Frequently Asked Questions
What credentials should I demand from the contractor I hire for my project?
A General Liability Insurance certificate for starters. Even though licensing is not required for a general contractor, the general contractor, the general contractor should hire plumbers, electricians, and HVAC contractors with licensing as licensing is required in Houston and other municipalities. It is also a good idea to check with the BBB for any outstanding, unresolved complaints against the contractor you are interviewing.
Why is it important to hire a contractor who is a member of The Greater Houston Builders’ Association?
Being a member of any organization says a lot about the contractor you are interviewing. Continuing education, accountability, community service, and professional growth are just a few benefits of being a member of the Greater Houston Builders’ Association (GHBA). Hire a professional who values these things.
What type of warranty should I expect on my project?
The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) has drafted a contract that includes a 1/2/10 year warranty. This is also the national standard for the remodeling and construction industry as it is endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It includes: 1 year coverage of workmanship and materials; 2 year coverage of plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning delivery systems; and 10 year coverage of the major structural components of the home.
Why is hiring the cheapest contracto or remodeler a really bad idea?
Hiring someone solely based on price is not a great idea for a few reasons. The most significant reasons are due to the fact that low bids are usually missing some significant parts of the project. Often the cheapest contractors cut corners in ways that could be dangerous to you or your family. They may use inferior materials or unlicensed subcontractors. Unfortunately, we have seen cases where people have chosen the contractor with the least expensive proposal, only to end up paying significantly more once the contractor added in the missing pieces.
Why should I use a certified professional?
An individual or organization that has gone through the rigors of achieving professional designations or certifications is going to go the extra mile to deliver a quality project. The opposite of this can be catastrophic in terms of cost and frustration resulting from the contractor’s lack of professionalism and ability.
What types of construction does Vick Construction & Remodeling perform?
Interior and Exterior Residential Remodeling, Whole House Remodels, Home Additions, Restoration, Repairs General Improvements, Commercial, New Construction