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Living in small space doesn't mean you can't have a furry friend -- it just means you have to do some planning.
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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I love my Fountain Lake Family . Been here nearly 2 years and these guys have made me feel safe and secure and very well looked after here . Kelly Wallis the manager is amazing , her and her staff go above and beyond for all your needs . Nicol and Orlando in the office are lovely and quick to get your questions and any concerns dealt with quickly and efficiently . David and Vaughn the maintenece guys are also amazing friendly and helpful . Thank you fir making this wee community a great place to live .
Dependable, Expertise at it's finest
DUMP! They are taking advantage of hurricane victims. Prices are too high. They make you pay in cash claiming the wi-fi is down due to Irma, after you pay they turn the wi-fi back on. No cups, no nothing. German roaches overrun this place. The only lock is in the door knob, the deadbolt is non functional, chain lock & slide lock are broken as well. The only thing good about it is the AC but the owner just barges into your room to make sure it's set on 74. Terrible experience :/
Took our money did not get required permits and did not do work, he refused o honor his contract and stole our money.
Have tried constantly to contact Colleen or any human being at the Bradenton office for two months. Always goes to voice mail , they never return emails. I am in the UK... thank the Lord we do not run businesses the way you do. Shameful
My experience with Excell Contracting Services, Inc was impeccable along with there attention to detail
I lived here for a couple years and seen property managers come and go, some nice, some not. I'm so glad my lease in up in less then 2 months. Maintenance when they do come to fix a problem, it takes them weeks and it is never done right. They make promises that she never delivers on. They also makes up rules as they go on. This was once a nice place for the price, but now is riddled with drug dealers, plus drug paraphernalia everywhere. EX: Empty drug baggies, and even used needles that I saw 2 times in the last 60 days. Plus empty beer bottles all over the place. This is suppose to make myself and family feel safe here. .The upkeep is terrible. I haven't had pest control in over a year. I live on the 2nd floor and the walls are so thin, I can hear my neighbors full conversations. Not to mention, if the people above me just walk normally I can hear every step. I'm so glad my lease is up in 54 days from today, and yes I am counting down. My family and I do not fell safe anymore, and my 6 year old son should not grow up in an apartment like this. I will never come back and I will take this as a lesson. Everything is not what it seems. Cops are here 3-4 times a week. They even changed the name to Oasis because Belmont Apts has such a horrible reputation, but for some reason checks are still made out to Belmont. If this place was to get inspected there would be so many violations. I can keep going and going. When you come and look at these apartments expect the red carpet treatment. Once you sign your lease and have your 1st problem, please do not say you were not warned. People who have been here years are moving because of these problems and the new management team that took over that replaced the old one. Ask them for the corporate number and you will never get it. The only reason I am giving it a star is because you have to and it does not even deserve a star. One more thing make sure your cars and doors are locked as so many break ins happen here.There is only 2 reviews on this page and both negative which includes this one. On the link I am going to provide there are 23 reviews about Belmont and 22 are negatives. Just type in Belmont Park Apts Bradenton Fl with the link belowhttp://www.apartmentratings.com/.....Do more searching to find more negatives. My advice if you come look at a rental here before you leave and if you get a chance see if you can find a tenant and ask them.
I applied on line through their website. I was told that the Administration fee and deposit would be refundable. I applied under the $200.00 administration fee and security deposit of $99.00 is refundable if I was turned down or terms changed from what I agreed to or else I would have not applied. And the agreement was that the Administration fee there was a special that if moved in by 12/31 would apply towards first month rent. So I applied, next day I was told I was approved but I needed total deposit equal to 1 month not the $99.00 I had agreed to. And how long would it take me to come up with. I told Katie I was not prepared to do that and it would take me some time to come up with the additional deposit. I would let them know if I could proceed with it. Adrian my lease consultant called me to ask how long would it take to do and I advise him I don't know and asked about refund and was told it would be refunded. I emailed and also called Adrian to find out total amount that I would need to move in and I have the email showing that I would need $99.00 plus $1046.00 plus $45.00 plus the prorated amount of rent for current month. So not only was the $200.00 not applied and also $99.00 deposit plus $1046.00, when I agreed to pay $99.00 deposit and 573.61 pro rated minus $200.00 for a total of 472.61, plus $45.00 transfer of water for total of $517.61. Now it becomes $1,763.61 total to move in. I then email Adrian and again I informed him that I would not be able to do that. I told to refund me the Administration fee which again I was told he would mail to my PO Box address. A week later I called and Adrian was off and spoke to Katie and asked her about my refund. And was informed it would take 3 weeks. And about 20 minutes later she called me back and told me I cancelled the transaction so I get no refund. That is really a shady process was I was informed several times about the refunding moneys I had put there. They changed all I had agreed and no REFUND.
Warning: be worned if you are going to rent here do not signing anything (lease/pointless forms) before checking out the unit itself, take photos and document the condition of everything. Also keep documents of everything I got screwed over with legal fees and court fees? Really?! Dont ask why, not even the property servicer could explain that to me. When we moved out we got a letter stating there was a microwave missing fyi none of the untis come with one, plus they charged us for broken towel racks that were never broken, only loose which were loose before moving in. I recieved compliments on how well I kept the unti even by their own inspectors I even cleaned the unit before left it in excellent condition and am being charged $378 for "damages" and other "msc. Fees" I can't imagine how much i'd owe if it was in bad condition besides that, the manager is horrible, needs immediate termination i have no idea how she has a job with that attitude and the way she treats residents. The units are roach infested and contain mold, they make you sign a mold form that states YOU are responsible and at fault for it and they will not fix it themselves. They scam people when their suppose to give low income an equal opportunity to have decent living, they abuse of this. You have been warned. Please read other reviews and articles about this complex before determining wheather its worth it because you will find out. Unfortunately when I moved in, there were yet anyone to review about them.
If I could choose zero stars for this I would. 1 star is too much. I was duped into this place, they refused to show me an actual which I should have known it was a big red flag. They only showed me the model unit. The day I moved in I was surprised to see how old and run down my apt was. I've had nothing but maintenance issues, not to mention the noise all around me and everyone smokes. I have only used the pool once since it's so dirty and everyone at the pool smokes around the children. Management is extremely rude and don't care about any of your complaints. Once they get you in they tear you like crap. Everyone I've spoken to has issues with them and their apts. don't let the pics fool you it's all for show, the apts look nothing like it. I can't wait to get out!
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.