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Our family has been going to Dr. Gasper since 2001. I'm a pediatric nurse and would describe myself as not easily impressed with quality of care and customer service. I am so impressed with Dr. Gasper and his staff that I asked if I could write a recommendation for them! His extensive knowledge and passion for dentistry & orthodontics alone is more than impressive, but what my daughter said to me one night is what will make us lifelong customers and friends. When our daughter was 6 years old, she started complaining of terrible tooth pain one evening. I looked in her mouth and saw a large abscess next to one of her molars. Having had a couple abscesses before, I knew how very painful this was. Before I could say anything, she looked up at me as tears rolled down her cheeks and said "Mommy, please don't pray for my tooth to get better because I really want to see Dr. Gasper tomorrow.". Wow. We have 4 children, and 3 of them have been to Dr. Gasper for both dentistry and orthodontics. Our oldest had severe TMJ and daily headaches, and just a few weeks into treatment, the headaches are gone. Our second child had severe crowding of her teeth and an under developed upper lip (her profile showed no upper lip, it was completely flat). Dr. Gasper is an expert in facial bone growth and not only gave her a beautiful smile, but she now has a beautiful full upper lip. Our third daughter has had a chronic stuffy nose for years, and just last month Dr. Gasper diagnosed her with enlarged adnoids and referred us to an ENT. He removed her adnoids and she is breathing freely for the first time in years! I also love the fact that he not only fills their cavities (and uses mercury-free fillings), but he also does all their orthodontics as well. If you have children, he is the BEST dentistry & orthodontics has to offer.
Dr Ryan Gardner is very considerate, caring and a great professional! Thank you Dr. G, for the great experience and quality work you have done on my teeth. He fully explains all the pros and cons of the treatment, so that I can make an independent judgment. He never leaves you in discomfort. His staff is also extremely helpful. Dr. Gardner has a great rapport with his assistants and hygienists. They work very well together. I was amazed at the superior care and true "human-ness" that he put into all aspects of my visit. He never "talked down" to me - neither did he apply pressure if I am not ready for the procedure. He took ample time to make me comfortable with the anesthesia and spent considerable time to do my restorations beautifully. My family and I have been very pleased with your professional, yet personable, service. The North Powers Modern Dentistry is more than a generic dental office; it's like a big family! Thank you Dr Gardner! Sincerely, a lifetime patient!
From the moment I told Dr. Waite my problems, I believe he was very honest with me. I have always been afraid of the dentists office, and the first time he drilled on my teeth for a bridge, I was petrified. I'm sure I must have made him a wreck because I held on to the chair for 3 hours, but by the time I visited for my permanent bridge I had complete confidence that I would be able to trust him and I don't believe I was even nervous. He told me he would call that night when I got the bridge to see if all was okay, and he kept his word and by the time the shots wore off my mouth felt great. Dr. Waite is an honest dentist and I would recommend him now to anyone. I am glad to have found this office and Mitch and the rest of his staff. Marla is always smiling when we go in too. I am looking forward to my cleanings also.
Tried to leave a review on the website and management denied it. My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and were disappointed. We paid a little more thinking we'd get a little more but the hotel was average. The free breakfast was very good and the staff was very kind and helpful but the bed was uncomfortable, our towels were dirty, there weren't enough outlets to plug our phones by the bed, we had to have our keys reactivated several times during our stay and the pool was too small to enjoy. If they added some outlets near the bed, added a memory foam mattress pad and extended pool hours later I'd consider staying again (for the waffles, of course. ;)
This place is awesome! I highly recommend it. Everyone is so friendly! They don't try to push you into something you don't need just to make money---after my appointment the other day, I am definitely switching dentists!!!! Dec 2016-Saw Dr. Ferguson--he is wonderful! I had to do an "uncovering" for my implant so I was scared to death it was going to hurt--him and his assistants were so nice-I didn't even feel the shots--so I immediately calmed down. Had no problems after--love this place. I also go for laser cleanings with Mel--she's very caring and is patient with my multiple questions---this is a welcomed change from my last dental office.
We hired First Light to help Mom with her medications, checking on her oxygen, assisting with showers, getting her to meals on time, and checking on her before retiring for the night. The caregivers are great people and truly very helpful with Mom's needs. Charlene is very caring and knowledgeable. Some elderly folks can be somewhat contrary, intimidating, and don't want to cooperate with anyone. Charlene does a great job when she slows herself down a bit. Shaylee is young, but with a bit more training, can be a great asset. Scheduling is great!! Kirsten is VERY accommodating and has been a pleasure to work with.
The hotel is located on a busy road just south of downtown, with several restaurants within walking distance. The room next to the pool was large, but had a tiny bathroom and an older TV. Everything was clean, but the mirror light did not work. The pool area and the lawn next to it were above average and inviting. At the other side, the breakfast was very basic only. Overall a good place to stay for one or two nights while in the Colorado Springs area without paying a fortune.
Fun and eclectic shop, merchandise changing regularly so each trip is a new experience, great brands and quality merchandise at seriously reduced prices. Staff always helpful and courteous. Natural Foods is two doors away, always a treat to stop at Tuesday Morning before grocery shopping. I've been a customer for a decade and thoroughly enjoy the store. If you're a Hobby Lobbyist or Michael's fan, stop in here, too; inspire ideas and might find a great deal.
I would highly recommend Front Range Mortgage for all your home financing or refinancing needs. There are not enough superlatives to describe my feelings for their team; Brian, Erin, Alexandra, and Michelle at the Arvada office are exceptionally knowledgeable and exceedingly dedicated to helping everyone who comes in their door and calls their number. I would not hesitate to call them again should I need there expertise. 5 out of out 5 STARS!!! M H M Arvada CO
I have been ordering from Current for many years now. Have always been satisfied until lately. My last two orders did not get processed correctly. I ORDERED 4 personalized glasses and only got 1. I was told I could not get the reduced price for ordering 4 and could not get the free S& H at this point I will be very selective what I order from.now on and will make a copy of my order for me to keep. Very disappointed at this point
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.