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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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overall my experience at sierra meadows was a great experience from the affordable rent, the awesome staff and management in the office, the neighbors and neighborhood. It definitely is a hidden gem. I really want to highlight the office however. They are outstanding and truly understanding that everyone is human and life does hit you all at once sometimes. If you're looking for a affordable spot hidden in auburn I'd definitely recommend this place!
ENTIRELY ACCURATE WITHOUT EXAGGERATIONS: plain and simple, DO NOT MOVE IN HERE. I had to discard all of my furniture because someone in my building had bed bugs. I alerted the office the very moment I saw one and they reassured me that they would get a professional out and treat the entire building but that never happened. there are so many more horrible things that they have done/allowed to happen and still think its appropriate to raise the rent. Everything to flooding, garbage everywhere, kids with no parental supervision, animals (cats, dogs, raccoons, possums), MURDER (twice while I lived here), gang members, theft, drug addicts, and shootings. These people really do lie. I have not signed a new lease since October 2016 and are saying that I exited my lease early because I "signed" one in May 2017. This is false. I have asked for a copy of this lease and they are for some reason not taking my calls. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO SOMEWHERE THAT CARES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SAFETY.
COCKROACHES, crime, high rent, rent goes up every year sever mold, loud and old aluminum windows that let all your heat out in the winter ( and management tells you to leave them open in the winter to help with that mold problem) . Would not recommend,
DO NOT RENT AT SIERRA GHETTOS ! ! ! I had to go to the city of Auburn building inspector to get them to fix multiple issues that they promised would be fixed when we moved in. They'll offer a 6 month lease but, they'll raise your rent at least $250 per month at the end of 6 months. A stairway collapsed and cut the thumb off of one of the other tenants and it took them 4 1/2 months to replace the stairway. This management company staff are CONS imho. Oh and there's been 2 murders within 9 months on the streets alongside the complex.
Worst apartment to rent from. DO NOT RENT HERE!!!! No matter how many times you tell them the things that need to fix, they say a maintenance guy will be up but never does! !!!! I was pregnant back in 2013 and had a leak in my roof and they never fixed it! Washer and dryer didn't work for more than half the time I was there and there were roaches. They said no one else had any which is BULLCRAP. I talked to my neighbors! My lease was up but they still charged me 1700 that is in collection. Save your money, find somewhere else to live! They obviously don't care about yours or your kids health to have a leak with mold!
We rented the apartments for six months. And it was only for lay down once in a while. We never moved in completely, I mean not with the stuff. We gave them a 1 month prior notice to vacant the apartments. They never bothered to inform us to change the locks on us. And at the end they cut the money painting touch up and cleaning which was never used!!!! They even did not put our last month rent on last sleep, result, they end up taking money out of our deposited which we were expecting to come in full amount. Also, they rent my apartment even before we hand them the keys!!!!! Going to take them to court as we have all the receipts and proofs.
The worst place to rent an apartment from. Roaches and bed bugs all the time. Had them show up the first night after I got home from work. Notified the office staff of it tried to insinuate that I brought them, tried to tell me none of the neighbors had them. Well that was a lie the neighbors had them for months and the management did nothing she said. Moved to another unit still had roaches and they failed to tell us the couple next door fight day and night throwing things or each up against the walls. Vehicle getting messed with such cutting my fuel hose, trying to steal gas, license plates getting stolen, etc will tow your vehicle for no reason, but yet will let a peace of junk car sit in the parking lot for months and not tow it. Been two shootings where people died. Drugs and crime are bad there. After plates getting stolen and someone killed there we gave 20 day notice and moved. They never fixed the important things like the appliances or the toilet we replaced it ourselves. Didn't replace the drain plug in the bathroom sink. Kitchen pipes leaked too. Then instead of sending a bill with the charges we owed they just sent it to collections with no warning. A class action lawsuit needs to be filed against these scammers
DO NOT RENT HERE! My family and I moved into a one bedroom here back in 2014 and day two after moving in we noticed cockroaches and bed bugs. The managers never came to debug the place after going every week to complain. Repairs would never get attended to and the ladies in the office are rude. The super hot blonde is the only one who helps. Rent is too high and the fees are astronomical. If you rent here you will regret it and unless you make alot of money you will never be able to afford to get out.Drug deals are being made everywhere, cops take forever to come and the laundry room is occupied by junkies at night. Every attempt to get these problems fixed failed. The manager and owner don't care at all about safety or conditions. They don't clean the apartments or fix anything, they just make it look good enough for you to buy, but you will notice very quickly that nothing works in the place. The only good thing I can say is the ladies will work with you on late rent, but not late fees. They want you to stay, but make it hard for you to get things fixed. Trust me when I say any place would be better than here. Slumlords paradise.
Worst place I have ever lived. Horrible units. Multiple problems wrong and managers lie and tell you maintenance will come and they never do. When you call back they keep telling you someone will come and they never do. Dryer not working, hole in drain so my sink has a hole which shoots out water. They never set up both frames to hold the closet pole in so most of my clothes can't hang. HORRIBLE PLACE. Also there are roaches. STAY FAR AWAY...
These apartments are owned by a large corporation. This corporation owns many surrounding apartment complexes. The corporations managers are con artists. Please do not move into any of these apartments. You will be sorry. I can not disclose some issues but plan on rents going up due to a large law suit against this company. This corporation has a pattern with some hiring issues with employees. Please never fall into the speech the manager gives when trying to hire you. I have hired an attorney over a hiring issue of one of my family members. I have been assured by my lawyer that this case will not even have to go to court. We have so much evidence they will settle. This management team has messed with the wrong person this time. They do not even try to hide the pattern because they prey on young people that do not have the money to do anything about it. I have been blessed and do have the money to seek justice for all that have been hurt by this corporation. The review below is the truth. I hope this review has helped save some ones life and income. It will be on the news soon. I would rate this 0 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.