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1300 Barrow Industrial PkwyWinder, GA 30680
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In the event of a disaster that affects your home and property, what are your options?
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Do not work for these folks, they are crooks and very dishonest! I put in almost all weekend fixing machines for these folks that the laundry room was vandalized inside, they didn't pay the bill with they're set rate, nor did they want to pay the bill I made up. I was told to ask for permission before finishing a job. The laundry room was yet vandalized again and the manager said I never did the work to begin with. Totally not cool!
BEWARE!! DO NOT HIRE!!!!!This lawyer is very unethical and rude. He is nice in the initial contact, but once your check clears, you become a nonfactor. He represented a family member and gave our family the run around and out right lied to us the whole time. He is a slick, fast talker and treats you like you don't know or have rights. He was never prepared in court and extended the case out for no good reason. He does not correspond at all his client nor their family. We are very disappointed with the service he provided or lack of!!
They are not at this address... private home address for last twelve years.NO LONGER IN BUSINESS!!!!
He does real estate law, yet he told us wrong information. I found out more in a five minute phone conversation with the county tax commissioner than I did in two months worth of phone calls with him. Although voices were not raised or threats or foul language used, he hung up the phone on bothmyself and my husband on different days. He was unprofessional, at the least, and definitely a big jerk. Don't use him unless you enjoy headaches and someone holding your money months after it should have been returned!
Great and friendly service. The management was very easy to work with and always responded to problems or concerns in a timely manner. I highly recommend renting from Joiner. Management seemed to care about you as a person rather than just another rent check. Very personable and easy to work with.
Unfortunately, as requested, we paid the full amount the day they were finished. Cracks showed up the next day. We were promised by Mr. Barrow that they would fix them and actually at one point, a worker came and cut (crooked) through the concrete near 2 of the cracks but nothing has been done since. John Barrow was difficult to be reached right after the job was finished (but not before, of course, when he wanted the business). As he no longer answered phone calls nor emails, we were left with the cracks, but also an unsightly cut through the concrete in an apparently aborted but never revisited attempt to fix the problem. In addition, they never cleaned up.
Where do I even begin?.. First off, let me say that I'm not a Wells Fargo customer(Thank Goodness) but I have been in this branch twice in the last 4 months to make 2 different transactions. The first time it was to deposit an insurance check into my bf's acct. Well, to my surprise, the check wouldn't clear until about 2-3 days, even though it was a Wells Fargo check. Really? So I had to go to my bank( Suntrust...YAAY) which is luckily right up the street and cash the check, come back to Wells Fargo and deposit it. Ok, a bit frustrated but not too much of a big deal. This is the straw that broke the camel's back though. I went in the other day (8-17-15) to deposit cash this time into another person's account. When I walk in, there were already two people handling transactions with the tellers. There were 2 tellers open and lady who I assume was the "branch manager" or "head teller" at the last counter but wasn't open. But, she was chit-chatting with the one of the customers who was making a transaction with one of the other tellers. Meanwhile, it's me and 2 other people in line waiting to be helped....and the "branch manager" still talking and laughing. One man behind me leaves b/c of the wait, but when he walks out another customer walks in, so now it's still 3 ppl waiting, and waiting and waiting and the "branch mananger" is still talking and laughing!!! Are you friggn' SERIOUS???!!! So you're gonna act like you don't see us waiting?!! Wouldn't the most business professional thing to have done would've been to take care of your waiting customers? I understand that she may have not been a teller, but she was something associated with the "front end" so why not jump at a counter and say " I can take the next person in line. I'm so sorry for your wait, how can I help you today?". I mean really!! That is a case of bad management at a bank if I've ever seen one!! Needless to say I WILL NOT go back to the Gaines School Road Wells Fargo Branch!! Now hopefully, the other branches in my area aren't like this one!!
Great Service and Friendly Staff.
STAY AWAY!!!!! Do yourself a very big favor and Go to another agency or get your insurance online. Although extremely friendly and polite, the staff at this agency are the equivalent of talking parrots! They will promise you that they will take care of issues and not do ANYTHING! They don't even have the where with hall to inform you that they are doing nothing. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!! Much more reliable service online
DO NOT RENT FROM JOINER. They will not help you, they will nickel and dime you, and they charge you $21 to pay your bill online. My roommate and i just moved out and they took $110 dollars from our security deposit, and we left the place spotless- way cleaner than when we moved in. The building had fleas, and i had to spend my own money to spray them because they told me there was "nothing they could do." Our door didn't work, and the woman even made a joke about it when she was showing the apartment to potential tenants. She was like "man this thing is broken!" We were like, yeah and we have called you 4 times about it. They deserve less than 1 star.
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.