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By: Cassandra M.
Early Does It
I contacted Early does it and talked to Chris. He was very polite and professional. He assured me of his work and by my surprised he went above and beyond. First, I had him install my floating hardwood flooring in three rooms. Not only was he punctual he was quick. Since he did such a great job we had him come back and install an electrical outlet in our kitchen island that turned out perfect. Loving his work, he had him come back several times. We had him install tile in two seperate locations, do some wiring with our surround, he came over on an emergency call to help repair our damaged ceiling around our chimney from a leak, do some dry-walling in our basement, fix our loose stairway railing, and put up wainscoting in our master bedroom. No matter what he always tried to get to my projects as soon as he could, and made me feel like I was top priority. I will be using his company for anything I come across. He is very talented in several different areas of expertise.
By: Joy J.
Cowherd Construction
We have had wonderful experiences in our business dealings with Cowherd Construction. Over the last 20 years these have included new home construction, remodeling, and property repairs/management. It would be difficult to find a company with a better work ethic, or more integrity. HIGHLY recommend!!
By: Wayne W.
Journagan Construction
As I travel around Springfield I notice this companythis is a great company work who hard and get job done on time depends on if weather permit. I would work for the company.
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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