5 Signs of a Fake Contractor after a Natural Disaster

disaster reconstruction magnoliaNatural disasters are something that brings whole communities together – and attract people with ill intentions. After every major natural disaster, there are stories of bogus contractors offering to fix people’s homes, but taking the money and never returning to do the work. Likewise, there are stories of looters storming into damaged homes and stealing what they can. While some people lose everything they’ve worked hard for over the years, others are quick to take advantage of people at their worst.

While your emotional strength may be weakening quickly in the days after a disaster, knowing a few simple warning signs of bogus contractors might help keep you from an even bigger disaster.

  1. Unmarked Vehicles

All of Century Construction’s trucks are clearly marked with our logo, and any other reputable local contractor – big or small – should also have clearly labeled vehicles. A crew pulling up in an unmarked or unkempt vehicle could be a warning sign this contractor isn’t from Magnolia, and may not have the best intentions.

If you do hire a crew that shows up in an unmarked vehicle, or with an out-of-state license plate, it is a good idea to jot down the license plate number and vehicle description just in case. If something does go awry at some point during the disaster reconstruction project, that information will help law enforcement track down the dishonest contractor.

Other warning signs when there is no visible logo would be not having a local phone number, not having a website, and not even having labeled business cards.

  1. No proof of insurance or licenses

In many states, contractors have to be licensed to work in that area. Not having a license is another major red flag. For reputable contractors, it is a minor business detail to have all the appropriate paperwork in the vehicles – including licenses, proof of insurance, etc.

You should ask similar questions about any subcontractors the company will use at your home or business.

  1. BBB Complaints

While you might feel pressured to hire a contractor on the spot, if there are some warning signs, doing a quick check on your smartphone of the company’s ratings on the Better Business Bureau’s website could be very telling. Be on the lookout for any negative or unresolved reviews.

  1. Offers to do work for

If you’ve been speaking with multiple contractors and suddenly meet someone guaranteeing to do the work for far less than the other guys, beware.

  1. Demanding the project is paid in full at the start.

Never ever ever ever pay  a contractor in full before they even get to work. It is normal for the contractor to ask for a 20 percent or less deposit to get to work, then request perhaps another percentage as the project progresses. But you should never be asked to pay in full until the entire reconstruction is complete, and you are pleased with the outcome.

Plus, whenever you do pay any money toward the project, be sure to get a receipt for your documents.

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6 Tips for a Successful Business Remodel

business remodelMaking the decision to remodel your business can be both exciting and horrifying all at once! It is a major investment that could cause a few hiccups in the short term, but really pay off down the road. However, it is important to make good decisions along the way.

Just like building a house, it is important to acknowledge your expectations and understand what it will take to make those expectations a reality. Spend some time thinking about areas where you might be willing to sacrifice a top-of-the-line finish in return for an upgrade elsewhere. Also, think about how to use the remodel to make your business more efficient, and your customers and employees happier and more comfortable in the environment around them. Also, consider the time of year you’re hoping to make the remodel. After all, some months in Pinehurst are hotter than others – some are wet, some dry. While we can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, we can try to beat her at her own game!

Okay, so we already laid out a few tips for remodeling success above. Now, let’s dive a little deeper.

  • Contain the construction areas

If you are going to be open for business during the remodel, it is a good idea to have the area being worked on contained if it is within sight of the general public. While not always necessary, Century Construction can rather easily create barriers to keep dust and debris out of customer service areas, or even offices where computers and electronics may still be in use. Containment may also be a good idea to keep customers and others out of areas that are under construction.

  • Remodel after hours

Right off the bat, it’s pretty likely you are going to pay more to have a crew working after hours. However, choosing this route can help keep your customers happier during normal business hours, especially if you run a business where it is important to have less chaos and noise. Having work done after-hours also allows the crew to work a bit more efficiently and freely than they can during business hours, meaning the project could potentially get done sooner.

  • Do your research

Any time you’re doing any kind of construction project, it is likely permits are going to be involved. While Century Construction can handle a lot of this for you, it might help for you to do a little research on necessary permits so you understand what all the paperwork coming your way means, and why there might be a slight delay from time to time waiting for a certain permit, inspection, etc.

  • Stay organized

Before a single tool is lifted, be sure you have a plan to keep your business organized during the process. That means putting important documents in a secure area, having a workflow in place for whatever new work may come in during the project, and even having traffic flow planned out for your employees and customers.

  • Be a good neighbor

We cannot emphasize the importance of being a good neighbor! If you’re in an office building, strip mall, or other location where you have adjoining neighbors, please be courteous and let them know before the project gets started. Century Construction crews work very hard to keep works areas as clean as possible, and vehicles, tools, and other items out of the way – but there is still going to be a pretty obvious buzz of activity at your business that may inadvertently affect those around you.

