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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
We just moved to Florida and Michale, my husband, and I are so excited to have found Sam. We found him, his son, and wife to be VERY friendly and helpful. The work we have had done was completed quickly and at a very reasonable price. It is hard to please Michale, but he is elated to have found Sam's ...and for all our car's regular maintenance and/or repairs we WILL be going back to Sam's.
They had my car for 3 days. They were hard to get in touch with during that time. They changed the fuel filter on the 3rd day and I picked up the car. 20 minutes later, my car dies again. We call them and tell them we're bringing the car back, but do not want to pay another diagnostic fee. When we get there, they refuse to help us and tell us to go somewhere else. These guys are awful. Save yourself the aggravation and go somewhere else.
By far the best service and work done. Long story short I recently bought my first vehicle 3 months ago and thought I was buying a good one. It's been in and out of repair shops and bad work was being done. My car broke down after 9 days of it being in the shop for 2 months getting a head gasket job done. So clearly I wasn't taking it back to Tommy's auto. My dad has taken multiple cars to colemans and always had great work done.Nicki who runs the office part was wonderful I brought my car in and they got right to it after explaining to them everything I've been threw with the car. I really couldn't afford to not have my car anymore. It was ready quicker then I anticipated. They even gave my boyfriend and I ride home and picked us up when my car was ready. When I say Coleman's is the best place I really really mean it. Not only was the communication great but you can really tell they guys knew what they are talking about. They went threw and showed me everything and even took the time to explain it in detail. I will never take my car to another place. And will always recommend them!!
Even though they called to inform us that they were out of dough for the big box. We were fine to get the pizza in hand toss. The pizza was so thin it stuck to my box. Disappointed that the pizza was as thin as it was. Was still tasty just lacked what really made it a pizza.
They focus on easier vehicles where they can get paid and don't seem to care about mine much in favor of newer ones, they are courteous knowledgeable but can get overwhelmed wit only Sam and one helper and a lot of vehicles to repair. Sam did help on one area but then got busy again so when I called two times now I just get a female voice message .
Placed order on the phone, went to pu and they had the wrong order and told me that's what was ordered- so I paid anyways. Once I arrived home realized they had placed pasta on top of my pizza instead of the chicken alfredo bowel. I called and spoke with Jessica who verified they had made my order incorrectly and that it was going to be remade. I drove up again to pick up my food and return other and Ashley the manager started yelling and refused to remake food that was now cold. I just asked for a refund and still had to wait 5 mins for them to get that for me. Awful customer service.
Coleman's Automotive in Middleburg was recommended by a friend to change the engine on my son's 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Parts are very hard to come by and have to be ordered from the factory in Korea. Coleman's communication and professionalism were exceptional, their quality of work unparalleled and they saved me several thousand dollars with this repair. This family-owned business provides outstanding customer service an old fashioned values. They are my new automotive shop
We love that pizza hut is back open!! They are the best. Fast friendly and even when busy or short staffed. Love pizza hut!
My good friends are quite elderly, and work hard to do things most of us take for granted. Their truck required repairs that would ensure that they'd be safe when traveling. They'd had good experiences with Sam's in the past, and decided to put their safety in Sam's expertise. It would have been very difficult for them to get the truck to Sam's shop, so Sam and his wife kindly drove the truck to and back from the shop for them....without charge, and without my friends even having to ask! In these troubled times it's refreshing to find that there are still good folks who go out of their way to help others!
The Most Honest Auto Technician. Stands behind their work! It is Family owned and operated. They explain in detail what they did to repair my vehicle, Even had pictures and video's
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.