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This is what this business left on my street after they removed a mobile home from this lot and they also took a small chunk of asphalt out of our road I live about 3 houses down from this lot and I heard the glass break the red truck that followed the trailer had to have known but they left it for someone to run over another neighbor and I swept it up into a bucket so no one would damage a tire or it cause a wreck from trying to avoid it
I bought a back brace from this place. I wore it a few hours after I purchased it, I realized it was not a good fit for me. The next day I tried to return it and they would not let me. They said since I wore it, they could not take it back. That is ridiculous. Of course I wore it, how else would I know if its going to fit right. It was only 24 hours after purchase. No signage, no warning from the staff before I bought this back brace about this policy. I was only told "sorry, and that they needed to train their staff better." This is not how you treat customers. You can buy clothes and be able to return it, you can buy any kind of brace from Walgreen's or CVS and be able to return it. Even BritKare allows return within 3 days of purchase and BritKare has a sign posted. As a last effort on my part, I wrote an email through their website asking them to reconsider, I got no response. Be warned, if you buy anything from this place, they might not let you return it, for whatever reason they decided on that given day. even if its only been 24 hours from purchase. This 50 dollar sale as cost them all my future home medical business.
I broke down out at the Canadian river after midnight and within 45 minutes the driver was out there and towed us, truck and atv trailer, all the way down to the apartment on soncy and only charged us $175, even though it was so late at night and such a heavy load. Would definitely recommend.
National Home Health Care's been a pretty good place to go lots of things that I needed some wheelchairs manual and power chair to all kinds of medical equipment, etc... and medical supplies and so they are pretty good company deal with.The repair department is by far the very best repair department I've ever seen or had to use! They've got different people that have expertise in different things and so the repair department is Bar None to anyone, they are wonderful, professional and they're good and there very nice people, very nice people! and Elaine who's the receptionist and does the appointments is absolutely fantastic she's phenomenal she's a very nice lady and very good at what she does! So by far I love the repair department and I wouldn't change it for anything thank you!
They got me a wheelchair without the right joystick, so hot wired a switch directly to the battery, and forgot to order leg guards, so they used my 10 year old ones from my old chair that are worn out. I got a brand new chair that has so much that wasn't ordered right, they didn't even fix it the proper way when they messed up! NEVER use them for a new Wheelchair, they are not professional about it!
Had $800 worth of sports equipment come up missing told they get broke in by vagrants all the time and have police reports to prove it. They have no security or surveillance cameras at their storage lot. Try to tell me it was them that probably took my stuff when only sports equipment was taken if it was vagrants why did they not take 2 heavy jackets a blanket and a sleeping bag that were present those items would be very useful to a homeless person but those items not taken just sports equipment. so if this business knows it has a problem why have they not done anything to prevent re occurance? I would not use or recommend this towing company!!!
The drivers are alright but the lady in the office is rude and unprofessional you can't get a word out without her Talking over you then to top it off they hang up in your face not what i expected from the office I've used these guys for towing and never had any problems up until now
My experience was not a pleasant one, I would give his 2 repaimen 4 stars but I would not give kyle northup any they did work for our school district as a sub contractor for another company that received the bid for a sprinkler system and sod. They did not do a great job on install , did not level the ground hardly at all, hard to mow with deck mower so uneven, They had to come back replace some grass that died out. have had a problems with a couple areas flooding, called general contractor he came looked at the areas he determined to call sprinkler contractor who got the bid who sent out the sub contactor which was Northups clean cut. His guys came about lunch time is what I found out the next day unannounced after I specifically requested for a call when they arrived so I could meet with them and discuss the problem areas. They were here for about an hr and left with us not even knowing what they done. After they were called back about the other leak they did not even look at I found out they had replaced a buried head they found that could not even try to come up. In his own employees words ( you would have never known there was a head there, i know the spacing there is suppose to be between the heads and knew one should be there and started looking in that area and thats how i found the buried head just flooding out under ground.) They found same thing on the second leak a head buried and covered with dirt it could not pop up flooding under ground. His 2 repairman were very pleasant and knowledgeable. while they were there Kyle Northup called and wanted to talk to me they handed me the phone he proceed to tell me heads were not covered by warranty and when I told him they were not installed right to begin with it was a warranty problem he blew up and physically threatened me over the phone so his company will not have any more of our business
I. Had. A. Great Experience. With. Them n Grateful. For. All. They. Done. In. Helping. Me. Taken. Care. Of. My. Dad,. Arrvil. Redic.
Terrible... I mean It would've been cool if everytime the office people cut me off mid sentence they actually anticipated the next words out of my mouth but..... TERRIBLE
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.