I had to move for work and I was dreading having to deal with everything involved. A colleague recommended Regions Van Lines after a cousin used them to move his apartment. He praised the company highly so I made the choice to use them for my move. They were priced a little over another company that I called but I felt comfortable when talking with the customer service person. They gave me a 2 day window for the pickup but due to a truck breaking down the day before they called to push my move back another day. It was an inconvenience but things happen that are not in our control. When they showed up the next day, they were very personable and professional. They worked hard and were very quick in loading the truck. They handled everything carefully while loading the truck. The day before they came to deliver I received a call from the dispatch with an approximate time for the next day. After they unloaded the truck we went through everything to make sure all of my items arrived safely, we found that one box wasn’t there. The driver called the dispatch and within a few hours they were able to locate the box and they delivered it to me within the week. The whole move was much more pleasant than I had expected and I would recommend to people to give them a call for any long distance moving needs.
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I can’t explain how happy I am with the service of Regions Van Lines. Just a couple of month ago I hired them for a huge move. I do have a big family. I live with my wife and 4 children and 2 pets (bull dogs). Recently we moved to a new house. Obviously there were many things to be moved and some were very expensive, fragile and needed extra care while moving. When I was talking with Tom the Sales rep about the move, he was very keen to know all the little details. He also came to our house before the move and got a clear idea about the current situation. He offered a price, which was well within my budget. Bernard the driver and his movers came on time at the day of the move and did everything according to the plan. They were very careful and never in hurry but yet they managed to complete the move within the timeline. They showed their innovation, skills, professionalism and extreme level of concentration. They never took a minute to rest. It was simply awesome to see all my belongings moved at the right place and in perfect condition. I also liked the way they treated my pets. I am more than happy and very impressed with the outcome. I strongly recommend this fantastic company to everyone!
I was thinking of moving my piano from my farm house to my place and it took me long to decide which company to choose for this. As I had to face many unwanted situations in the past due to some unprofessional movers so this time I had to be extra careful. Finally after a lot of research I decided to go with regions movers. I had heard a lot about them and I want to give it a shot this time but after ensuring my piano’s safety of course! On the day of the move, Sherman (the foreman), Joey and Jorge called when they were on their way and arrived at the very beginning of their window. They looked at everything and began working right away. They insisted that I leave the work to them...they wanted the move to be as easy as possible for me. They were respectful of my piano, were extremely professional and communicated everything along the way. They truly went above and beyond!
I decided to go with Regions Moving after reading their great reviews on their site. I requested and in person estimate due to some very fragile furnishings I had and Ricky was super kind when he came out, really taking the time to understand my needs. On the day of the move, Elias and Eddie were awesome. They had great attitudes, were extremely friendly and polite, and most importantly, moved my stuff with the utmost care. I was a bit of a pain I'm sure as I kept telling them how careful they need to be with this one item and they were SO careful. I haven't opened all of my boxes yet but so far I haven't found any casualties of the move so YAY! I'll definitely be recommending them to my friends and family. Moving was SO much easier than I thought it would be. And when I need to move again - I won't hesitate to call them.
I have never seen such professional movers. I am sure that these movers are highly trained and skilled movers. They came on time for the move and began their work immediately. They never looked like they are bothered by anything. They were just cruising towards the target. Movers did extremely well to manage the odds and they were just moving my belongings effortlessly as if this is nothing! I was really amazed to see their accuracy and speed. When they completed the move I noticed that they were running an hour earlier than the allotted time and when I checked the inventory I was surprised to see all my belongings were in one piece and without having a single tiny little scratch. I found them cheap too. So, to me they are the best company in business and I am going to definitely recommend them.
Before choosing a moving company I did my homework. I checked the background of the movers that I contacted and finally decided to go withRegions van lines based on their price and reputation. It proved to be a very good decision in the end. I was moving to Alabama from Florida and I needed a very reliable mover because I had many rare antiques, delicate art works, and lots of glass ware, a piano and some very fragile and heavy furniture. I wanted to keep the damage under control. But when they delivered all my stuffs in one piece, I was amazed! It was hard to believe that I actually moved without any damage! But the team of Regions van lines made everything possible for me. I do not know how to thank them but I am surely going to recommend Regions van lines to my friends.
