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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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I have had my fair share of difficult landlords, but I have never experienced anyone as bad as Bluedoor 4. They say that in the spring/summer that it is showing season so they are never in the office and never answer the phone, but in the fall/winter it is their slow season, so they are never in the office then either. They are impossible to get a hold of and take usually a week to respond to a simple email, which with today's technology seems a bit ridiculous to me. Additionally, i have tried leaving messages on their answering machine and have never gotten a response from any of those, ever. I was added on to the lease after one roommate from the original lease moved out, but because it wasnt a completely new lease, they did not check the house or even the room i was moving into to see if it needed any repairs. I filled out a form to report damages, but because they never check the house between roommate changes, its is pretty much falling apart. I understand that you can't do a full check when only one person is moving out, but i think being a property manager should include actually making sure that your properties are well kept and that is definitely something that BD4 isnt doing. Lastly, when it came time for me to move out I let the office know well in advance what my forwarding address would be, knowing how long they take to get back to people. Since a roommate was taking my place they didnt have to check the room all they had to do was mail me my security deposit back. Where i am from, this has to be done within 2 weeks of moving out, but here i guess its a month. They have told me multiple times that the deposits are being sent out but then it never happens. It is three weeks since my lease expired and i have yet to receive my deposit and they wont respond to my emails or phone messages. I understand they have one more week before it becomes a legal issue, but their behavior is extremely frustrating.
I literally have never written a negative review in my life. But this is needed. First off, I have not yet rented from this company but I can tell you that I most likely would not just from the experience I have already had. This review is really for the homeowners that hire these people. I would certainly NOT want this company to have anything to do with my property. I am super interested in a house and getting in touch with these people is near impossible. I don't even know how they conduct business. If you don't have time to answer the phone, hire someone who does.
Quick simple reliable very friendly. Would recommend to anyone needing to bond someone out of jail. Excellent
This Management company I would not recommend to anyone!!!!!! Ever!!!! They have withdrawn multiple rent payments for one month's rent and refused to reimburse for the bank overdraft fees. Their communication on this issue has been very inconsistent and confusing. I do understand that mistakes happen (with Technology or human error) however when a company makes a mistake and it causes an individual's checking account to be overdrawn then the company needs to do the right thing, step up, and make it right. So far, and it's been almost 2 months, they have done nothing to make it right. I feel this management company takes advantage of college students who may not know any better.
We rented a house for 3 years from BD4. I never write reviews but was shocked at the negative ones here. During our 3 yrs we had great response from maintamemce, routine and emergency. The basement flooded during a downpour and they were very responsive. The microwave had to be replaced and was completed within the week. We needed to extend our lease an additional month due to military move orders and there was no problem. I would recommend blue door 4 if your needing a rental in Manhattan KS.
I see these negative comments and see none of them take any responsibility for there own decisions. If I rent a property that is a C property and then expect the rental company to make it a A property for me and then complain that they don't it's not the management companies fault. They have budgets and constraints they have to follow. I see BD4 has made changes in management and maintenance. Anyone can rant and blame remember when they are pointing the finger and complaining 3 of those fingers are pointing back at the person complaining. I can say I would rent from this Co. They are not to big to not care and work to handle any issues that may come up.
The company furnished us with a run-down washer and dryer. We had issues with the washer leaking. We contacted mgmt multiple times about it and multiple times they sent the same two-bit repairmen whom told us it was fine and to not use certain settings on the washer. This was later followed by the dryer ceasing to dry. It took us weeks to get management to come out. The vent duct was clogged. At this time we made a complaint about management failing to keep the building’s appliances in proper working order. Their solution? Offer us a gift card to Chipotle. Mind you this was -weeks- of us being unable to dry clothing. The best part of this is, in November, the water that leaked from the washer, ran down the uneven bathroom floor and ran into the floorboards. It eventually ran to a light in the kitchen and began flooding it. We submitted an emergency work-order which they replied to a week later. They cut a hole in the ceiling and left it there for *two* months. Shady and untrustworthy.
My family was very excited to work with Blue Doors in renting our home but we have been insulted and treated incredibly badly by this company. Manhattan Kansas is a lovely town and if you are interested in renting, buying, or selling a home in the area I strongly advise you to please look elsewhere.
Wonderful representation, everything done fast and accurately. Very kind and understanding about my situation. Was great in court, and you can tell that he is well liked by his peers. He filed all my documents quickly with the court and his fees were very reasonable for this case. I will use him again if the situation happens.
TERRIBLE! We did a house tour back in February and the tenants said the back door was broken. Upon move in day (August 1) the door was still broken. Along with a lot of other issues. Its now two months later and they still haven't come to fix anything.
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: