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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Rick is the BEST in auto service around town and I will never trust my car or my kids cars with another guy ! THANK YOU
I took my Jeep (which I purchased here)in for detailing, and they did a great job. I dealt with Brian in the back, and he was very professional.
Turf One has been fast to respond to ALL our needs for the last 10 years. Our first experience began before that when Turf One began servicing our subdivision, doing a good job at a reasonable price. When our neighbor boys left for college and we needed to hire a service, we knew where to go. We began with a spring clean-up and were so pleased that we added lawn and shrub fertilization followed by lawn mowing and finally even winter snow removal. We are delighted with the service we have received from everyone at Turf One in every department.
Turf One has been doing my lawn care for many years. I am always amazed at how the lawn perks up each spring. My lawn is so healthy it can go through the dry spells with no problem.Two years ago my pines trees had a fungus. Turf-one saved my trees!!!Thank you for the great work.
Great company. My neighbor and I have Turf one take care of our lawns. Both of us are happy customers! Highly recommend!
Just sent my prepay in for lawn care and tree service keep up the good work. They also trim my shrubs and mulch my beds. Robin in Ortonville.
These folks are wonderful. They are far nicer and more accommodating than even the dealership when I've taken in brand new cars. Moto-medic does excellent work, and they stand behind it. I've brought vehicles here for years and everyone I've ever had contact with has been professional, knowledgeable, and responsive. They are always willing to go the extra mile to save me money by making sure I get the best value on parts. On a few occasions they have even finished early and under the estimate amount. That is certainly a pleasant surprise when it happens! How many people can say these things about their mechanics? I highly recommend Moto-medic, and I would never go anywhere else.
Had their lawn service, but after missing one week we cancelled. After we cancelled, they came back and still cut our lawn. After reading other complaint of difficulty cancelling service, we will be complaining to BBB if they return.
Terrible terrible place to take your car. Brought my car in on Tuesday working and sound for some suspension work. $627 later on Friday picked up my car. Apparently it took 3 days to ship the parts from Toyota dealership. Drove it home 3 miles, did not have to go anywhere on Saturday. On Sunday took the car to Brighton for a date with this beautiful girl, noticed the car was running kind of rough, poor acceleration. On my way home the car lost all power, and stalled out in West Bloomfield about 20 miles from my house. After towing the car home for $130, I had to take Monday off work to figure this issue. Opened the hood and found that alternator cable was loose which explains why the car stalled out and died after all power from the battery was depleted. Also the car was running rough, found a wire that was unplugged coming from the throttle body. Not sure what it was responsible for but I plugged it back in. Car started and seemed to be running ok, check engine light came on after about 5 minutes. Never had a check engine light on this car. Went to Auto-zone to pull the codes. P0171P0125P0300in the 6 months that I owned this car, I've never experienced such a storm of issues. For the amount of money I paid for the suspension service I though I would be treated fairly. Not the case at this business. I suspect that this was a cheap trick to get me to come back for more services on the car. It makes sense if you mess with the alternator it will take sometime before your battery is completely drained. I will never come to this place again and urge you to stay away as well.
Don't trust these fools at Midas with your vehicle. I took my car in for an oil change. They try to get customers by saying they do a 5 point inspection including tire rotation and topping off the fluids such as break, steering and windshield wiper fluid. After picking up my car they had nothing to say but here you go. Later that day I went to use the windshield wipers, and it was empty. I drove back to Midas and asked what was going on. Was there a leak or some kind of problem? Nope. They just forgot. Ooookay. Then I looked at the paperwork they gave me when I picked it up and it was hand written a check saying that this fluid was topped off. Then when I'm driving home again, I feel that the alignment was off. Fyi my car is only 2 years old. So I brought it back in and he said well we weren't able to rotate your tires. I look at the paperwork. Again, it said that a tire rotation was given. They said they couldn't do it because the rims have a lock on them. OK,I know I should've remembered to given them the key. This is new to me so I forgot. However, why didn't they call me and ask me to bring the key? They make you give them your phone number when you drop your car off. Wouldn't this be an example of why they ask for your number? If you're not going to use it then why do you ask for it? Also, when I picked up my car why did they not mention the fact that they didn't rotate them? And why does my receipt say that you did do this? So I waited there for them to finish the work and I was watching the shop through the glass window. I watched how they took my rims off and threw them on the ground carelessly. I also watched another guy on another car do an oil change and when he was done with each bottle he would throw them over the car, nearly hitting another car on the other side. And this is just what I have seen and what I have dealt with. So I can only imagine what else is going on there. Just because they have a well known name of Midas, does not mean it is a better place to go. It's a bunch of young kids who don't give a crap about your car. They get paid the same amount whether they perform a service or not. They just want to get through it as quick as possible and that clearly shows by what they did to me and my car. I suggest going to a mom and pop kind of shop because they don't have this big name to fall back on and they know that the quality of their work will impact if customers come and stay with them. Their work affects how much money their business will make. Where as at Midas, they know that even if they give bad service, people will still go there just because of their name. I highly doubt that these young incompetent mechanics care if customers return. What's it to them? I will not be going to this Midas in Lake Orion or to any Midas anywhere anymore.
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.