Regions Van Lines is a company that believes in perfection as far I have seen. I have a grand piano and all my furnitures are really big. Many companies have failed to move them without any damage in all my earlier moving. This time I hired Regions Van Lines as my boss recommended them to me. On the day of moving their moving partner came and made the movers understand every single thing in perfect details as he has already seen the valuables the day before moving. Then the movers started packing everything with the maximum perfection. They already measured which furniture was going to take how much space in the van. Then they set them accordingly. And the packing was so good that there was not even a single scratch after unpacking them. I’m really impressed by their work.
I checked Conway out on the internet before making a decision. I was booking way ahead of time to avoid making bad choices. They had a good record and when I called on the phone, they were polite. After they answered all my questions they quoted a price. I asked straight out, “Is there any additional cost that will be added later?” After comparing a few other prices I called back to arrange my moving day. I’ve got antiques and thought maybe it would cost extra. They packed with extra care. Furniture was wrapped in blankets. The guys didn’t waste time. Boxes marked downstairs and others marked upstairs were put in close proximity. Moving is stressful and I was tired. But actually, the hardest part of moving was saying goodbye to my favorite neighbors.
The guys from Regions Van Lines showed up dot on time and followed us behind the street sweeping patrol so they could park the truck in the two open spots right in front of our building (so we didn't have to pay for DPT or Parking Permits -- great timing guys)! After brief introductions, it was all down to business. These guys didn't take a break and I don't think I have ever seen such tremendous efficiency. These guys took minimal trips with maximum loads all morning (did I mention we were on the 3rd floor). When we got to the new address, these guys started right back up. The move went much quicker and much smoother than I ever imagined possible. If you want a real moving experience, I recommend you call them.
While moving to San Jose, CA from Little Rock, AR - I used Regions van lines as my mover. I hired this company because of their asking price and quick response by the sales rep Vicky. She was very responsive and walked me through the entire process and clearly explained what to expect from them. Paper work was done in quick time and we were all set for the day. Movers arrived on time at the move day, packed the delicate stuffs and padded the furniture nicely. They made the delivery within the allotted time but after unloading my stuffs I noticed big scratches on my piano. It was quite a scary site for me but apart from that mistake they were just fine. I would love to consider Regions van lines if I move again.
A concrete contractor is a professional who places, colors, finishes, repairs, and maintains concrete, whether for interior, exterior, residential, or commercial use. Many homeowners use contractors for projects like driveways, pools, and patios.
Concrete is a durable, sustainable substance that can be colored, shaped, and stamped into almost any design. It's more energy efficient to produce and allows less heat and cold to escape than other materials. When working with a skilled contractor, homeowners can use concrete to significantly increase the value of their property.
Common Concrete Construction Projects
Concrete driveways are a popular choice because of their durability - they can last up to 30 years - and low maintenance requirements. A basic concrete driveway runs between $3 to $10 per square foot, while a customized or decorative driveway costs between $15 and $25 per square foot. While they're durable overall, concrete driveways are more susceptible to cracks, and harder to repair than asphalt or other alternatives. In addition, patch jobs and stains from gas and oil on concrete are more obvious.
Patching a concrete driveway costs between $6 and $10 per square foot, while resurfacing costs about $2.25 per square foot. Resurfacing is a nice middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement. During the process, a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete.
Concrete patios run anywhere from $6 to $17 per square foot, depending on customization and the intricacy of the design. Like driveways, they last for several years and require minimal maintenance, making them a nice alternative to wood. Homeowners don't have to deal with termites, splintering or wood rot. In addition, because concrete patios are a single, solid surface, there are no cracks through which weeds can grow. What's more, concrete patios can be made to fit any area, so owners don't have to worry about curves or hard corners. Many homeowners choose to stamp or stain their concrete patios to mimic brick or stone, getting the same look as these materials for a much cheaper price.
While concrete driveways and patios are cost efficient in the long term, concrete pools require frequent maintenance and expensive renovations. They need to be resurfaced and retiled every 10 to 20 years, which can set owners back $10,000 or more. In addition, it takes anywhere from two to four months to install a pool. That said, concrete pools are more flexible than any other option. Unlike fiberglass pools, they aren't built from a mold nor are they limited to shipping restrictions. In addition, concrete pools do not depreciate in value the way vinyl liner ones do.
Alternatively, concrete pool decks provide a safe, slip-resistant area that adds to the beauty and atmosphere of the pool area. They are faster and cheaper to install than other materials, costing about the same price per square foot as a concrete patio. When it comes to the coping, the material used to cap the edge of the pool, owners of a concrete deck can use stone, precast concrete or poured concrete. Stone is the most expensive option, while precast concrete is the cheapest and easiest to install. Poured concrete, meanwhile, provides the most even finish.
