Panda Garden is truly one of the best Chinese Restaurants in the world! I wanted to go to have decent Asian noodles for my birthday today and stumbled across Panda Garden in the middle of Memphis Tennessee. What a pleasant surprise!I am originally from Hawaii and am part Hawaiian and Asian. I have lived across the Pacific Rim. Had Panda Garden been in Hawaii, there would be a long line of hungry customers around the block waiting to eat here. As it is now, Panda Garden is a best kept secret in the middle of Memphis with few customers.The food at this quiet, little Chinese restaurant in the middle of Memphis Tennessee is such a pleasant surprise. The vegetables are crisp and fresh. The rolls and dumplings are freshly made with the freshest ingredients. Unlike typical Chinese American restaurants, the food is not overly greasy, salty, burnt or smothered in bottled processed sauces. The cuisine tastes more healthy and homemade like my Chinese grandmother Bo Lin made back in Hawaii.The prices here are very affordable while the decor is crisp, clean and professional. Clean, crisp linen napkins and quality service ware is used rather than typical cheap plastic plates found at most Chinese fast food restaurants and buffets. The staff is genuinely friendly and service is fast and professional.Thus, if you are looking for healthy, tasty, fresh, authentic Chinese food, Panda Garden is definitely one of best places in the world--except for my grandmother Bo Lin's kitchen!
$45.45 of disappointment... hot wings & rib-eye and asparagus.I WAS a frequent patron of this restaurant. I LOVED their hot wings and rib-eye asparagus. I live in Bartlett and drive over 10 miles and pass 20+ Chinese restaurants to eat there! It's the kind of food that you wake up in the middle of the night dreaming about.Well today their customer service cured me of my cravings. I happened to be on the south side of town and stopped in to take a double order of my favorite dishes to go because I had out of town guests who wanted to try what I've been raving about. When I got home & sampled my rib-eye, I found that the secret sauce was very light to non-existent. I called my C-Fu's to alert them to the problem and was told to "freeze" the food, bring it in and they would make me another on the house, next time I'm there. The rib-eye is expensive ($15) and usually worth it, but since I had guests coming, little time to alter the menu, and $45 less money, I had to serve what I had. When I told the manager this, the only reply I got was "Well I'll let them know." From this day forward, I will not spend another dime in this restaurant! I feel cheated and worse yet embarrassed. I will no longer suggest this restaurant to my family and friends. A good product is nothing without great service.
As the Director of Hope Of Glory Christian Academy we are firm believers of what our center stands for. We answer to both of these complaints with a sincere of respect toward our hard work and dedication for children. The owners, and the staff and myself are really working harder to provide a great service to all of our kids. If a parent wants to have a party at our center they are welcome to do so, yes we are a Christian center, but we have parents who want's there children to enjoy their big day. We work with all children no matter what their illness is, we are a loving kind center. These two complaints against the hundreds of great jobs we get from other social sites . So we thank you and our family members who decided to report our center, because they are mad . Thanks You....
Heather Boutique & Spa is fabulous. Her skincare products are luxurious and non-toxic. After a week on my personalized skincare routine, I can definitely see changes in my skin tone and texture. I love that it is a one stop spa. You can get everything you need in one place; from facials to massages and makeup lessons to sunless tanning. She offers it all. I was so impressed with the one on one time that was spent with me during my skincare evaluation that I am going back for a make-up lesson. Can't say enough about Heather Boutique and Spa. It was a fantastic experience.
I am a fairly new home owner. Not long ago I had alot of roofing problems due to wind damage. I spoke with my neighbor who recently had her roof replaced by contracting solutions. The day after I made the call they came to my house for the inspection. They were not only friendly but they took care of everything. They talked with my insurance company for me and did it in a very timely manner. I am very satisfied with there work and I couldnt have made a better decision than chooosing Contracting Solutions. I have recommended them to my neighbors and friends. Samantha Morrison
I read several reviews about how great the food was here so I decided to try it with my husband. I wanted to try something I was familiar with so I chose Moo Goo Gai Pan. This was the worst I have ever tasted. It was very "blauh" to say the least! How do you mess up fried rice? My husband had the General chicken. It was overcooked and taste like it had been reheated. I NEVER right reviews but this place was too bad to have someone else waste money there. The prices are outrageous for the quality of food they are serving.
I donate here every 6 weeks when I'm eligible. The research they are doing definitely serves a good cause- the current study that I donate blood for is the Walter Reed Research that is developing a Malaria Vaccine for the Military. It's beneficial research that supports the health of our troops, and it's nice getting a little extra spending money on the side. The people are professional, polite, and very nice to talk to during the collection.
Contracting Solutions just finished up removing and replacing my roof. I am satisfied with my decision to use them they did a great job they kept my yard neat (which was one of my biggest concerns due to I live in a small gated community) They stayed in contact with me throughout the roof process and every day let me know what time they would start and approx. what time they would finish for the day. I highly recommend this company.
I have relied on Bartlett Nursery for all of my landscaping needs for over 20 years now. This family owned business provides comprehensive landscaping services that are head and shoulders above competitors that only sell trees, shrubs and flowers seasonally. I highly recommend Bartlett Nursery for all landscaping needs.
John Jennings has created the total package when it comes to landscape gardening. He has combined the good practices of using eco-friendly products with fabulous style and choices of plants. His company has made my yard, and those of several friends, gorgeous!! I highly recommend Memphis Eco-Gardening.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.