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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.
1807 W Slaughter Ln Ste 490Austin, TX 78748
From Business: ARC Southwest provides Pediatric, Extensivist Medicine, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine doctors, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Podiatry, General Surgery, and Rheumatology. We make health care easier with on-site lab and radiology services, Same-Day appointments in addition to the added convenience of a self-check in opti…
3816 S 1st StAustin, TX 78704
I highly recommend this Clinic. I have been a patient since around 2004 and every time that I request for an appointment I receive a prompt and timely schedule and in a couple of instances for the same day. The receptionists are always friendly and courteous. The same applies to the Doctors, Nur…
6811 Austin Center Blvd Ste 300Austin, TX 78731
We were given the name of two ENT's for referrals. Thank goodness we chose Dr. Dhruva! He was great with my son. He showed us the tubes that were to be placed in our son's ears prior to the procedure and after the placement. I rated Dr. Dhruva and his staff five stars based on how my son was …
4515 Seton Center Pkwy Ste 220Austin, TX 78759
I went to Dr. Kravitz many years ago because he was one of the few doctors that knew about Marfan Syndrom. He was warm and extremely understanding. Unfortunately, after loosing insurance, I had not been back to him in a while. I started going back to him again and he's even more wonderful. …
11111 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78759
Dr. Kravitz has saved my mom's life a few times. Even in the most hectic of times, he makes you feel as if he has all the time you need. His diagnostic skills are fantastic. I have seen him pull out medical books and the computer to find out what is wrong. He has seen mom through many diffic…
10401 Anderson Mill Rd Ste 110bAustin, TX 78750
Main beef today is that I needed a 24 hour clinic. I purposely searched for them and 4 came up. I drove all the way over there and they were closed. I think this also happened 2 years ago when I worked nightshift. Sleeping beauties need to update their website if they are not really 24 hour anym…
12174 N Mo Pac Expy Ste AAustin, TX 78758
I want to say I liked this practice. I did, at first. It's a beautiful office. People were nice.Then, at my 20 week ultra sound, they couldn't get a good view of the baby's heart. Come back next week. I do. I leave thinking everything is ok, I get a call later that I'm being referred to a…
4107 S Capital Of Texas HwyAustin, TX 78704
From Business: Ridgway's is one of the leaders in the large format color production in the industry. Based in Austin, Texas, it has changed its name as ARC, offering a host of reprographic services. The company engages in various services pertaining to digital publishing, color printing, document logistics, computer-aided design (CAD) co…
1301 W 38th St Ste 102Austin, TX 78705
From Business: If you suffer from pain in your joints, muscles, or tendons due to an injury or medical condition, then simple day-to-day activities, like walking or playing with your children, can be difficult. And it's almost impossible to play sports or lead an active healthy life. ARC orthopedists can help. Our orthopedists can provid…
4315 James Casey St Suite 200Austin, TX 78745
From Business: ARC South OB provides full-service Obstetrics and Gynecology for women of all ages. We make your visit easier with on-site lab and ultrasound services and if you have questions after hours, our phone nurses and on-call physicians are available 24-7. Labor and Delivery is provided at St. David's South Austin Medical Center,…
Po Box 201842Austin, TX 78720
From Business: If you need an Austin, TX, electrician, Arc Fault Electrical Services is the locally owned and operated company with the experience to help. Regardless of the size or scope of your electrical project, our knowledgeable technicians have the combination of tools and skills necessary to deliver dependable results every time. …
11714 Wilson Parke Ave Ste 150Austin, TX 78726
From Business: ARC Wilson Parke offers Allergy and Asthma, Extensivist Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and on-site lab and radiology services. ARC Wilson Parke also offers Cardiology services through the Seton Heart Institute, for more information call 512-324-2708. We make health care easier with Same-Day and A…
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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Excellent Staff! It starts at the front desk where you get a warm friendly greeting from Dawn & Kelly who help you with scheduling & insurance. Then there are the knowledgeable & skilled therapist that I normally see, Julie, Leslie & Monica who are all compassionate & very helpful. I've also seen Didi a couple of time & I can highly recommend her as well. In the exercise room I usually see Kristina, Mindy or Omar & I can strongly recommend them as well as they are friendly & knowledgeable. I've been going there for around two years & it's been a very good experience.
