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05/09/2013
By: frankie1961
Patken Properties
Wonderful experience with Patrick, and his company! Are first project was interior painting, and was pleased with the guys working as they were very neat also respectful of my property. On final day of painting Patrick stopped, and said he could assist in flooring we needed. He had several samples of hardwoods, and laminate that were much cheaper than the ones Id been viewing. The very next day he had my materials ordered, and drove all the way toward Houston to gather my material. I assumed it would be several days although the flooring crew was there the very next morning removing my old carpet.. As soon as the laminate arrived was installed, and guys even did great job of having floor spotless when finished. Ive gotten several compliments on the handscraped flooring. Before him mentioning his wholesale flooring vendor I had 2 bids that were almost double his price for mid grade laminate. I was provided with a premium 30 year laminate, and very impressed with how inexpensive he was able to get me the flooring of this caliber.
05/10/2013
By: molly254
Patken Properties
Highly recommend the cleanliness, and professionalism of drywall crew. I was worried with the drywall repairs my home would be a wreck! The crew ensured cleaning property everyday, and laying new plastic daily which I thought was great. They matched the texture about perfect which I thought would be an issue. Good line of communitcation throughout, and would recommend on there drywall, and painting services. About a week or so after they finished I had to call them back to do some tilework as I had a contractor no show. It was nice for them to get right over considering we removed floors when they painted. Thanks again guys I have passed out your cards at the office, and so thankful you didnt leave me stuck with no shower operable.
04/23/2013
By: linda1966
Patken Properties
They did a wonderful job on my home! The roofers completed the whole entire project in one day, and had the site spotless by dark. The painters didnt mind putting samples on which helped pick the color for my trim to match shingles. The prices were really good, and definately would recommend choosing this company. We are new to the area, and found them through google. They honored a 10% off coupon from a internet promotion.
05/20/2013
By: randytemple
Patken Properties
Thanks guys for everything! The carpenter was very helpful with my deck design, and recommendations of product to weatherproof. Fence turned out great as well. Was impressed with how once job begun there was always guys onsite making progress. Definately use in future for any updates I decide to make.
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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