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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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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Don't be impressed by their high big bid limit. All American doesn't know how to put in plumbing, dry wall or anything. The head guy there will impress you. Please dont be fooled. They wont pay their bills and they'll leave a huge mess for you. If you have ALOT of money to gamble with then it might be ok, but if you are not into redoing everything you need to look elsewhere. I am paying it forward. All American Builders DBA. Advertise billions in projects done. Crooked everything!Update - crooked floors that a ball will roll when placed. Cracking popping floors. Look up "gotcha covered" who works are turnery towers doing little tile projects - this is a part of the group. "Joe'. These guys dont know how to lay tile or do anything. Electric still experiencing brown outs. They screwed half of the subcontractors. Dont beleive me ? I have references. Chris is a thief.
Sasha and Neb came to my house and they did a great job after my house got water damage Great and responsible company.Highly recommended
I think Tyler and Rob are the BEST ! They have been very Professional and kept us updated about everything . Thank you for making our office PERFECT :-)
I searched high and low for a vehicle and everyone i contacted wanted me to put a big down payment. Tony Blue worked it out n got me a great down payment n my monthly payments is just like i wanted it. Thank you Auto Mart
Our experience was terrible. We thought we were financed for a vehicle. We had a signed contract, set payment, and even bought gap. We took the vehicle home. We were given insurance for thirty days on Nissan. We chose to insure the vehicle the next day. When we went to insure it. The insurance agency asked Who insured this. I replied I don't know. This set a red flag. I went to my credit bureau and found multiple inquiries still being done, this told me my contract was frivolous and I would be called of course after 72 hours that there was a problem and we found a bank that would do the deal. A secondary bank of course. Meaning higher payments. Higher interest and more money down. We gave them 500.00 cash as well. We returned the vehicle and was being stalled. I photoed all documents. Receipt of my 500.00 cash and all the texts trying to get my money back. Still being ignored, I opened a case with Nissan Corporate. Sent them all documents, photos, text communications and times after the fact of continuing hard credit inquiries. I had to freeze my credit due to the multitude of them. They are handling my case at present. They state I'm entitled to my money back because there was never a real deal done with a bank before leaving the dealership. My point being... Before you hand a debit card or any cash , or sign any paperwork in finance, GET THE NAME OF THE COMPANY THAT ACTUALLY APPROVED YOU. If they can give you that, Do not sign a thing because you can get in a giant tangled mess. We are totally disgusted with the practice of this dealership and our experience.
I just purchased a car from Voss Automotive Group and it was a smooth and transparent process. They are really good on follow up and as the proprietor one gets the feeling they want a good deal for everyone. Highly recommend Voss Automotive Group and if you've got a specific model in mind they do not have (which is almost impossible to happen), anyway they will see what they locate for you.
The night before our trip to Vegas I realized that I was late for an oil change and we were leaving really early, so we decided to do when we arrived there. In a meanwhile We've been looking over the internet and we found out this nice place (Voss Automotive Group).In the very next day which was a Saturday morning we stopped by. As soon as they opened the store the employees were quite kind and attentive, and they have my car in and out very fast! Plus the manager gave us some few tips about oil changes and some other little things we may need to do when we get back home. Really affordable rates and they have a huge featured vehicles for sale. That's for sure Voss Automotive Group is my go place for cars in Vegas!
On our move-in date we had a 10-16 hour drive across states to get to the property. We asked if they had any flexible days where a time range would work, but were given options for only specific times of day. Not a big deal, just stayed at a hotel so we could make it on time the next day. We got to the property at the scheduled time, and after waiting around and a few calls to them, their uncoordinated staff figured out that they had no appointment scheduled. An hour later, after forwarding them the move-in email exchange, someone eventually came. This was only frustrating because we could have avoided staying at a hotel if we knew they worked on the fly like this.During the move-in inspection we found no water pressure and no hot water. The management lady with us said to call the management company after she left. Called them and were given a disinterested "we'll see what we can do" response. We were not called back or ever given any ETA on a resolution. We called until they eventually left the office for the weekend, except for a receptionist who said it was now too late for anything to be done until the next week.The gas was also shut off which we were not informed of until the day we moved in (so no hot water, AC/heating, etc..). Earliest activation with the gas company was the next week. Why were we not informed at least a week prior so this wouldn't have been an issue?I've been living at a Brady managed property for one month now. Today I received a hand delivered "five-day notice" to pay or be evicted because of past due rent. I was 100% sure I had setup auto-recurring payment during the first payment I made. I made a manual eCheck payment anyway and then setup another auto-payment.. for the full amount due.. like the original one. The account now shows two auto payments for the full rent amount. I can't fathom why they wouldn't check their system before physically driving over here to hand me a notice.
We have always LOVED the Lexus brand and we will always come to Lexus of Las Vegas for the amazing experience. Thank you to Joel Gooding for referring a great salesperson like Don! Lexus Customers for life!
I recently purchase a car from CarMax on Sahara on 2/24. Monday 2/26, the check engine light came on. I took the car in to get serviced 2/27, I was told it would be be fixed by the weekend. I was called Friday 3/2 and was told the car parts took longer than expected to come in, so it wouldn't be ready until that Monday. 3/5 I was called and was told that another issue appeared to be wrong with the car, and because I was under the 5 day return policy, seeing that the policy was put on "hold" while the car was being serviced, I had the option of returning the car. I returned the car Tuesday 3/6. The return agreement stated I would have my down payment returned and that the car loan would be returned to the loan company and that the loan would not appear on my credit report. 3/9, I went to a different dealership and I was not able to get a new car because there was an open auto loan account from the auto loan company through CarMax, though CarMax stated it would not be... I called CarMax and the loan company American Credit Acceptance (ACA) and was constantly going around in circles with them, calling back and forth, being put on hold for hours, and the loan still appears on my credit. I tried to get a payoff letter saying that the loan was returned and I owe a $0 balance, but I was not able to receive one for some unknown reason. I returned the car 3/6, it is now 3/15 and I have been without a car since I returned the car to CarMax. I have Sickle Cell Disease and Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis, I have doctor appointments to go to, I have to go to the pharmacy to pick up medications, etc... I have been using Lyft/Uber for transportation seeing that I am not able to walk long distances to ride the bus. I am a long-term substitute, I work with pre-k autistic children and I'm a college student. I desperately need a car to get to and from work and to run my errands. CarMax has been no help whatsoever! And they created a giant mess for me! I am highly displeased and irritated.
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.