The last tip we have for you: don’t stress, and communicate! We will be communicating with you constantly throughout the project so hopefully, you never feel in the dark. However, if you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to speak up. Communication between you and your contractor, you and your staff, and the contractor and their crew are all vitally important to pulling off a successful remodel.

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Why you should Build your own Home

 

new home magnolia texasBuy or build? This is a question homeowner or soon to be homeowners must always ask themselves at one point or another. There are advantages and disadvantages for both, but it is something really special to walk into YOUR home for the first. YOUR home that you made up the plans and had the ideas for; a home that was YOURS from the beginning. Here are a few more of the advantages that go along with building your own home.

It’s a Smart Investment-

n an economy that has been shaky at best for a while now, having a dependable investment with high probably of an increase is worth is an invaluable asset in our times. In the United States as a whole, home values have gone up by 5.4 percent over the past year. In Texas, the median home value over just the past year has increased by 8.1 percent. When building your home, you can look at the market and evaluate what different aspects of a home have strong potential to increase in value over the coming years. You are the one in control and you get to make sure it gets done right!

New Homes Have More to Offer

 On average, homes built today opposed to homes built twenty years ago have approximately 700 more square feet of livable space. That’s slightly over the size of a two-car garage that you’re adding to your home! Not only do you have more space, but you have high quality, modern, improvements that have been made in home building over the years. This would most likely include less maintenance, new energy efficiencies, upgraded safety features, and many others that would require a lot of money and time to implement into an old home that you just bought.

 It’s Cost Effective

A few different factors figure into this, but if done right building a home will save you more money in the long run than buying a home would. Often when building a home you have the option of paying the contractors directly. You may also have the added benefit of working with an experienced general contractor who can get quality sub-contractors and save costs.

Therefore, the traditional markups most people pay for are omitted.

 Do it the way you want it

When it comes down to it. This is the reason most people build instead of buy. You can do it the way you want it from the beginning. A home is different than a house. A home is YOURS. You can buy a house and hope that it works out, that you’re comfortable there, and that you can make memories there OR you can build your home, and it will be your home from the beginning.

With all of this said, at Century Constructions Services we are here for all your building needs.  Based in Houston, but available throughout the entire state of Texas we are here to help your dream home become your actual home.

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Commercial Property Disasters!

Whether your commercial property was struck by a fire, flood, of even a fallen tree branch, damage to your property is always devastating in the Houston area. Your commercial building is more than just a place with roof and walls. It’s a place where you make a living and have invested a lot of time in. It is always hard to see damage where your memories are. The other issue with having damage to your commercial property is that the future seems so unknown. Will your insurance company handle the repairs? How will you be able to get life back to normal? These questions can be scary and leave you wondering about the security of your future.

You will never know when a disaster will strike, but we can help prepare you to know what to do when one does happen. If you have a plan to know what to do when a disaster strikes, you won’t have to worry about those big questions. Knowing who can help you with commercial disaster reconstruction ahead of time will definitely make you more clam, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

With most disasters, the faster you can start getting things cleaned up and get started on the reconstruction, the more you can salvage. Take water damage for example. The faster you can get the water cleaned up, the less of a chance mold and mildew will build up. Therefore, taking less money out of your pocket for the commercial disaster restoration process. Fires can leave chemicals behind that can destroy many of your belongings. The sooner you start the cleaning process, the faster you can get your property back to normal.

How do you choose the right post-disaster reconstruction company in Houston? You should always make sure that they have the capability of taking you through the whole reconstruction process. It’s always a hassle when you have to juggle between too many companies to get the task done. The reconstruction process starts by having a thorough assessment of the damage and then followed by a plan. Make sure to find a company who can offer a quick and accurate estimate so you can get the project covered by your insurance company.

Be sure to stick with the same company all the way. This will make sure that your project will stay on budget while staying on schedule. The reconstruction project will include demolition, building stabilization, and remodeling while making sure they stay within code to avoid further damages.

In the Houston area, Century Construction Services is your number one source for commercial damage reconstruction. Their team can help you clean up after your disaster and help finish by offering the reconstruction services needed to help get you back on your feet. The professionals at Century Construction will make sure to get your commercial property back to normal quick and effective as possible. Their team will even help work with your insurance company so they know exactly what is going on with the project as well.

Start Building: 4 Steps to Launch a Commercial Construction Project

Have you recently decided to start your own business, or perhaps expand your current facility into a new one? Let us start by saying congrats! That must mean your Pinehurst-area company is doing great things! The team at Century Construction Services looks forward to helping you lay the foundation, literally, and build the facility that will be the home of the future of your company, from the ground up.

