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Carol J was very helpful in helping us find our new mattress! We can’t wait to get it! We also got an adjustable base which we are really looking forward to. And to top it all off, got a new headboard. Our current one is a queen sized and after all these years we are finally upgrading to a King!
If you're in the market for insurance this is the place to go. A true one stop shop for all insurance needs. My wife and I are so pleased with the personal service and extremely friendly and professional staff.
Terrible experience. A lot of dishonesty and a nonchalant attitude. Work was poorly done and incomplete. I would stay away from this place at all cost. The worse experience I have ever had from a "professional" mechanic shop.
Great place excellent service nice staff great location wonderful selection good prices very clean
My sons new challenger is amazing! Mr. Westray was a great salesman and got us an excellent price! the dealership was very professional and kept high standards!
Great dealership! Michael Westray treated us amazing! they offer great service and great prices! Cant wait to show off my new ride!
Took in Jeep for muffler and speedometer told me they couldn't fix muffler even though they told me they could. They called me and said they worked on the speedometer and couldn't find out what was wrong. They said so far I owed them 90 dollars did I want them to keep trying to figure out what was wrong with speedometer. Said it could get up to 6or7 hundred dollars. I said no and they still made me pay the 90 dollars. Be ware of this company. If they can fix they still charge you. If this was a legit company they would send me my money back.
After going here, I cannot believe the good reviews I have read. It makes me think that the employees posted these to their own business review page. When I went in to pick up my car, which they kept for a total of 9 days when they told me it would only be 2 days, I noticed that my license plate was not on the car. So I went back to the office where the office manager, Teresa tried to tell me that my car wasn't brought in with a license plate??? We argued back and forth for a minute before the, presumable, owner chimed in and said that they had a couple of break ins on the lot but notified the police, and they just assumed my car didn't have a license plate to begin with. So I asked Teresa what my options were and instead of addressing me she kept retreating to the back room and hiding out. And when she finally came out and gave some kind of answer she was standing in front of me refusing to look at or acknowledge me, but instead talked to me through the owner. So they offered to give me $20 in cash (mhm no paper trail?) to go down to the DMV and get a new license plate, or I could file a police report and get a free one. So I requested that they call the police, to which they said they had already called three police stations and got no response. So I stood in the office and called the police in front of the two workers, and the police station immediately answered and sent down a cop. When the cop got there they said that the business never filed any reports of a break in. Also when they fixed my AC they had to take off my dashboard, which they ended up chipping in 3 different places in the process and when I said something they said "sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. You just never know" instead of at least owning up to their mistakes. The car was also returned to me ridiculously dirty. Long story short, this was the most disrespectful place I have ever done business with. They are unprofessional and have no standards.
When we walked in to the store, the sales person and what appears to be a manager were very accommodating, no complaint there. Although Ashley is not the place we normally purchase furniture from, we went ahead and bought the king size bedroom suite. Delivery date was set and we received several phone calls and text to remind of the delivery which was great. However, the day of the delivery, two guys were setting up the furniture in my bedroom and asked us to wait until they were done with set up before we could see check. They, for some reason, left in a hurry without asking to sign any paper or check the furniture for any damage. We thought it was a little odd that no paper work to sign, but trusted Ashley has delivered new condition product. Once they left, we realized top of the footboard has a damage (huge area where tape has been removed), which couldn't be fixed. Headboard has a huge scratch, which appears to be touched up with a paint (did not noticed of this damage). It appears knowingly they gave us damaged product from the warehouse. Which is why we are convinced no one followed up with us about the delivery or the product. Although the dresser and two night stands were in good condition, we will not go back to purchase any other furniture from Ashley HomeStore, ever!!! Dishonest, and no customer service. We are extremely disappointed. In hindsight, we should have stuck with the furniture store we always go. Do not recommend this store to anyone.
I had so many issues with this shop I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I brought my 2002 honda crv in to get my air compressor fixed which was estimated at $900. It was a common problem with the car and it had to be completely redone. Which I understood it took a few days to get my car back and when I did I was driving home when I realized the air was not getting cold. When I got to my house I realized that my car was hot and when I opened the hood it was steaming and fluid was spewing out of it. I called them right away and they had it towed there the next day that their expense. The next day he informed me that the radiator had a crack in it. I had brought it there with only an account problem and did not understand why the radiator had an issue now. He called me the next day an said my car was ready to pick up and told me that my radiator fan was not hooked up by his mechanic and they had replaced the radiator and the fan at their expense. For a month I had no issues untill my account stopped blowing cold, I took it on the next day they kept it all day and then informed me it was a hose that was old and needed to be replaced again they fixed it and I was without a car for a day. I picked it up drove it for another day and then the AC again quit blowing cold. I brought it back they kept it for another 2 days and told me it was the hose again. I drove it for about two weeks before I needed to pop the hood to check the oil (it has a leak so I check it fairly regularly) only to find that the hood would not pop. No one had touched it since then so I brought it back. I left it with them. When I came back later that day he told me they had fixed it but needed to show me. So I came only to find that they had cut the wire and had no connected it back to where it should be but had just Jerry rigged it in the front. By this time I didn't want them to touch my car so I left. Overall it was a stressful bad experience I will say that they did try to fix most of the issues.
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.