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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.
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.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
HORRIBLE!!! They are the rudest most unprofessional company I have ever dealt with. They did not do anything correct. DO NOT USE THIS CONPANY!!!
worst place to live filthy roach infested, loud music blaring from apts. management does nothing about it. management are also scam artist.
If you are looking for a place to live...look elsewhere! Nothing but problems with this place. I lived there less than a year and had maintenance there countless times because there was always something wrong. Make sure you're home when maintenance comes! If you don't own dogs and like living in a quiet place, this isn't the place for you, you will hear dogs barking day and night...people also love to slam their doors all day and night as well. Management doesn't ever seem to care about any issue that is raised to them, so don't waste your breath. Don't be fooled by the "free heat", it still affects your electric bill because you pay to run the furnace. This place is way too overpriced for a small apartment with loads of problems...look somewhere else to live, it may be in a good neighborhood, but it is NOT worth the money!
You guys are excellent at managing my property. I truly thank you all for all your hard work. You guys make my life less stressful.
Thank you very much for taking care of the door issue.
Recent maintenance repairs were great!
I would like to say on behalf of everybody in the south, people in this community are ruuddee. I would say half of the people in this entire community are old white people, very uptight, non easy going, terrible residents. The residents are racist, unfriendly, and the leasing office does nothing to help my stay. I have been the most courteous, nicest, stand-up resident, never complain, very patient with the entire community and I get nothing in return but nasty looks, anytime a resident visits and I'm running around the complex I hear "How safe is it here?". I have no privacy. If you're going to pay $900/month for a one bedroom, do NOT live here. I have gotten the cops called on me 7 times since living here for noise complaints. The COPS get to the door and they say the same thing every time, "Aw man, its not that loud." Either the walls are paper thin or literally everybody wants me gone. I've never been treated this way in my entire life. DO NOT STAY HERE.
I am giving them one star only because of location. This place is horrible. I lived here from 2007 until 2014 and yes I have seen all of the many staff that has come and gone. I will go on record to say that every comment made about the Assistant Manager Carina. She is a joke. She runs everyone and does try to use intimidation. I lived here because I had no other options at the time with my 4 children. The harassment level was thru the roof. I never was able to have a single order completed to have anything fixed. Every time I went to the office she complained about something else. in 2014 I was approved for a new house and I was able to leave this hell. Oh but not first being cursed out by MISS CARINA. She and I were literally yelling at each other, where she admitted that she will not allow me to leave my lease one day early (although my neighbor was allowed to leave her lease 2 weeks early). She then called Union Township Police to come to my apartment to have my moving crew (TWO MEN AND A TRUCK) to be escorted off of the property (thankfully I had already moved everything out and they were here just to be sure everything was out). She was then told by the officers to meet me the next day to have they keys returned and she never even showed up for work. Long story short, she is charging me 125.00 to replace carpet throughout my apartment (315 south) that was damaged during the fire that happened 2 days after I moved in. I have never dealt with more immature people in my life. I agree with other when they said that if you have no where to go, this is a ok place. (being as this is a INCOME BASED apartment) but be careful. The Bedbugs are horrible, and they never fix anything. And just as everyone says, you only deal with Carina, and she will walk all over you. The rules apply that you can only have a person stay the night with you for 14 days out of a 6 month period. They have cameras in the hallways now to only watch she is coming and going from apartments. I know this because when the man down the hall from me had his apartment broke into they were unable to help the police with the camera footage, but could see how many times my boy friend was there. Good luck to anyone who is living there or who plans to move there
Beechwood villa has a manager named Carina who violates and makes up section8 rules as she pleases. They also have bed bugs and rats. I've tried calling the district on her but they are related to her so I'm going to put the word out everywhere until somebody stops her from playing with people's lives and voucher money. No I'm not an angry tenant or ex tenant, I'm just sad to see people who need to live there get a numb deal because she has a attitude and doesn't care about her tenants or property because she doesn't live there. (I've actually heard her say that and have a recording).
I looked at the reviews others wrote, and I had to make an account so that I could comment on how inaccurate the majority of the information is. PLZ READ ALL... I have been living at Beechwood for over 2yrs now, and the good thing about being here is that you are not far from a good school district (for young & older kids) food, the park, shopping, groceries store, pretty much whatever you could need, and if you dont work in the area or just wanna get out, the highway is less than 5min away. I wrote that 1st because I didn't want to be totally negative. Now, whoever said something in reference to the pool is a liar. There has been no pool here since 2009. A friend of mine who stayed their had to come to our apt. Pool to swim. There is a lot of unused space that can be better utilized out back but it is what it is. Now as far as management, the asst. manager is the only one who has managed to keep her position for any length of time and unfortunately (as someone else stated) she does have a consistent bad attitude that makes you very uncomfortable talking to her. Kind of like your bothering her and your less than her. From me going from visiting people here to moving in I have seen Mantinance, janitor, even managers come & go. However, you never know what goes on in the front office so I can only comment on what I've seen and experienced. I do have a feeling that the group that's here now will stay around due to the fact that they all do what Carina (asst manager) says. GETTING TO THE POINT... If you need to save some money or can't afford to move where you want, this place is okay TEMPORARILY. Just stay to yourself!! Watch your car. I've seen kids vandalize cars & that's where parents who just know they have perfect kids come into play. There are a few drug dealers/users and bad a** kids, parents who act like teenagers, but their everywhere nowadays. Can't blame management for that. That my reader if your still with me :) is an accurate & honest observation/description of Beechwood Villa. 80%=bad 20%= what you make it (which can be added to the bad very quickly if your not careful). It's honestly like a job. nobody really wants to be here, the boss sucks, but one day you know/hope you'll be outta there!
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.