Before the construction process starts, however, there are some steps to consider now that will make the process easier, later. Even the most well-planned, well-thought-out construction project can run into hiccups and snags. However, with a clearly defined course of action and vision, you can be ready and won’t be derailed.

  1. Create a budget, and make it realisticcommercial construction pinehurst

This means pen to paper, looking at statements, and considering all your financials. It’s easy for dreams to get big in the eyes of new opportunity, but the entire construction project will be much more pleasant and exciting if you work within what you can afford. A project manager or other team member at the construction company you choose should be able to sit down with you and talk specifically about what your vision will cost, what problems could arise, and so on. Creating a realistic budget, and a clear and concise plan protects both you and the contractor from complications during the partnership.

  1. Develop a Plan

It’s likely you have a very clear vision of what you future facility will look like. If not, that’s OK too, there are professionals who can help with every step of the planning phase. You must feel confidence about the design in the end because once the build begins, there is really no going back – at least without serious financial repercussions. Talk openly with your contractor about what you want, AND what you don’t want. Communication between all parties involved is key, and the documents should be coordinated between the owner, architects and design firms, construction company, and any other involved parties.

  1. Set a Reasonable Timeline

Create a reasonable timeline with an absolute final date – a drop dead date if you will. Rest assured that a reputable contractor, like Century Construction Services, will be carefully monitoring the timeline to make sure everything is staying on course. If there are unintended weather events or other complications, hopefully the middle of the timeline can be adjusted without affecting the drop dead date.

  1. Have Open Communication, Always

As humans, when we get frustrated we tend to act one of two ways: explode, or shut others out. During construction projects, emotions can run high! The construction company wants to see you happy in the end and is working hard to meet all your wishes. However, if you see something straying from the original plan set in place in step number two, say something! Likewise, if the contractor seems a looming problem, they should feel safe coming to you to talk it out and find a solution together.

Remember, the more you communicate with your construction company, the less room there is for misunderstandings and disappointments, and the more likely it is your project will turn out beyond your expectations  right on time.

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Home Remodeling in Houston

home remodelThere are a number of reasons why a homeowner may want to remodel their home in Houston. Maybe you just want to update the look of your home, or maybe you have outgrown your space, maybe you are trying to sell your home, or maybe there was damage done due to unruly weather. Whatever the reason, when you remodel your home you want to make sure you do your research and find a qualified professional for the job. You don’t want to take on big projects yourself and then have unexpected problems. You want to find a company that is qualified for the job and comes with good recommendations.

What exactly does it take to complete a successful home remodeling project?

Planning

Once you have decided on remodeling, you need a plan. Figure out what your budget is and go through each area of your home that you want to remodel. If you know what you want done in each room, start writing up the plan. If you need help deciding what to do, the builder’s project managers may be able to give you some insight.

You can work with the builder on deciding the things to purchase for each part of your remodel. It may be better to have your contractor make the purchase rather than doing it yourself. Professional contractors know the correct measurements and what is needed to get your job done efficiently. This can actually save you money in the long run. Century Constructions project managers work with you daily and help you stay within your budget.

Failing to have a plan in place can lead to numerous unfinished projects. All too often a homeowner will purchase materials with a vague project in mind and those materials end up sitting in the garage, or in storage until it is eventually forgotten. Or, you end up buying too much or too little, resulting in multiple trips to the hardware store.  Worst case scenario is that you try the do-it-yourself method and find out the hard way that the project is more than you could handle.

Getting started

Once you have your plan, you need to start working with your builder. Call them and schedule a consultation. Make sure you go over your plans with your builder and let them know what your budget is. Try not to change your mind too much once the process is started otherwise things may not be done on time and could end up costing you more.

When you find yourself thinking about home remodeling in Houston, don’t forget to make your first call to Century Construction. Our professionals are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Century Construction was also the Winner of Distinction of the Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Our qualified builders are here to help with all your remodeling needs.

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New Business Construction in Magnolia

new business construction

Are you starting a new business and in the market for a company to build your new space for you? New business construction can be an exciting time, but it can also be confusing and overwhelming.

We understand that there is a lot that goes into choosing a contractor for your new business construction in the Magnolia area. Here are just a few of the things to think about before you get started.

Finding a Contractor

There are so many contractors out there willing to take your money and start your project. The most important step is to make sure you have a qualified contractor. Century Construction Services have skilled and experienced contractors that can meet your needs in Magnolia.

We are available to help in the budgeting and design of your project. It is important to have contractors that communicate well with you and stay within your budget and vision.

Century Construction Services is the Winner of Distinction of the Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Find a contractor with a reputation you can trust.

Your Schedule

Century Construction Services offers high level of quality. We stay on schedule and have excellent cost control and quality control measures. Our controls are in place every step of the way, ensuring the clients satisfaction

Project Completion

Century Construction Services distinguishes ourselves from our competition by our approach to project completion. We want to ensure our clients satisfaction. The work is professionally inspected.

Century Construction Services also offers FREE project estimates. If you have any new business construction in Magnolia, Call Century Construction Services for more information about how we can help with your specific project.

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Considering a commercial construction project?

commercial construction magnoliaIf your business is growing or changing, you may be considering expanding or remodeling your business. Whether you are planning to build an add-on to your existing structure or build brand new offices, knowing what to expect during construction can help ensure things move smoothly throughout the entire process.

Choose a Qualified Contractor

Before construction on your property in Magnolia can begin, you will need to choose a qualified contractor to lead the project and aid in the design and budget stages of your project. Hiring a skilled and experienced contractor for your commercial construction project upfront can ensure that your vision is realized with a clear expectation for your budget.

It’s important to choose a contractor who you trust and can communicate well with. This will help ensure your ideas are heard and you are kept up to date on timelines and budgets.

Consider How the Change Will Impact Your Business

If you are remodeling or expanding your existing commercial building or expanding, it’s likely that construction will have an impact on your business and day to day activities. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your contractor and make sure your staff knows and understands what is happening during this time.

If you are constructing a new office or commercial property or are customizing a new space to fit your needs, consider how you want the space to work for you, as well as planning for potential growth in the future.

Call Century Construction Today

For all your commercial construction needs in Magnolia – whether you are remodeling or adding on to your existing space or building or configuring an entirely new commercial space, Century Construction can help. We will work with you from start to finish to help you realize your vision for your commercial construction project. Contact us today to discuss your next project.

Winter Residential Remodeling in Pinehurst

Once again, winter is here, and with the New Year right around the corner comes a sense of renewal. As you think about remodeling projects you might like to do in the New Year, whether you are planning on doing your dream kitchen makeover, a simple open floor, a cozy fireplace, or a small bathroom upgrade for your Pinehurst residential remodeling, here are some ideas to consider.

Remodeling The Kitchenkitchenremodel

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular home improvements. The kitchen is the heart of your home; where family and friends gather to talk, where the food is made and where many enjoy their meals. Even adding new lighting to your kitchen will help make your kitchen look bigger and more welcoming when guests come over. A kitchen island will give you a more inviting and open feel while also adding valuable counter space to your home. Kitchen islands are affordable and are both functional when cooking and inviting for guests.

Open Floor Plan

Taking out a dividing room wall is a popular way to maximize the space in your home. Converting to an open floor plan is an easy way to make your home feel bigger and gives you more open space to gather with your loved ones. A more open floor plan will give your more space to show off your home and make entertaining easier for your family. An open floor plan opens up the lighting as well as the space, and makes for a more inviting and functional area in your Pinehurst home.

Adding a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace can have a great impact on the aesthetic and comfort of your home. Installing a fireplace in your Pinehurst home doesn’t have to be a big project. A small fireplace in your living room is a great place to gather for a cup of hot chocolate. This is a great residential remodel to save energy and keeping the space comfortable for your guests in your home.

Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom remodels have become very popular, and you can do a total bathroom makeover or update a few things to make a big impact. A small improvement can go a long way when it comes to your bathroom. An easy way to make your bathroom feel up to date is to install a tile backsplash around your sink. Painting the walls can make your bathroom look brighter and more welcoming when you have company over, and updating outdated countertops, fixtures, or lighting can make a major improvement.

Residential Remodel Contractors in Pinehurst

Whether you are considering a large project in the New Year or have a few smaller projects planned, Century Construction can help bring your visions to life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to request a quote.

Dealing with Commercial Disaster Reconstruction in Pinehurst

hurricaneFloods, fires, mold, wind damage, these are all disaster that can affect Pinehurst businesses. When Pinehurst business owners experience the devastation of property damage or loss due to fires, floods and other natural disaster, they need to know they can rely on a reconstruction company that can restore their Pinehurst property in a fast and efficient manner. No business owner in Pinehurst wants to have to close down their facility longer than absolutely necessary. Closing those doors means lost time and money.

Damages related to commercial businesses can be complex and should be managed by a restoration company that has extensive knowledge, expertise and resources to get the job done right.

When disaster strikes your Pinehurst business, Century Construction can perform quick and efficient commercial disaster reconstruction in Pinehurst so you and your customers will get total satisfaction. Our certified professionals minimize any interruptions your Pinehurst business may be suffering from by quickly assessing the situation, determine the services needed to complete the best restoration possible, review those services with your adjuster, finish the job in a timely manner, and follow up to assure that you and your customers are completely satisfied.