The best movers I have ever used. Hands down. When I first moved to the Oklahoma I used Apple Movers. They were late, rude and slow as molasses. I got no customer service whatsoever. I thought I was in for a mediocre experience with The Real Elite Movers. I had to move up my time by an hour because I was having issues coordinating with the landlord to turn over the property. But it turned out they were very flexible and gave me some reasonable alternatives. They arrived exactly when they said they would, not a minute later. The movers were polite, paid attention to detail and efficient. I moved from an apartment with three flights of stairs and no elevator to a single-level duplex. The move out took a while, for obvious reasons. But they moved us in within 30 minutes. I looked at my watch to be sure. And they even set up both my beds. Their rates were quite reasonable and included furniture padding and a truck. No driving, no truck rentals, no paying for gas. I will be more than happy to call on them for any future moves. Life is too short and your time is too valuable to move yourself. In addition to hurting your back and imposing on your friends, you just don't do it enough to be efficient. These guys know what they're doing and will help get you through what will likely be the hardest part of the move. Total time was four hours. If I hadn't had such a high-level condo, I'm sure it would've taken less time. Do yourself a favor, save up some dough and hire these guys. Worth every penny. Believe me.
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I love Tuesday Morning for the products and bargains I find here from time to time. I can usually go here and find what I'm looking g for. However, they have to have the WORST customer service on earth. The women who work here literally don't care one iota. And this is every single time I go, not just an isolated experience. I usually wind up waiting in line 20 minutes while the employees talk to each other about their personal business and complain about their jobs. I once waited in line for 30 minutes while they were paging another employee to the register to help check out. The lady they were paging just ignored the pages and kept straightening stuff on the shelves. The other employees at the checkout were joking that she "works on her own schedule" as the customers in line were becoming visibly agitated. I also had a manager actually gripe at me for making a return WITH my receipt and tags. The sour attitudes of the employees almost make it not worth the bargains.
These guys are great! They arrived on time. Not a scratch on any of the furniture. Though they did toss the boxes a bit roughly when loading them into the truck (but to be fair no boxes had FRAGILE written on them. I'm still glad that I had already moved all the fragile stuff on my own). They wrapped all the furniture and TV, and even had complimentary loaner wardrobe boxes. Communication was great - got confirmation emails after booking; had no problems changing the date a week prior; and even another confirmation call the day before my move. The movers asked where I wanted things once we got to the new place. I wanted all the boxes in the garage so not to clutter the house, and the guys set them in aisles for easy access around the boxes - fabulous! They took down and set up all the furniture perfectly. 5% military discount Hopefully, I don't have to move again for a long time, but would definitely use them again next time.
My Vapor Haven experience was nothing shy of fantastic. The atmosphere was very inviting as well as the staff being very enthusiastic. My fiance is an avid vapor smoker and has expressed the same excitement about Vapor Haven in comparison to other local shops. I experienced this recently as i went in to purchase a Vapor for a family member who had recently had a stroke- me not being a smoker- had no clue on where to start-The staff quickly pointed me in the right direction and got me started on the standard starter kit. They taught me how to fill the tanks, change out the wicks, and charge my battery correctly. Before you knew i was a pro!!! If you are looking to quit smoking this is for sure the way to go!! Tons of flavors -tons of fun!!
I used Good Bros to move my stuff after reading some good and bad reviews. Most were good and they provided a good price so I went with them. While they were cheaper than the national moving services I definetly got what I paid for. I put my stuff in storage with them for around 5 days and in the process they lost the slats to my bed and a box full of my drinking glasses. The slats were custom made so I had to procure material to rebuild them and also had to procure new glassware. Twice I called to have an insurance claim form mailed to me so we could work things out but it never arrived. Please tread carefully when using Good Brothers and don't use them if you are looking to store your stuff as it will get lost.
The staff at The Real Elite Movers sent three guys. They were early, nice, and extremely cooperative. They moved heavy stuff down narrow stairs, got it across town, into our house and even put furniture upstairs that had been downstairs in the old place without any complaints and in very good time. They charge by the hour, but they were working hard the whole time--believe me, I was watching. They also helped us prevent kitty escapes, charged what I was quoted on the phone and were all around a pleasure to deal with. They weren't the cheapest place online, but they were very reasonable. We moved ourselves, with friends, the last time and we were soooo not willing to go through that again. I highly recommend them.
Jim's Stop N Save is a place I have been going to for some time now. It's a nice family store. It's well stocked on beer and tobacco products at competitive prices. They always have a good supply of soda items as well. The Liquor shop is smaller, but has a good variety to fit most tastes also. My main attention goes the the restaurant. That's the real gem here. Everything is fresh made, daily. All of the hamburger's are really good and made to order, the fried chicken is great! I highly suggest the Gyros sandwiches, all of them are exceptional. All and all, it's a great place to eat and your bound to find something you will like with ample seating. It's been a nice discovery for me.
This company moved all my belongings in June 2011 into an apartment on the 2nd floor. Mind you, some of my stuff is extremely heavy! Not only did they show up on time, but they were all very courteous, exceptionally careful with every piece, quick and did not stop until all was moved from one location to the other. I am moving once again and have called this company. The owner answers, no voice mail. He too is always helpful. I recommend this company to anyone! Those bad reviews that are on this site must have come from friends that wanted to retaliate because they are simply not true. 2 thumbs up!!!!!
I'd never used a moving service before so I was quite apprehensive about using the service. I called around for a few weeks and did lots of homework. When you call you get to speak directly to the owner. He was very patient with me and answered all of my questions I had. I initially didn't book with them, trying to find a cheaper price and they were it. So when I called back to book he was still very nice and wasn't offended. They showed up on time and were very careful with my things. They wrapped everything and made sure to not damage anything. They were VERY professional and I'd recommend them to anyone.
This store (Freddy's at Penn and Memorial) is amazing. They are one of the best managed food places in OKC. I have 5 children and we LOVE going to Freddy's. We go to several of the Freddy's Frozen Custards and this is the most outstanding one of them all. My kids beg to go there. I used to manage a food restaurant for over ten years and I have found I am quite picky with the type of service I get with businesses. They go out of their way to make sure their customers are satified and treated well. Thank you for caring so much about your customers.
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.