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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Helped my son replace the engine in his Jeep but we couldn't get it to start. Took it to Randy at RGS and he quickly found the problem and we were out of there in less than a day and for around $100 bucks. Excellent service and very prompt.
Keith Semmel has done construction work over the years and I cannot recommend highly enough. Courteous, professional, affordable and a very nice guy, as a bonus.
♧ I Highly Recommend Keith Semmel Construction: They are Fast, Proficient, Punctual & Personable. The "Attention to Details" was Very Impressive. They Always left the Work Site Clean., which is an Added Bonus! Worth Every Dollar and More.
RGS AUTO ! Really got screwed stay away from this business. Brought my boat in for simple tune up 700$ later with out a phone call to. Authorize work then see receipt of services performed 6 cans of carb cleaner. Put boat in water go forward and the shifter is connected wrong it went. Into reverse brought boat. Back more problems I could go on but if you want your money and your boat / car go run right go somewhere else randy is a scam artist
My faith in humanity and good and honest car mechanics was restored by the guys at the South Pacific Auto Sales. Compassion I had received from them relaxed me as I knew these guys would do everything possible to help me. My story with South Pacific Auto Sales started in 2013, when I bought my 2011 Ford Escape SUV from them and Matt McCormick a sales manager personally helped me to choose the car that would fit my needs. Some time had passed and I had moved from Albany to Corvallis. When my service engine light went on, I went to a mechanic located in Corvallis, who seemed reputable. He run some tests and his recommendation was to replace the engine with a price tag of $6000. Needless to say, I was devastated. After initial shock a worn off, I decided to go back to the South Pacific Auto Sales for a second opinion. And I am so glad I did. When I came in I was welcomed back by John Bracken who gave me his word that they will try to find out what the problem was. At once I felt that these guys cared and understood my pain and fear that were tearing me apart.Steve Hensley was about to leave home, but decided to stay and work on my SUV, long after his working hours. He run the initial test and said it might be an electrical problem and asked me to come back on the next day. Those were the words of hope I needed to hear to get me through the night. When I came back in the morning, Steve worked on my car for 4 more hours, did every possible test and replaced the spark plugs and his final opinion was: "yes, I have the small problem, and no I do not need to replace my engine!" I heard other stories from their customers who feel just as I am, thankful to be a part of the South Pacific Family. I am grateful to these wonderful guys who care so much about the customers that they take the impossible and make it possible to make them happy!
I am a tough customer sometimes, but they were able to deal with me in a respectful manner without a problem. I enjoyed buying the car there. I love the vehicle and feel that I got the deal I was looking for with honesty and integrity. It is very important for me to have businesses that I am loyal to and go to these businesses knowing I will be treated with respect and honesty. South Pacific has acquired a new customer. Try here first!
I have bought 2 cars from South Pacific Auto Sales. I've never have had any problems and when I've had just questions, their knowledgeable staff have always been able to help me. With my last car, my sales guy was not in town but with him on the phone and the sales team at the lot were able to get it all worked out. I love my new car.
This man will screw you the first chance he get I spent 350 on his labor and about 200 in parts and another 160 in tow charges because he had not even tried to fix my truck man was I dumb to trust this man with my baby
Finding this shop was the hardest part of making my decision to do business with them. Dane is very honest and forthcoming when he tells you what he thinks is wrong and how it should be fixed. He does free estimates and makes sure that what he quotes is what you pay. Integrity is hard to find in an auto shop. Thank you Dane for making this an easy decision for me.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. 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.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. 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.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because 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 with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. 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. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. 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. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.