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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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A friend of mine lives at their National AVE property (across from the VA hospital) and when I went to see their apartment I was floored by the condition of the building and their apartment. The community hallway smells like old urine, there are, what appears to be, mold stains carpet on the first floor and there are windows open on the first floor with no screens on them. Also, the parking area is atrocious! There is no real room for the new and current tenant's cars that are paying for spots in the parking area and the maintenance/landlord has a section just for themselves. Bad business practices. Also, this location had/may still have a bed bug problem. When my friend called, to which I was privy to the speakerphone conversation, the receptionist was quite rude without reason. My friend was polite and was making in enquiry about the treatment and the receptionist gave false deadlines and when later confronted about the false information my friend was told that they misunderstood, which was false because I heard what was too. If you are going to take people's money for housing, then you owe it to your tenants to treat them with respect for they are paying your wages!!!
I have used Powers many times and they are always on time and that means my projects complete as promised.
Great place for camera rentals, plus lenses, lights, tripods, etc. Good prices, better than the online shops. They also do AV like projectors and screens.
I have lived at Manske Property for almost 4yrs now and I have nothing but great words to say about this management company. They are very courteous, prompt with maintenance and do the best they can to be sure their tenants love where they live. I know I do. I would venture to guess that the those that are providing bad reviews are actually bad apples that were removed from the tree. It isn't there fault that some people do not read their lease agreements and think they can do whatever they want.
This company is beyond shady. They don't care about you as a tenant they only care about your money. I would never suggest renting from them. Insanely high "fees". Just another way to get more money from you.
Avoid renting at all costs. No morals and poor business tactics. We were told we could sublet with proper notice and now are being billed for the new tenants rent (APRIL 1ST - MAY 8TH) even though she's already living there. These people are sharks and should NOT be trusted.
Recently had Best Electric do some miscellaneous electric work , including dishwasher and garbage disposal connection, dining room fixture, ceiling fan and added some outlets. The person who did the estimate was on time, courteous, and prompt with the estimate. The electrician was the same--punctual and did great work. We were selected for a City of Milwaukee followup inspection and the inspector said a tricky outlet installation was done "perfectly...text book." Would absolutely use again. A pleasure to work with.
I began living in Manske owned properties in 1998, I remained living in their properties until I bought my first home in 2011. I have nothing but good things to say about them. They are a family owned company and because of this they care. Maintenance was always attentive and did the best they could to serve my needs in a timely manner. They always tried to explain things to me.I went through a divorce while living at one of their properties and they worked with me to move me to a more affordable unit so that I could make it financially and then welcomed back to the larger more expensive property when I was back on my feet and could afford more. I would venture to guess that the those that are providing bad reviews are actually problem tenants. They are extremely quick in correcting bad behaviors, and are not afraid to remove offenders quickly. They have clauses in their leases that go above and beyond the standard lease agreement to protect good tenants, from bad experiences. Because of this, they do upset "problem tenants quickly" because they address the problems agreesively and are not afraid to remove a bad apple to save the tree.I doubt that they provided anyone with a lease term that ended in the middle of the month as I have been told many times at renewal time they always go to the end of the month even if you move-in mid month. Just because someone does not READ their lease agreement before they sign it, doesn't mean it is wrong or bogus.
Long time renters. Place has gone downhill badly. Now we discovered that the "mold" we have been complaining about in drains, sinks and drinking water is really dangerous biofilm. http://www.microlan.nl/uploads/files/applicaties/ATP_study_for_biofilm_formation_in_plumbing_products.pdfSo we have been drinking contaminated water, containing lead and bacteria. They told us the mold didn't exist.It is so dirty here, cigarette butts everywhere, bags of dog poop sitting on porches, common areas are filthy, carpeting is ripped. The neighbors are so rude! They smoke inside their apartments. Management does not enforce any rules. They don't evict troublemakers even when they tell everyone they are going to. 4 families have already left because of these neighbors.They also park illegally and their visitors fill up all the available parking spots.Parking lots are icy and unplowed.Nothing is done with landscaping except chainsaws taken to trees and bushes.Forget about quiet enjoyment, safe water, and safe air to breathe. The rent keeps going up and up!It is a very, very different place than when we started renting here.
I've lived in this building and rented with manske for eight years. We are currently not going to renew our lease as the last four years have become devastating. When we moved in a long time ago, tenants were screened heavily, the neighbors were nice. I now see people come and go at all hours moving in and out, lots of people who default on their leases and the quality of people has dropped to below zero. I have had my car broken into twice, vandalized and worst of all, the neighbors trash talk and harrass everyone calling in bogus complaints. With rent going up this high we are leaving in favor of a much nicer place to live at a much better price. The up-keep of the buildings has gone from exceptional, to non existant. To be honest, the upkeep has actually become destruction! - They pulled out all the shrubs and bushes, cut all the trees down and left ugly twigs in place of the beautiful bushes. Entry ways are no longer cleaned since the person who previously did it was fired, the carpeting is torn and dirty. Everything is falling apart and light bulbs are out, the apartments are very old and the building is sinking. The water is so hard in this building that there is actually an inch thick accumulation of sediment on every one of our sinks. We have no hot water ninety percent of the time and the windows do everything BUT keep the air out. If appliances are replaced, they are replaced with the cheapest possible - repaired or sort of working appliances they can buy. The water contains lead and there is mold growing in the basement sinks. Now on to some good: the building is located in Pewaukee, off of capital drive and very convenient! You have a sort of roof over your head for $800ish a month, sometimes the rain doesnt get in.. The heat works substantially and the air conditioners are newer. If you can stand the neighbors, the neighborhood is beautiful and pleasant with a park nearby. The mail people will talk to you, though they change quite frequently... The garbage always gets emptied fairly well. I honestly can't say anything more nice about this experience, von-voyage after eight years. I miss when this was a nice place to live.
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: