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2200 Forest Ridge DrBedford, TX 76021
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1501 Tennis DrBedford, TX 76022
do not live here unless you don't mind your friends or relatives cars being towed all the time even if they park in the "VISITOR" parking way at the back of the complex. Our car was still towed. We were only there between midnight and 5 am and it cost $293 double most places to get i…
2301 L Don Dodson DrBedford, TX 76021
Stay away! AC unit goes out and they piece together fixes 3 times in a row and never replaced the unit. Received electric bill $150 more than normal because unit runs non stop and lowest cool point is 79 degrees. They still never replace unit 163 when we left. Poor person who gets that apart…
1401 Shady LnBedford, TX 76021
I have lived in these apartments since 2005 and the proper continues to deteriorate every time management changes. Please don't have an "emergency" on the weekend. Maintenance will rudely call you and tell you that your situation isn't an emergency and you have to wait until Monday. Since when i…
Living in small space doesn't mean you can't have a furry friend -- it just means you have to do some planning.
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I have used this business 5 different times from June 11, 2011 to June 2015 for repairs and remodeling jobs. Mike Sudman does excellent work. No worries of jacking up the prices and seems very honest too. For me he has done a GREAT job.
2 years I've lived here, and that's only because of location . The management has changed numerous times .my rent goes up substantially every lease signing which is expected but not if the property takes a plunge ! They are either to cheap or to incompetent to leave the exterior lights on outside and being a young single lady its very frightening because its pitch black and No one would be able to see if something were to happen, not just that I live on second story and if I fall down the stairs because I can't see they will have a bigger problem than just an elec bill! My washer went out and unfortunately I live by the only laundry facility that still takes quarters and there's only 3 small washers in that facility anyway and 2 of them are full of the smelliest most disgusting black water I have ever came across, for an entire month if not more! The new management could care less about the residents here but they sure do expect you to keep up your part of the lease while they dont hold up their end. I wish I would've moved after the first management left that was the only one who really kept up on the property in my opinion. This place is not safe ,watch your cars and your apt lock your doors at all times if your going to live here. They may look okay on the outside because they sure have spent alot to spruce up the outside , but once you're in you may just wonder why you didn't just go to an all bills paid dump, because that's basically what your getting here except you will be paying your bills + 70 dollars more each time you sign your lease. P.S. No parking and towing very enforced so make sure your company has mace or a weapon because they will most likely have a long dark walk to your apt when they park in the guest parking.
Make sure you walk your property with this apartment complex when you move out. Just moved out and they sent me a bill for $1700. I guess cleaning an apartment and cleaning the carpets making the place look better than when you moved in amounts to nothing these days.Further more the people that live here constantly leave trash in front of their doors and dumpsters.You often will not be able to find parking because you will have units with 3-4 more people than they can hold.The grounds look great from the front, but are totally trashed around the property. Large areas where there is no grass. Mainly because they have no pet clean up stations and people refuse to clean up after their pets. You guessed it you will also have to watch out for that as you are walking around.The laundry room is useless. Granted they are cheap, but most of the dryers are broke.Last, trying to get in and out in a car is a pain. You have 2 huge blind spots so you cannot even pull out of the complex safely. I have been almost hit numerous times going in or out of the complex.
I have lived in these apartments since 2005 and the proper continues to deteriorate every time management changes. Please don't have an "emergency" on the weekend. Maintenance will rudely call you and tell you that your situation isn't an emergency and you have to wait until Monday. Since when is not being able to use your kitchen sink NOT an emergency? I would not recommend anyone to move here.
Stay away! AC unit goes out and they piece together fixes 3 times in a row and never replaced the unit. Received electric bill $150 more than normal because unit runs non stop and lowest cool point is 79 degrees. They still never replace unit 163 when we left. Poor person who gets that apartment is going to have to go through same problems beginning of next summer. Final inspection check out you can leave the apartment completely spotless and cleaner than when you find it. Girl went around and wrote up $200 worth of bogus cleaning fees to take your deposit. I have lived in 4 different apartment complexes in my life and have never felt so taken advantage of than from these people. They are thieves and would recommend people look else where. Sorry for the negative review but it is well deserved.
Do NOT rent from this place the apartment manager is very rude and when you are 3 days late they will start eviction on you and not work with you! I was never late before and paid in advance before. here is the breakdown of what she charged us which is excessive late fees in a court of law! When my lease is up we are moving OUT and tell everyone about them and don't move here. They also run lawn care blowers starting at 7am in the morning 3 times a week all day long and the fire they all always working on the fire alarms. By LAW (HUD) we have a right to a peaceful living environment yet we don't which is against the law. They also charge you for trash pickup rather you want it up or not to paid a friend yet you don't need it for the community is small and you can WALK to the dumpster yourself to throw your thrash away yourself. HERE is what she charged me for being late: The day she put the attorney fee on it too she didn’t file too or need for we talked to her and told her we was paying that Friday and she knew it and had not filed yet still charged us this anyway. We found out from the maintance man she had rented our apartment out to someone else too and wanted us out. So being how she couldn’t get us out she is over charging fees because she is mad. We don’t know why when we never gave them any trouble and was good renters and quiet and paid early till we lost our jobs this ONE TIME!06/01/2013 Rent : $799.95 06/04/2013 Late Charge : $75.00 06/05/2013 Late Charge : $10.00 06/07/2013 Late Charge : $20.00 06/10/2013 Late Charge : $20.00 06/10/2013 Late Charge : $40.00 06/10/2013 Late Charge : $10.00 06/10/2013 Attorney/Legal Fees : $106.00 Balance Due: $1,080.95
DO NOT RENT HERE!!!!!!! Had my vehicle "daily driver" towed over night. I was told it was labeled as an " abandoned vehicle" . no stickers, no warnings that it would be towed. There was absolutely no reason it should have been towed. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! they wouldn't own up to their mistake and I was left to front the bill!
I've been here for and year and a half. Terrible air and garbage disposal Dog droppins all over the lawn...I ruined a pair of shoes just walking to get my mail. I agree with below in that they've increased rent twice recentlyThey tow cars every night plus be prepared for dings in your car door because of small parking spaces. One lady hit my brand new car so I moved it for just one night. The next day I had plans to go pay for the spot but when I left for work, my car was gone. It costs 214.95 to get it back. People don't just swim in the pools, but have parties out there so it's impossible to swim in peace or sleep on the weekends. They do not respond to your requests quickly. I too am looking at other options for housing. For the hassle of parking, noise, Cats run freely and people do not keep their dogs on a leash.I can say the grounds are well kept. I wouldn't recommend them.
This company is a fraud, they go under different names, he also has went under 1-800-roof plus. Lee has ran off with our money after the job has been completed. He will lie and say the home owner didn't pay, or refused to pay in full, then when you call the home owner you will find out that he did pay and has no problem at all, and hopes you get payment. We are trying to take them to court, but they have 7-10 false addresses and phone numbers.
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.