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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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4509 Hickory RdTemple, TX 76502
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410 N Patterson AveFlorence, TX 76527
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14304 E Business 190Copperas Cove, TX 76522
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1313 Industrial BlvdTemple, TX 76504
From Business: Established in 1942, Cloud Construction Company specializes in building commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. It has undertaken various projects that include schools, churches and office complexes. The company also undertakes addition and renovation assignments. Cloud Construction Company is located in Templ…
1015 Lower Troy RdTroy, TX 76579
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
This has been the worst rental experience in my life. I see others have experience the same. I found out about the rental on an website. I fell in love with the pictures of. An week b4 I was suppose to move I went to view apartment. It look nothing like the pictures advertised. I had no other choice I went on and got the apartment. Scott made me pay the deposit plus money of date was suppose to move in. I seen the father around in different areas with wife and he was an very nice person with an kind deposit. The son an his wife are nothing like that. I called office to see if will allow me to move in a later and the father answered phone and said it would be ok. Scott told me I had to pay full amount of rent even though wasnt in apartment. The apartment wasnt completely cleaned and I was given s molded refrigerator that took me 3 days to clean sent scotts wife pictures along with inspection sheet. The cabinets were dirty, and no filters. The carpet was stained badly. I steamed cleaned it b4 left. snd it looked better yhan when moved in. My manager carpet cleaner looked at carpet when moved in, and he said I wouldnt clean it bcuz need to be pulled up so I just put sheets down whole time there. My dog is pad trained on inspection sheet stated dog stained carpet in a room wasnt in. I clean apartments for a living and my cousin that came to visit cleans csrpets so while up he professionally cleaned carpet b4 left. The son wife are money scammers, and cold hearted people. You better take video and copies and file off to an place unknown like me. I gave her my forwarding address for deposit varified she said sent to address no longer lived in under. They will liy so get documentation. Its drug infested and I think this is why they were making me pay water and not the other tenants. They lied and said the tenants lied they are paying water. Its a joke that businesses think they can get away with stuff like this. The fence has opening in it and neighbors up all night and visitors coming through and to fence. Smelt marijuana all the time outside. I have video and documented snd made copies of everything you better as well. If they can get away with not paying the deposit or fixing things they will do it. Scott is mentally imbalance and curses so much. Very mean demeanor(Got into it with neighbor it was terrible)That was very unprofessional. Hes nothing like his father that I seen around majority time in Killeen. All they care about is they and getting money out of you. Id not advise anyone to rent from these people unless you desperate for a place to stay. If id of know father wasn't running business anymore Id of not rented. They dont have fax and you must drop rent off. No pyments with debit 💳. Willnot let me upload video.
I have been a tenant for 2 years, I have not had a single problem! I love that anytime that I go to the office, what ever the case may be, they are always super helpful and accommodating! Anytime I need to place a work order, they are always super quick to get it taken care of! I plan on renting from Lone Star Realty for a long time! Anyone that has anything negative to say, most likely aren't telling the whole truth because I have experienced nothing less that perfect professionalism!
This company is awful. We have been with them since 2013, assuming that the home was in the condition that we left it. Well we finally decided to sell the property and hired outside of Isbell Property. The realtor went in to look at the home and immediately called me. It was destroyed. Every door was broken, the new carpet was destroyed, the fireplace was taken apart, there was water damage to the inside and outside of the home. The inground pool was destroyed. As soon as we heard that we immediately called Isbell and told them they were no longer able to access our property. When we told them to release the security deposit from the last tenants they informed us that they had 30 days so that they could get the bills together. Fine take your 30 days. Once we received the final statement it came to $690 that we owed. Wth. They are trying to charge us for things they didn’t do. Now we are taking them to small claims court. We will get our money back.
My experience has been excellent. The staff at JWC is super professional and I am very satisfied. Keep up the good work!