Concrete is the most popular material used to construct basements because of its versatility and moisture resistance. Additionally, poured concrete is resistant to fires and cave-ins. Masonry walls - where the walls are constructed with concrete blocks - have several joints that can undermine their structural integrity. These walls must be properly waterproofed to prevent seepage from soil outside. Homeowners can also choose precast panel basements, where the concrete walls are poured ahead of time and lifted into place with a crane. A single concrete wall costs about $5,000, most of which goes to labor.
Removing concrete costs about $1 to $3 per square foot, but there are several factors that push a demolition job into the thousands. The contractor might charge additional fees if the concrete is hard to access - for example, if it's surrounded by fences or large trees that block construction equipment. They might also charge extra for thicker concrete, complex installations, or if the homeowner wants to preserve part of the original design.
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself, but the material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.
Costing between $10 and $20 per square foot, concrete floors add a modern, stylish element to interiors. They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant, so any spills or accidents won't leave long-lasting smells behind. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. In fact, stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot. More realistic designs require multiple patterns and colors, increasing the cost.
Acid-based stains mix a water-and-acid solution with inorganic metallic salts to create a chemical reaction that permanently alters the color of concrete. The result is a beautiful, marble-like look. Unlike tinted sealers or coatings, acid stains penetrate the concrete itself and leave no film behind. Although they provide the richest colors of any stain, they're limited to a handful of earth-toned options. Many manufacturers only offer acid stains in eight different colors.
Non-reactive stains offer unlimited color options but lack the depth of acid stains. These aren't exactly true stains - rather, they're coatings, dyes or sealers that sit on top of the concrete, filling the pores with pigment. These treatments are called non-reactive stains because they do not create a chemical reaction like acid stains.
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant. Iron oxide particles are about 10 times smaller than those of concrete. Therefore, when mixed together, the pigment masks some of the natural concrete color. Gray concrete is harder to color than white, so most manufacturers will only mix in dark pigments. White concrete accepts any color but is more expensive than gray.
Decorative, colored, stamped, and stained concrete must be cured to minimize efflorescence, a powdery, white substance that forms on concrete surfaces. This occurs as water in the concrete evaporates, carrying calcium hydroxide with it. When the calcium hydroxide mixes with the carbon dioxide in the air, it becomes calcium carbonate, which remains on top of the concrete. Efflorescence isn't visible on gray surfaces, nor is it damaging, but it ruins the look of color-treated designs. Wet curing is the best way to cure concrete and prevent efflorescence, but it's hard to do so evenly. As such, most people choose liquid curing compounds instead.
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Concrete Contractor
As with any home improvement project, it's best to shop around before hiring a professional. Homeowners should ask questions while vetting potential contractors to find one whose terms suit both need and budget.
- Are you licensed? It's always best to choose a licensed concrete contractor, regardless of a state or city's licensing laws. A licensed contractor must pass exams that test his or her knowledge of concrete mixing, construction, and safety. Licensing requirements vary between locations. Some have financial restrictions - for example, contractors in California must have a license if they want to work on a job with a total cost of more than $500. Homeowners can search the website of their state or local government for a list of licensed professionals.
- Are you insured? Generally, insurance covers damage to people or property during the construction process. It can, but doesn't always, cover the cost of a poor job. Get the specifics of a contractor's insurance policy before agreeing to construction.
- Are you bonded? A bond covers the performance gaps in insurance, ensuring the contractor fulfills the terms of his or her contract. Bonding protects consumers from poor work and certain financial obligations, like obtaining supplies and permits.
- What is your warranty? Ask for specific details about the warranties offered, including what types of damage and maintenance are covered and when. Some warranties contain complex or confusing clauses and don't cover common repairs such as pool resurfacing. Never work with a contractor who doesn't offer a warranty.
- How long will the job take? A detailed timeline will prevent any unexpected gaps in construction, weather permitting. Some contractors start a job, leave for a few days, and finish later.
Certification and National Associations
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards.
- American Concrete Institute: The ACI offers more than 20 certification courses in specialized areas of the concrete industry, including adhesive anchor installation, strength testing, and quality management.
- American Society of Concrete Contractors: The ASCC is a nonprofit made up of more than 600 member companies. It was created by and for concrete contractors to provide educational and networking opportunities, although it does not offer certification.
- National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: The NRMCA offers certification programs related to sustainability, green construction, concrete delivery, and more. Formed in 1930, it is the leading advocate for ready-mixed concrete.