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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.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
In the Historic Old Louisville Area this is the best place to rent. My husband and I lived in a two bed, two bath townhouse from 2011 to 2012. Very nice community with a firehouse across the street, elementary school across the street, officer always on call, park just few blocks away, University blocks away, gated community, pet friendly and great staff. The residents here are mainly university students, some families but no worries it is quite. One thing we liked the most is the elementary school grass field where a bunch of us owners with dogs met up everyday to let our dogs play. We had Danes, shepherds, pits, terriers and other mix breeds of all ages plus sizes play together. This was a great way to know your neighbors, make friends and have fun. Note though if your animal is not nice, vaccinated, not trained and you can't pick up after your dog then don't go because it will ruin it for everyone else. Parking was a little bit hard during college semester but there are plenty of spaces around and its empty during school breaks. We never had any problem with noise from neighbors but we were facing Hill Street right by the bus stop so we did hear that traffic only if we were in the kitchen. My husband and I felt safe here and now that the gate is up I feel it is more attractive and nicer. We felt so safe there was a lot of times our door was unlocked but anywhere that is not a good idea. We were not able to experience the gate because they just started putting it up before we left to buy our first home. That's one thing I like to point out because since we bought our first house they were allowing us to sublease which made our move easier. Very flexible. The grounds and maintenance work very hard. When we had our dog chew at the wall and our AC unit leak they were on top of both. We got an AC unit in right away and AC being fixed happened quickly. I also note that since our dog ate at the wall it was our responsibility. People get to quick on these websites about how things are not fair to them, any apartment complex knows what that place looked like before you moved in. They document this well and that's why I agree if you do not write in on your move in day paperwork, yeah you should pay for it. If you do not like the look of Old Louisville then its not a place for you because all these house have to follow the historic district too. Overall this place was a great experience and a 2nd family. We would rent from them again.
Recently my wife and I decided we needed to upgrade our vehicle to something newer and more comfortable than what we were driving. Neither of us had bought a vehicle in quite some time so like any other purchasing decision we took to the internet and began our search on both cars.com and autotrader.com. After weeks of looking at models that we thought were right for us we decided to visit a few dealerships to see what suited us best. We dealt with 2 dealerships and test drove several cars before we decided what it was that we wanted. We found what we thought was a good deal and made a fair offer but the dealer refused to lower the final cost by $400.00 on a $20,000.00 offer. That's a 2% difference. After that we intensified our search and found that even at $20,000.00 the car we wanted wasn't the best deal. Years ago I had done business with Roy Neutz when we needed vehicles for our company so after daily internet searching and disappointing results with dealerships we decided to give him a call. We called on a Monday and told Roy what we were looking for and how much we wanted to spend. He didn't have what we wanted on his lot but it so happened that he was going to an auction the next day and there were two cars that met our criteria. Roy called me the next morning while he was at the auction to let me know that he didn't like one of the cars but the other one looked good. He gave me all of the details about the car, mileage, previous owner history, color, etc. while he was inspecting it. My wife specifically wanted a non-smoking car so Roy told us it even passed the smell test. As luck would have it he was able to buy the car for the right price, bring it back to Louisville, thoroughly inspect it, prep it and have it ready for us to test drive by that Saturday. It was exactly what we wanted and well within our budget to we returned on Monday and purchased the car. It was like having our own personal car shopper. The whole experience was pleasant, easy and straight forward. Afterwards I knew we got a good deal but was curious as to how good so I got back online and looked for the same car with the same features and mileage that we had bought. Depending upon who had it for sale we saved anywhere from $1500 to $3500. It feels good when you know you made the right choice on such an important purchase for your family. The next time we need to upgrade our first and only choice will be Neutz Brothers.