This rental company is a joke. Not even just a joke, but a slumlords wet dream. Regardless of the fact that they charge me 450 for an apartment the size of most people's living rooms all in one snug micro apartment let's add in the laundry list of other non justifiable, wrongdoings LINDA BROWN AND SCOTT BRADLEY have managed to accomplice in my short five months here so far. I locked myself out of my apartment while holding my sick a teething daughter, I called the office line thinking I'd get the father of Scott who really is a sweet man. Instead I was answered to a very rude Linda Brown, who then made me sit outside for 54 minutes on the dot with my child in 103° heat. I had my mother come get my daughter while I waited it out for them to come help me. Upon arrival Scott Bradley very grittily asks 'did you lock yourself out?' to which I said 'yes todays been a nightmare, to boot the lady on the phone was very mean to me. Scott Bradley then proceeded to YELL in my face 'thats my f***ING wife you're talking about, you took me out of my home. You know what, YOU BETTER FUCKING APOLOGIZE IF YOU WANT IN THIS DOOR' so to that, while crying almost hysterically due to a huge grown man screaming in my face I said 'i apologize'. He leaned in closer and yelled 'say it louder' so I again said I apologise. He unlocked the door and walked off cussing. Fast forward three days. I found both of my keys, as well as a lovely 50$ charge to make my rent a whopping 500$ for this micro apartment. That being said I have some helatious OCD, I always make sure windows are locked, lights are off, stoves off, all before leaving my home. So, all was locked. My apartment got broken into WITH A KEY . I made a police report and included in the report I did believe it was my landlord if not maintenance. When I walked in to tell the office about it, I am greeted by Linda. I told her ONLY that my apartment was broken into. She said the homeless people under the bridge probably stole your TV..
My experience was outstanding! My application got accepted the very same day. I would say continue the great work. Outstanding service!
Zero stars .Worst place to rent from . We stayed there with roommates we always payed rent on time and one day Scott (the landlord) girl friend LINDA BROWN came over being belligerent. She is a crackhead not to mention. She was trying to pry open our door because she saw cats inside and when I opened the door she was trying to force her way inside I gently stopped her and she claimed that I hit her and threatened to call the police ( assuming that I was gonna be scared cause I'm black of course) she then called Scott and he came over being just as belligerent and said we were being evicted . At first Linda was picking at everybody in the neighborhood about cigarette buds then window blinds . Just looking to pick on somebody and kick someone out . Her and Scott are very rude. Scott spit in the lady upstairs face and she was pregnant and so terrified she literally moved the next few days later . I've seen and heard him threatening his tenants. They even threatened our neighbors and said that if they saw us at their house they would evict them. CRAFTSMAN PROPERTIES is the worst place to Rent from In Killeen, and overpriced . Their apartments aren't even updated and they won't fix anything until it's completely broken. Our toilet was broken for almost a year and the refrigerator barely even worked and Scott just said " Well clean it out " like that's gonna help right ?? Don't rent through them. If you do I'll be praying for you .
As a homeowner of several homes and as a tenant, this by far is the worst experience I've had dealing with a rental agency. I was certainly deceived by their name, "Blessed Properties." After Denise, one of their property managers, assured me the house I rented was move in ready/clean on numerous occasion, I was quite disappointed as the house was filled with so much dog hair throughout, which was quite obvious as I walked in a home where pets are not authorized. To make matters worst, they refused to clean the property, steam clean the carpet or even reinspect the home to address my concerns; therefore, I were to assume this cost. After sending a lengthy text message and pictures of the filth, they decided to send a cleaning service, which consisted of one person. It took him over 5 1/2 hours to reclean the home, which still had traces of dog hair on the blinds and door creases. As far as the steaming the carpet, no one responded to my request until I collected some of the dog hair from the master bedroom on an adhesive lint roller. After sending the pictures to management and visiting their office, I received a call from a carpet company in regards to cleaning the carpet. I did not receive any notification from Blessed Properties staff pertaining to the carpet. This is certainly the worst experience I've had with any business. I believe they are poor property managers who neglect their obligations and as a result, they fail their tenants. The condition of this home is evident. CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS!
Their customer service is poor to say the least. Whenever we need a repair service at the house, we had to call two or three times. But our real problem with them was when we moved out of the house. They give you a check list of what needs to be done to the house, like carpet cleaning, landscaping, housecleaning etc, if you want to get your deposit back. My husband and myself did all the repairs except the carpet cleaning we hired a professional cleaner. We painted the house, we fix the holes due to picture frames and such, we cut the grass, clean windows, even clean behind the refrigerator I mean everything they asked. Keep in mind that our deposit was 1200. We also make sure the house had utilities for at least 10 days after our moved out date so that they could go and inspect the house. Well after all this work our we only got 46.00 out of the 1200. Their reasons were all lies. My advice to you is don't rent with them.
VENDORS BEWARE! This company lies, lies, lies! They also don't pay their vendors. Took 40 days to get a check for the wrong amount! BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES!
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.