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Very nasty people that work there. Bad bed bugs eating the elderly people. No care for any people that live there!
lived here not even one month yet. toilet issues, never answer the phone. never return my calls. i would like new carpet, i ask over and over if someone would come and look...still waiting. not a happy camper.
I have lived at a Townhouse in The Arbors since April, 2015. Their maintenance is horrible at best! My air has worked a whole week and a half this entire summer. Every time I put in a maintenance request for ANYTHING it takes close to two weeks to get someone out to even look at the problem, which doesn't get fixed right the first time. The screens in EVERY window are either bent or don't fit the window. Since my central air doesn't work I am forced to keep my windows open - however, because the screens aren't meant for the windows they are in, I get all types of bugs in the apartment - including wasps (one of which stung me while I was standing in my kitchen. I had to contact their corporate office 2 weeks after my first request to get the air fixed - just to get someone to come over. Three men spent about 15 minutes dinkin' around with it...got it pushing somewhat cold air out. A week and a half later it was out again. I understand central air, and apparently screens, are not necessities - however they charge a ridiculous rent. Within that rent I pay for the amenities they said I would have. Here is a list of a lot of the problems this townhouse has had since I moved in (April, 2015):1. No central air (it should be noted, I live right next to someone who works in the office - her central air has worked like a charm this whole summer. Must be nice).2. Screens do not fit the windows.3. Wasps/hornets/bees nests are under a lot of the shutter facades that surround the windows.4. All of the drains were clogged when we moved in & continue to clog on a regular basis.5. The water is unsafe to drink. My husband, children, dog, and I all got sick when we first moved in. We now have to buy bottled water. Additionally, I have to clean the toilets/sinks/tub at least twice a week to avoid a black film sticking to it. 6. The basement leaks every time it rains.7. The fuses blow a lot8. Pieces of the window treatments break off whenever we try to open & close them.9. Anything that happens in the unit next to us can be smelled in our unit (smoking mostly).10. The water heater keeps going out and it makes my electric bill skyrocket.**Problems outside of the townhouse:1. The lights outside are always out - it is pretty creepy to try to walk to my vehicle with no lights. I have to use a flashlight at night - not because I'm scared (although that is part of it) but because it is so dark it's impossible to see where I'm going.2. The potholes will swallow your vehicle. Although I have noticed they spend a little extra time on the roads and grass that surround the office. 3. Vehicles get broken into on a consistent basis. It has happened to me as well. These people will steal ANYTHING (including my dog's tennis ball).***Code/compliance officers were at my townhouse two days ago - no warning, just popped in - and inspected the entire unit, top to bottom. I would like to hope this may benefit us or future residents, but I have given up on the Arbors altogether. If you're looking for a new apartment or townhouse in the Battle Creek area I hope you're doing your research and reading these comments. It will save you a lot of money and aggravation. The rent isn't that low to begin with and NOTHING is included. I thought I was getting a decent deal because the townhouses are huge - washer/dryer hook ups, LOTS of closet space & storage - but it's just not worth all of the problems that come along with it.
I haver lived here almost 3 years. I have enjoyed living here. The rent is so LOW I LOVE IT! This is the first apartment I have been in that actually had a big enough living room to fit all of my furniture. Not to mention built in dishwasher and microwave! I would recommend this community to anyone looking for an affordable CLEAN QUEIT apartment. Not to mention close to everything.
I stayed in a Williamsburg Corporate furnished apartment while I was working for Kellogg's. I found the experience to be very pleasant and noteworthy. The apartment was furnished very nicely and just recently updated. The staff was delightful! I would recommend this apartment community.
I am not happy with Lakeside at all! We have lived here almost 3 years. The first two were amazing! Great staff, great rates for our rent, but then they all left. We just got put under new management. They advertise like this is a good thing! it not. trust me. We have had an issue with our apartment for months we go to the office about it and they say "we will put in a work order" 2 weeks go by and it still isn't fixed, we go back "we will put in a work order" over it. I will live with the broken bathroom.... So then we get a renewal notice for our rent. They want me to pay $800 a month!!!!! When I moved in it was $725.00 then it went up to $745.00 fine, but $800....NOT! They advertise on Facebook "Buy, Sell and Trade" Free application fee, First months rent paid, No this, No that. Now I have TRASH yes I mean TRASH for neighbors. "look what the cat dragged in" is how I feel every single time we get a new neighbor. We have a neighbor that now thinks it is okay to smoke INSIDE. I have kids. nothing about you deciding to enjoy a cigarette is okay. The lake and the HUGE backyard are just about the only positive parts of this complex these days. I cant wait to get out of the apartment life. they all suck in one way or another but this one is slowly climbing up there with Teal Run, If you know anything about apartments in Battle Creek you know that is NOT a positive comment. The lady in the front office is just the icing on the cake. She has nothing on the skills that the old staff had. She is rude and short and never accomplishes what she says she will. It is jaw dropping how fast this complex has gone down hill. And the user below is correct!!! The Sewage smells is beyond nasty. It almost ties in perfectly with the smell of Cigarette smoke when you turn on your heat or air.
wow, my experience has been above average. i have a one bedroom with heat paid with a dishwasher at $485.00 when i checked around the other complexs charge the same amount for a smaller apt and the heat is not included and it did not come with a dishwasher. The manager and maintenance man has been great with me.
Williamsburg is a fantastic value for the money. My one bedroom apartment was very large, comparatively to other one bedroom's I've lived in. It has a balcony, ample parking space, it right next to the river and Linear Park Trail! I could not say enough good things about the location! I worked at the hospital, and the office staff seems flexible on rent specials depending on your employer. They were always polite and professional with me, although there are not many employees, so make sure you start off on the right foot. Any maintenance I needed (not much at all) was taken care of promptly. I would have stayed for a second year if I hadn't left the state, because it was a great value, safe and beautiful location, and overall pleasant experience.
I'm an active person and like to stay fit. I LOVE the park and biking/jogging trails across the street. They go on for miles and miles. There is also a Walgreens, Family Video and many places to eat within 2 blocks. Needless to say I'm very happy with my apartment and the location
This is a great place to live been here for 3yrs and management has been great also maintenance has been great they usually have any issue taken care right way !!
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.