the wiring after having paid Merritt Construction for the fan hook up. I have left multiple voice messages and sent multiple text messages with no response. Once Merritt Construction was paid in full, all communication stopped. Very very disappointing. It is certainly not how I conduct business and for such a small valley, I really am surprised by this outcome.
By: Michael R.
A & G Air Conditioning
Beware, Beware, Beware. They installed a new $24k HVAC system through sears, never had an inspector come out to check the system, even fighting me to get a permit for the system. When we did have the Inspector come out, he said it was the 2nd worst installation he has ever seen. He made a mess, leaving staples and old duct work after suppose ably finishing the job. not caring where holes go and putting 1 vent under a ceiling fan. each Company following him to fix the system from sears said the system needs to be ripped out and reinstalled, they continued to say the duct work were not sized appropriately and will cause the system to fail in the future. not 1 year later and the system is failing. come to find out he is not even certified to install this system. ****Do Not**** use this contractor if you have have another company inspect and you'll surely be surprised.
By: Dario M.
Steffen Heating & Air Conditioning
This individual has shown no expertise... Ordered parts and was unable to deliver correct products or in a promtly manner. I would NOT reccomend Steffen Heating and Plumbing.
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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