I don't understand all the negative reviews. I've had nothing but good things from the people of Cobra Motors and they've gone above and beyond what any used car dealership would do. Their prices are more than fair and yes some cars may not be perfect but the prices and honesty about them is always good. I've been checking out cars there for years and just purchased one there this week. It did have hail damage but was in great mechanical shape. The price was very reasonable considering the damage and they even agreed to fix a part of the hail damage with my purchase. another thing they didn't have to do, was the car I purchased did not have a radio. It came that way from the auction. The owner Omar said he would look in their storage warehouse and pull one from another car that had an AUX input and mp3 capabilities as that's what I was looking for. He also told me if he could not find one that very day, he would pay for half the cost of any radio I picked out from a store. I don't know about you, but that's a good deal and something he was not required to do. Having received an already good deal on the car, he set me up with a new radio, and added in a free oil change as well. If you just sit down and talk with them, you'll come to understand they're good people running a business. They're here to help, and they do go above and beyond what they're required to do. I was present on their lot when another woman had something come up and they agreed to cover all costs to fix her issue months after she had purchased it, something they were not required to do but they are here to help. If that angry poster below me would have contacted them regarding their issue, which they didn't.. Omar would have accommodated them as well. Instead they wait months after the issue and do not go to them for assistance.I've had nothing but good things to say about the people of Cobra Motors. They've done everything they can to help me, answer any questions, cover any issues I had, etc. They're very understanding people and happy to help. They are a used car lot and do get some of their inventory from auction, so of course there may be some vehicles that aren't 100%, but you're going to get a great deal and if something comes up, it never hurts to contact them for assistance.
Hey all! I just wanted to warn people out there not to take do business here. I had a very poor experience and am left with a sub par job and damage to my vehicle. I took my car to several bodyshops, and Huffmans came up with the best price! I was surprised as the shop looks rather expensive, and was quite happy to be taking it to such a professional look place. When I received back my vehicle, I noticed, as did the bodyshop manager, that the work had not been finished properly. The manager told me that they had under quoted the work. Apparently I should have just been happy with a poor job. I discussed it with him further and even mentioned that I might be able to make up some of the difference of the labor cost, but that I wanted the job done right. After a few more days I came back to pick up my car a second time. Things weren't as friendly as they had been the first time, I basically had my keys thrown to me and out the door I went, no one came out to look with me. I was still a little unhappy, they hadn't parked my car where you could get a good look this time, so I moved it and while I was not 100% happy with their work I just need my car. I tried not to let the work bother me to much, but over time, as I washed my car I noticed a crease where it appears they had treated roughly the removal of my bumper, and also the bumper below where the work was done now has parts that hang down in an unsightly way. All in all, I would warn you against this bodyshop, if they quote cheaply they feel free to lower their standards and just rush it through, the pride in workmanship is poor. Avoid the headaches, go elsewhere. 2 stars rather than 1 because the finished work was not horrible, and the service was not horrible, just disappointing on both fronts.
These guys REALLY came through for us in a pinch. We originally got a very high quote from a different auto service center to replace the engine in our vehicle. We were devastated, but decided to get quotes elsewhere just in case. I had heard GREAT things about Olymco so I decided to call and get a quote. They gave an incredible quote that was easily affordable. We were shocked at the quote to be honest. Matt, the service manager, was super friendly on the phone and was upfront about how long it would take to get the job done. He walked us through the warranties for the replacement engine, all of the work that would be done, etc. He was very thorough and answered every question clearly and with patience and understanding. We felt very comfortable with their staff so we decided to proceed. The work was done on time(!), and the staff made sure to call us regularly to update us on the status of the job. When I couldn't make arrangements to pick up the vehicle after the work was complete, Dan from Olymco offered to come and pick me up. (Talk about service.) Dan turned out to be incredibly personable as well, a real pleasure to speak with. To my relief, the final expense ended up being in the exact ball park originally quoted. And the car now runs smooth as pudding. These guys really impressed my socks off. As a side note, my grandfather had a similarly fantastic experience with Olymco... this was how I had first heard about them. I will definitely be returning to Olymco and telling friends and family to give them a try! Great guys, great service, honest, will stick to their quote, and are highly competitive. Highly recommended!!!
