Knowing Your Contractor by Fleming & Associates Inc.

The time to check out your contractor is before you start your project, because as many know, checking after can be a costly mistake. That’s why taking time to make sure your contractor is a reputable contractor can save you and your family thousands. Take time to search public records in local  counties to see how many liens/lawsuits/complaints your contractor may have filed against them. While some liens and actions may be  expected, a great deal of liens or actions may clearly signal issues (red  flags), including a failure to pay subcontractors and suppliers. If a contractor  has been sued by a number of homeowners that may be a red flag. Legitimate  disputes may always arise for any business, but look into the information and ask  the contractor to explain. Another red flag may be a contractor who files a  number of criminal warrants against homeowners. This may indicate that the  contractor is abusing the criminal system to threaten consumers into paying for  projects that the consumer would otherwise dispute or when the job wasn’t done correctly and they refuse to pay because the job was not done correctly, or had issues with what had been done.

Custom Home Builder Georgia, New Home Construction Georgia

When its time to build your new custom home, choosing the right contractor can make the stressful decisions seem simple and creating that one of a kind home an easy process. Fleming & Associates, Inc., is a state licensed general contractor and has been in business since 1998 building custom homes. Contact Fleming & Associates, Inc., to discuss your new custom home plans today at 404-490-0455 or visit our website at www.flemingconst.com

 

Should My Contractor Permit My Deck , Permitting Home Improvements

Deck Screen Porch / DeckDeck  with Stairs  Contractors are required by law and codes to permit new and replacement decks . So if your contractor says that he does not have to permit your deck . He may not no local codes and laws , and your deck my not meet local codes when its been rebuilt. This can lead to future problems when you either renew your insurance or possible try to sell your home. Having the proper documentation when it comes time to do these type things can save you as a home owner a lot of headaches. Hiring a state licensed contractor that can permit your deck , or home project  will save you  time and money  . When it comes to dealing with local county inspectors , your contractor should be willing to let them inspect the work that he is doing for you. And be grateful that there are codes and laws that protect you as a home owner. From Contractor performing work that is unsatisfactory and will not pass an inspection.  Hire Local Pros Fleming & Associates Inc.   at 770-456-1250 or visit our web site www.flemingconst.com

Atlanta Exterior and Interior Door and Window Installation: When To Make These Changes In Your Home

exterior_window_changeIt is always a good idea to check your home exterior and interior doors and determine whether it is time for an update or change to new doors. This goes for old wood windows as well.

You may see damaged or rotten wood behind the window or door. Making sure the damaged wood is repaired properly can save you money on energy cost and the  life of the new window or door being installed.

Hiring a state licensed contractor to provide this type of service should be the first decision you make. Don’t just hire someone that says they know how to install windows and doors. Make sure they are licensed and qualified to do the job.

Most home contractors doing this type of work are not  state licensed contractors. They also do not know the specific codes in place when replacing windows and doors.

Working with these unlicensed contractors, you may not find out until they either go out of business or change company names to avoid warranties.

The state of Georgia has created a licensing board for specifically for contractors to help regulate home contractors from changing company names and opening under new name to avoid customer warranties. So when its time to change or update those windows and doors, look for a state licensed contractor to provide good quality service.

If you are looking for an experienced state licensed contractor to assist you with installing new windows and doors in your home, contact Fleming & Associates at 770-456-1250

Remodel Your Atlanta Home Kitchen and Baths Before the Holiday Season

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Are you thinking of updating or remodeling your kitchen and/or  bath before the holidays? The time to plan is now!  If you plan on going through with the kitchen or bath remodel, you want to insure your project will be completed before the holiday season gets close.

When you updated your kitchen and/or bath you and value to your home. It also will give you enjoyment and that feeling your home is truly your biggest investment.

Keeping your home looking up to date can bring rewards to you in many ways when it is time to sell.

Speak with state licensed contractor Keith Fleming about your next kitchen and/or bath home remodel update before the holiday season begins .

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Restoration Companies Not Permiting Repairs , Is Your Restoration Licensed To Permit Your Home Repairs

Many homeowners may not understand what repairs may need to be permitted . If there is any electrical , heating and air , plumbing , or structural damage to your home you may need a permit to do these repairs properly. doing this repairs without out proper permitting could lead to bigger problems later. Contractors not knowing local  building codes could add to significant cost to a home owner. Most of the time homeowners do not even know until its to late . The contractors  has gone out of business or they are trying to sell there home and a home inspector has found things competed wrong. This could completely ruin a sell,  and cost a homeowner thousands to correct. Unlicensed  restoration companies are not regulated in the state of Georgia and may close there business under a name and open up tomorrow under a different name. That’s a great reason to hire a company that is state licensed to provide restoration to your home .