Do your best to rent from someone else.Five star for expertise because hear people know exactly what they're doing. They know exactly how to systematically keep the advantage over their customers.One star for everything else.Debbie in the office never once spoke to me in a friendly manner, despite my attempts to have professional conversation. They refused to fix a fence after a storm knocked down a fence already on its last limb, until I had my attorney send them a letter. They charged me a double deposit and first and last months rent up front. Their justification was that I had a POM on my criminal history.The property was not ready by our move in date by five days, but no proration was done for the first month. I am being charged, however, three times the rate for daily rent because I took two days to give the property a thorough cleaning before surrendering keys to the property.Long story short, these people are not looking out for your best interest and are generally unfriendly people in my experience. Shop elsewhere!
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Neil Lobos has been THE BEST to work with. I have used him to help me purchase and sell real estate. He negotiated an excellent price for me to buy my most recent property AND helped me RESELL that same property months later for a 50% profit! Neil's level of communication and work ethic is top notch and I will only work with him going forward. I recommend him to all of my friends and family.
The worst property management company that has ever existed and I wish I could rate them a zero. Take these reviews seriously. Its unfortunate they have saturated so much of Austin.They have had realtors in our apartment and random maintenance with little or no warning. We pay over $1500 in rent each month, yet have people randomly show up in our apartment several times a week. They have NO respect for your privacy at all.The place is not built well, draws are BROKEN, the wall is cracking, the tree in our back yard must be dead, wood fence around our house is ROTTING. The windows have no locks, just tiny window clips and my neighbor got robbed. Our gas was installed incorrectly so we had cold water for the entire first week. We also have had roaches. When they were showing our property they LOST the keys in the lock box outside and had to change all of our locks. They are so incompetent its baffling. When we first moved in, we signed a lease specifying a different house number than we lived in...the mail man had to inform us why we weren't getting any of our mail... They are so unorganized or just dumb.
Debbie has been fantastic, she always responds very quickly and handles everything quicker than expected. She's a true jewel of the company.
My husband and I got to looking at the housing market in early October. The Roman Lopez Team was right there by our side every step of the way. We ended up finding our dream home and our relator Claude Albarran jumped on it for us. As soon as we went under contract, he pretty much became our right hand man when we needed anything. He was there at all hours for us to answer any questions that we had. Even if we asked them twice. He was always professional and overall just a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend using the Roman Lopez Real Estate Team when buying or selling your first or next home.
Be aware before you buy!I don't want you guys have the same issue as mine. I have waited new house for six months in East side of Austin.My wife and I were extremely excited for new house. But Sales associate of Centex in Austin, called us today (he has barely called us even when we ask him about house several times) and said we had to change our closing date again due to stove issue although closing date has been changed three times already and all appliances worked fine during our final walk. I was wondering why the stove had issue and he called us a day before closing date. When I went to our new house to see if it had other issue after phone call, broken glasses were around back yard. There has been broke in and both stove and microwave were stolen. The gate of backyard didn't have lock(the backyard gate and garage had locks on before final walk), so I guess thief came through that. The sales associate lied to us and hide what happened to our house. Also, he said Centex is not responsible for our house and extra moving expense now. We all know buying new house is stressful. So it should finish like great smiles from Centex advertisement to offset hard time at the end. However, is it really only thing we can do now is complaining at final survey about crew of Centex? Is it what Centex wants from customers? I have all pictures, texts, Emails, and documents from day 1. I can share if one of you guys want to see what happen to us. We have had multiple issues other than this theft issue. I hope other people can smile rather than having huge mental stress like us. Thanks for reading
Easy to work with. I like having the local office in Dripping Springs. Their staff is always helpful. Highly recommend!
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.