This is the best place I have ever lived in. I moved here from Old Louisville and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I lived in a 2 bedroom 2 bath for a year and the apartment was very spacious. We had a huge living room and an attached dining area, including a large patio. The kitchen is decent sized as well.The property manager was great. The response on maintenance issues is fast, they usually get things fixed within one day. The design of the apartment was ideal for me and my roommate because both of us had plenty of private space for ourselves. At the same time the living room area provided a great place to hang out and have friends over. Needless to say we had a lot of friends coming and going all the time.Parking was never a problem. There is a large parking lot right there with no restrictions on visitor parking so your guests always have a safe place for their car. Neither did I ever see the parking lot ever full. There was always plenty of open spots even if we had 30 visitors at our place.The complex is calm and quiet. The neighbors are great, mostly young professionals with families. Clifton area is the ideal location for young people, there's plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and bars on Frankfort Avenue within a walking distance.I would highly recommend this place to any young professional. If I wasn't moving out of town, I would definitely have lived here for years to come.
I live at Jefferson Square going on 10 years! and there's a reason I don't plan to move. They replaced the windows on the building yesterday and I am VERY pleased with the new windows. makes a world of difference. New windows look great and will cut down on (already low) utilites. Thats only the latest thing that has me pleasantly surprised living here. For one thing I haven't paid for cable in almost a decade! And I'm not missing any games either! Cables FREE! Who couldn't use one less monthly bill? They also have a CLEAN laundry room footsteps from my door. The machines are newer, replaced not too long ago, and the price stayed the same with better machines. When I first picked my apt at Jefferson Square, it was because I work for UPS and its close enough for me to ride my bike to work. My buddy upstairs works for Ford and bikes too. Im very active and try to stay in shape mostly runnig and biking. I spend much time running through the neighborhoods and I'm close enough to the mall, the bank, walmart, Dr. grocery, etc. that I run or bike most places I need to go. I picked living here because the great location. Ive kept living here becuase of excellent service
My mother and I moved in here originally in 2011 because I liked the big bedroom and we liked the location. But because there are so many apts, we are always having to wait for maintenance. Don't get me wrong. The maintenance crew is wonderful and every one of them is polite and more than helpful but they are overworked. They need double the crew they have. We have had about 8 water leaks since we have been here. One leak in December 2012 in my bedroom was so bad that I had to sleep in the living room on the sofa for a week until they could fix it. They knocked $200 off my January rent but I don't think that helped at all. The worst is we keep having an infestation of termites every time they put mulch down in the spring. Thousands of termites swarm in my Mother's bedroom window and then they die. It is a mess to clean up but even though they say they are going to prevent it happening again, it always happens again. 4 times we have had it. We don't have the money to move. Don't move here.
**WARNING**If I could give this place a 0 I would in a heart beat! This place is like putting lipstick on a pig!! Long story short, my money order was stolen from box provided by the complex but since has been removed. I went to court 3 times, when I paid rent in June she applied it to Mays rent and told me I didnt pay rent for June. I still got evicted. The manager Gelina Reed is a stone hearted no emotions what so ever person. The place may look nice but there have been so many problems here. Air conditioning leaks they had to take tiles out of my shower,cut holes in my walls, more than once,carpet coming up, cheap laminate floor peeling,walls are super thin you can hear everything, almost a yr landscaping still horrible, no gym as promised. Plumbing backs up.Good riddance to this trashy place, I'm not going to miss anything here at all,except the other office is a doll and super sweet. Take my advice and listen to my warning!! I've heard other horror stories from other residents.
This is by far the best place to live in Westport area. I was a student who stumbled upon this place halfway through a lease that I eventually ended up breaking just to live here. A few of the key points: The staff is some of the best, at least in my own opinion. The manager makes sure you are well taken care of and will do just about any thing within reason to make a resident happy. When I left to go on vacation I thought I left my door unlocked and they went and locked it for me! I was extremely thankful! The quality of the apartment is top notch for the money.The location is one of the easiest to live in and also get where I need to be. Sometimes during rush hour it can take a couple minutes to turn left since there is no light coming out of the complexc, but it would be about the same as waiting at a light to turn so not bad. I feel very safe there. Bottom line, this place is simply amazing. This is an apartment community worth checking out at least!
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.