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Great place to get a fantastic color and cut!!!! I was very pleased with everything about the salon.
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Amanda stinks. Pure and simple. She rushes through and just does not seem to care that she does a horrible job. She just wants the almighty dollar and for you to hurry up and leave. Wish I had seen the other reviews before I wasted my time and money. You should listen. No wonder she can fit your appointment in immediately. I'm sure she doesn't keep any customers long term. Like I said, you should heed this warning and look elsewhere for a salon that's actually worth your hard earned dollars
Do NOT go to this hair braiding shop. My hair looks like a complete mess. Braids tiny on one side and then large in other areas. In the back of my hair, the entire middle section was largely blocked with strands of hair everywhere. The hair is not sectioned at all...meaning I cannot pull up my hair for any reason. The hair shows huge spaces between the braids. It’s horrible! I’m pissed and tried to honestly speak with the owners about it. I asked for $80 back for the 1 1/2 drive to and from the place (3 hours total). I was asked to come back to let them fix it..:which meant additional 3 hours drive. I gave a timeframe of when I can come back and was told they are not going to fix my hair because I asked for $80 back. Ummm...that’s just wrong. I paid $180 and the way they did these micros is not even worth the $100 they TRYING to keep. If anyone need a picture of these so called micros please message me. I will provide proof of exactly what I am expressing here. No offense but take your business and chances elsewhere. Find a honest business that stand behind their work. It’s not worth the time, effort or dishonesty. My advice would be to be loyal to yourself by giving yourself the best quality hairstyles from somewhere else. Message me for pics and then YOU decide and share your opinions on it... By the way...I have a text message where I was told by this company that they would take additional $40 and send back my money...they blocked me so the money could not be requested. Sent message to company about his as well. Will update...
My family employed Pull It Together to downsize and move my mother into a senior living apartment. Our situation was very stressful, as is for many people, so having Linda as a third party was imperative. Her services provided a one stop shop from identifying what makes sense to move, what will fit into the new apartment, packing, scheduling the movers, to unpacking and setting up her new place. My mom literally walked into her new apartment to find her items all in place which made the transition much easier. I will definitely refer all of my friends to Linda for her services. Also, she is very affordable!
After my dwi conviction, I was required to get an assessment. I came here for my assessment, and also did my 40 hours of classes here. I have nothing but great things to say about Acdm and Jan Boyce, the instructor. I learned more than I thought possible, I enjoyed coming to class, the prices were very reasonable, and I highly recommend that EVERYONE in this boat--GO SEE JAN!
Just Excellent,!!!!! I am so glad I found D'Atra !!!!! She was formerly at Brow Lounge. D'Atra delivers the same expertise and artistry. I am pleased with my make-up, eyelashes and eye brows!!!! Amazing work and professional. Her salon presents a very clean and sophisticated feel and look. Please check her out !!!!!Thank you D'Atra love Taylor Whittmore
I found her....I found D'Atra. Her new salon is BEAUTIFUL, the Experience is Professional and WONDERFUL!!!!!!!My lashes are beautiful and light weight!!!!!!!So Glad I found her!!!!!!!!!
I just completed my 40 hours with ACDM (counselor Jan Boyce) after initialing going to Al-Con and stating there. Wow!!! What a difference!!! I paid the assessment fee at Al-Con and went to 3-4 classes before having a relapse. I went BACK to Al-Con in shame, told them what had happened, and was ready to begin again. At that point I was sober and attending AA. What a mistake that was!! Sue, the woman in charge (it's a mother/son operation) lectured me and then attempted to make life harder for me! She told me that I could NOT complete my classes there unless I went to a 30 day inpatient rehab. I consulted many experts only to learn she was in no place to make such a decision and what's worse, she wrote a LETTER to my probation officer recommending that I be court ordered to treatment!!! Thankfully, my PO saw how well I was doing and didn't let this woman influence her. I am now over a year sober, HAPPY, and about ready to be FREE after 3 years of probation!! Al-Con kept my money and tried to get involved in something they shouldn't have. But they didn't win. I WON. The ONLY reason I gave them a decent mark in expertise was bc of their counselor/instructor, Jonathan. He is AWESOME!! I do NOT recommend this place at ALL! RUN! I won't go into the cost, but Al-Con is NOT the least expensive!!! Good luck to my fellow alcoholics
good work and great job done with friendly , respectfully in clean atmosphere. i love this shop , ladies go to this shop for hair , sarah is very good and professional services.
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.