I've been going here since I mloved to Erie (3 1/2 ) yrs ago. Amy has been my hairdresser the entire time. She is very personable w/m e and her other customers. I'm almost 59 yrs old and I ask her opinion on what would look best on me. She was extremely helpful to me w/ my hair and applying my make-up; for my wedding last Sept(11). I have been gettkng the 'textured' perms kince I've been coming here. I love them !! My hkir has lots more body than before. Also, the Eufora hair productsl are the best products I have ever used on my hair.They do not leave a build-up on my hair. They a bit expensive, but I would never go back to using my previous Nexus or Paul Mitchell p;roducts. They are by far the very best!!! I couldn't be more pleased with them or Amy. My hair is healthier now than before I started coming here. I will never stop coming here. It is all worth the money!!
Eric is the best chiropractor I have even been to! I have been with his practice for over 13 years, he has adjusted me through 2 of my pregnancy's and all 3 of my children from birth. Eric has help ed my children over come ear infections, bowel issues, falls, and the brutality my son's body incurs from hockey and football. When one of my children get hurt or does not feel good they tell me they need to see Eric because he will make me feel better! I do not know what my family would do with out his chiropractic care. He always explain everything to the kids and myself so we understand what's going on with our bodies. The office staff are friendly and always willing to work with my hectic schedule.
I love going to Panache. From the minute I walk through the door, I relax in this beautifully designed, world class salon. The support staff is always respectful and accommodating and makes every effort to assure that I am comfortable and satisfied. Likewise, the professional staff, and they are indeed professional, provide me with superior quality care. Whatever services I treat myself to, the artists at Panache maintain an open dialogue with me, listening and responding - almost as if they are partnering with me to make me feel my best. Always, when I leave Panache, I feel restored; I feel pampered; I feel my best.
They did an advantageous job! Everything turned out as planned, and is even better than i had expected it to be! The workers were open to suggestions and ready to work everyday rain or shine! The workers were respectful, and very cooperative! I would reccomend Mottco Builders to any person looking to have work done. I was very content with the results, they are one of the best construction companies i have ever had work done with, I highly reccomend calling Mottco Builders for your next project, you will not be dissapointed!
I went to Frank 49 years ago. He was the first to cut my hair. I recently moved back to Erie. My hair was shoulder length. It wasn't like that since the 70s. I went to Frank because of his experience and he is a salon. An hour later and lots of old memories, my hair was done. Thick, full, not long and I loved it. I am heading back and as long as he is there, he will be my barber. He cuts hair to the person. So many times I looked like every other bloke. Not at Franks. Great guy, great haircut.
Pierre and Joe of Mottcobuilders are excellent in their field. They are hard workers who are more then committed to making sure any project they are working on is done with beautiful craftsmanship. All of their work is pleasing to the eye and is well constructed. Mottcobuilders never disappoints and I am glad I chose them for all of the construction work , I am sure I will call them for future work I need done. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs construction.
If you are looking for individual one on one attention Moxi is the place for you. Have you ever been to one of the larger salons and feel like you have to beg for your stylists attention? Not at Moxi. Sara is knowledgeable, attentive and talented. I have both my cut and color done by her and could not be happier. She is also great with teens. My fussy, edgy 15 yo daughter thinks she's awesome (and she's right). Seriously go there you won't regret it.
I've had several things done at Panache from hair and makeup to NexGen manicures, facials and massages. Every single time I visit I am more than thrilled with the services I receive. The providers are highly skilled in their areas of expertise and make me feel great. They not only make me look great but they educate me on the things they are doing and the products they are using. The customer service is excellent...I love Panache!
I have been coming to Panache for the past 2 years for biweekly massages and I couldn't be happier. The girls at the front are always so friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere feels like you're in Paris. My appointments are always ready when I'm done and they always try to help squeeze me in when something pops up unexpectedly. I would definitely recommend Panache to my friends (and I have!)
I love Simplee Hair! My whole family gets their hair done there! I've been going to this salon since I was about 10 years old. I'm now 35. I'm always changing my hair, and I love it every time! All of the stylists are friendly, and they just got a new color specialist. She's amazing! Gave me an Ombre color that looks fantastic! You definitely have to give them a try.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.