Atlanta Roofing , Roofing Contractor Atlanta

Why are there so many roofing contractors in metro Atlanta . Most home owners do not know that there roofer is not regulated by be the state. And if the company is not registered with the state of Georgia , they are doing business illegally in our state. The reason why there are so many roofing contractors in  the state  of Georgia is,  Roofing companies  can obtain a business license under laws that do not regulate roofing. But may not obtain  state contractors license. Making easy for them to flip flop in and out of business changing company names from year to year avoiding proclaimed warranties. Checking your contractors license status is left up to you the consumer. Many counties fall short in enforcing licenses and permitting ,  when it comes to contractors. The state of Georgia has laws that need to be enforced to provide a greater protecting for consumers. Trying to do the right thing and hire a licensed contractors to protect their investment. Hiring  a state licensed can help you as an consumer avoid the pit falls of  your contractor not returning your calls to avoid warranties and other issues that may arise . The state requires  licensed contractor provide a warranties and address any complaint . If a contractor fails to answer or correct any complaints they may have  to go in front of  the  state  board  and explain the reason. This is how state licensed contractors are regulated and are held accountable for there actions . So hire State Licensed Contractor to install your next roof or for  your next construction project .                                                                                                 Check the status of your contractors license   www. sos.ga.gov

Atlanta Custom Home Building And Additions: What You Should Know Before Starting Your Custom Home Project

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It is always a good idea to choose a State licensed contractor to build your custom home or home addition. Choosing not to can affect your family’s life for years to come.

So when choosing a contractor make certain that he or she is someone you can work with on your custom home project. Making  major decisions in the building process will be inevitable when building your custom home or home addition.

If you and your contractor do not have a good line of communication, some major decisions maybe over looked or done without your knowledge. Having a good line of communication is beneficial for your homes efficiency and can save you money in the future.

Many contractors may not properly explain to there customers the differences when choosing insulation, Heating and Air, Lighting , Plumbing fixtures, Roofing material and how all these can save a consumer a great deal of money on the monthly bills.  Choosing the right materials can add major savings and increase the life expectancy of the products.
Sometimes paying a little more for a product while building that new home or addition can save you thousands in additional cost over time.

So when talking to a contractor make sure he or she has the knowledge  to explain the differences in products  and how they can save you money for years to come.

If you are looking to start on a new custom home or custom home addition, call Fleming & Associates at 770-456-1250

Atlanta Home Roofing: How To Know If Your Roofing Contractor Is Registered With The State of Georgia

Many home owners may not know that there home roofer is not required to be state licensed. However they are required to be registered with the  Georgia Secretary Of State in order to do business in the state of Georgia. So it may be a good idea if your hiring a home roofing contractor to see if he is registered to do business in Georgia before you sign a contract or even give his company funds prior to starting your home roofing job.

Some roofing contractors may not be able to legally do business in our state. Checking your home contractors credentials maybe the best decision you will make before you have that new roof installed or that construction project done. Georgia Secretary of State has made checking your contractors license status very easy (www.sos.georgia.gov‎).  Taking only a few minutes to check the status of your home contractor can save you thousands in potential headaches.

Home contractors that take the time to become licensed in Georgia are held to a higher standard. Customers can feel at ease knowing that if a licensed contractor doesn’t get the job done correctly they can always make a complaint to the Georgia Secretary Of State where that contractor would have to answer to a review board of his peers.  Contractors that have a state license always keep insurance policies and bonds to keep the public safe. Contractors that are licensed are expected to perform to level and expectation of the state and local codes that are put in place to protect the general public. So make sure to hire a State Licensed Roofing Contractor to complete your next roofing project.

For estimates on your next roofing project, call Fleming & Associates at 770-456-1250

Get A Man Cave For Football Season: Remodel Your Atlanta Home Basement For The Football Season

mancavesFootball season is here and its time to make room for the big flat screen television. It is the time of year to have friends and family over your home to watch major sports games on television. Finishing that basement project that is probably unfinished can be the best thing you could ever do to bring everyone together to watch their favorite teams. The best way to start the transformation of remodeling your unfinished basement into a man-caveman cave is to have a state licensed contractor do the job. This is a very important step and one you should carefully think about before investing thousands into building out your basement.

With building codes changing and unlicensed contractors not knowing which codes should have your basement pass inspection, you could be potentially be throwing money away. Don’t let an unlicensed contractor that does not have a clear understanding of building codes finish your basement. If codes are not met and the job is not inspected the work completed could cause major problems with your electrical, plumbing or even heating and air .

Not to mention the liability that you may add to your insurance by having an unlicensed contractor work on your home.  Hiring a state licensed contractor should be  the most important part of any construction project . The proper permitting and inspections, documentation is necessary when it comes time to insure that you can sell your home. Knowing you did it the right way can provide a great piece of mind for you and  family.

Want to know how much it will cost to get a man cave in your basement? Give us a call at 770-456-1250 so we can schedule a time to visit your home.