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I lived in a house in Milton, FL that was managed by Sunquest Properties from December 2010 to July 2013.Over the 2.5 years I lived there, I found Sunquest to be an extremely easy company to do business with. For the most part, those 2.5 years were just me paying my rent on time and not really having much interaction beyond that.At one point, my septic tank was full and the was a bit of backup in my sinks and tubs. Pretty gross, but I called Sunquest and Teresa was very helpful and got someone out to pump the tank immediately. No disputes about paying for it, no hold up, no delay. They even paid for some septic treatment packets to be added each month.Since most of the reviews seem to focus on the checkout and deposit, I'll say I didn't really have problems on that front. My inspection was scheduled in a very rushed manner because my mortgage company kept changing dates on me, but Tina was very flexible and made an appointment to meet my deadlines. She simply came into the house, took a bunch of pictures with her digital camera and told me they would be compared to the pictures from the last checkout to determine what my responsibilities were. She was very friendly and courteous. Now, I will say that we worked HARD on getting that house ready. We filled in all the holes we made, painted over them, cleaned the windows, etc. But the thing is, these items are all specified in the documentation I got at the time I moved in, so while strict, I knew what I was getting myself into.At the time of inspection, there definitely was some normal wear and tear. The walls had some dull or shiny spots from normal wear or fresh paint. Little marks here or there, and there were a number of items from the previous tenant. Namely, they had "patched" the carpet just by stuffing a square of carpet under the baseboard, some paint stains in one of the bedrooms, and some weird depressions in the bathroom wall. On top of the normal stuff, there were some other things I just outright damaged and can't really excuse. Most notably, my 16 year old sister-in-law spilled some ramen noodles on the carpet 3 days before my inspection, and the stain was rather obvious. I haven't gotten my official paperwork back yet, but I was notified this morning by Sunquest that they'd be returning all but $160 of my initial deposit. Really, it's fair and I'm happy.Your experience may vary, and I'm not claiming that Sunquest is perfect. However, the claims of "criminal" and being illegally billed "thousands" of dollars certainly doesn't match my experience. Given how professional and nice all of those ladies were to me during my stay, I'd assume the other reviewers must have trashed those houses, honestly.I'd recommend Sunquest Properties to my family members.
Great staff and help with your missionary sponsored child /children. You can be assured that your child is receiving the best in Christian education and receiving the daily essentials needed for healthy spiritual and physical growth and development! If you have love to share with a child, you can place your trust in Globe International, Inc to provide you with a child that needs you and the support offered from you its sponsors to provide the best for God's littlest angels! You also get the pleasure to have personal contact with your child through letters, emails and cards without going through another party for all your correspondence. I have in over a decade of experience with Globe and only two children! I have shared many letters and cards with my kids. I have never been personally asked by either child or parent for any additional funds. So, personal contact with your child can be successful without the fear of solicitation! You stand worse chances of phone solicitors than an ungrateful family! I also love the missions and missionary families that are supported by GLOBE. Be blessed by a company that truly puts GOD first and it shows! I am not affiliated in anyway with Globe International, Inc other than through sponsorship.
I am so grateful for Two Times a Lady. The women who worked there helped me enough so that I knew what was in the store but they allowed me and my family to look around. When I started pulling out wedding dresses to try on, one of the girls came over and helped me put them in the dressing room as well as arrange the dress after I had put it on. She also gave me several helpful suggestions for some alterations that I wanted to have done to the dress. And their seamstress is absolutely amazing! She is so sweet and helpful. She told me about some different ideas she had to make the dress work for me and just made the entire experience that much better. I walked out of this store with a beautiful dress that I cannot wait to wear for my big day, but to make it even more satisfying, I spent a fraction of what I would have spent anywhere else. I am so grateful that I did not have to spend alot of money for my dress but I was able to get something that looks this amazing. I would recommend that any brides in Pensacola give Two Times a Lady a try before they shop anywhere else.
I lived in a rental for 6 months. I called Bobby and told him I was considering moving back to Arkansas and ask if I could break my lease. I was told two things. One was that I could but until the unit was rented again I would have to keep paying the lease. Seemed fair, I actually ran an ad on craigslist and sent someone to them to lease the unit. This part worked out great. Then I ask about my deposit. He told me that he would return it to me in 14 days. It has been 2 months and everytime I ask them they say it is being mailed out. Dont Lie just state the facts and be truthful. When you call back the lady at the desk just says oh we have been busy. Before i moved out I had the carpets cleaned and painted the walls. I cleaned the apt to better than move in ready. It was better than when i moved in I had to spray for roaches. They were so bad that they were even in the dishwasher. They also charfed me a rekey fee but when I moved in I never used the service. Be honest
Jonathan DelGallo and Britton Condon were extremely fast, efficient, and the quality of work they and their team provided was top notch. Extremely thorough and only perfection was their focus. I've never dealt with anyone so committed to making sure their client is consistently happy through a project this size. Plus my wife was very happy with the work accomplished and she is NOT an easy woman to impress! She has very high standards when it comes to our home and this company met every one of her standards and then some. Bravo!! We will be having these guys do a lot more work on the many properties we own. Thank you DelGallo Construction Group for the great work!
Me and my family have never had any problems with Perdido Sands, we've rented two separate properties from them over the past two years. When we left the first one they gave us a list of items that needed to be cleaned, which was very long, but we used it and had no problem getting our security deposit back. Both houses were in great shape and they always fixed things right away, unlike a lot of the dingy, smelly, run-down houses we've been shown in the area by other companies. AND they actually answer the phone when you call, even on the weekends. We tried to rent from My home SPot once, we couldn't even get them to take our phone calls.
They was outstanding the lady was very helpful for me and my bridesmaid. she measured us some pulled all kinds of dresses in style that we said we would like. she was very patient very helpful and I'm 100 percent satisfied. The price is very reasonable the service was outstanding they have all kinds of sizes big girls are more than welcome to go shopping.... I would highly recommend anybody go there for any kind of bridal wedding or special event needs. thank you to two times a lady for helping me and my bridesmaid wear so appreciative
I hope that others looking to find a church in the Pensacola area are not swayed by only one review on here. I have attended this church for over two years, am a single mother, and have often been asked to participate in many different roles for worship. From serving communion, to helping with the children, to event planning, to my testimony, I have always felt there is an equal role within our church for men and women. Please decide for yourself and come visit us on any given Sunday!
When my husband and I were ready to buy a condo or home in the Pensacola area, by a stroke of luck, we ended up contacting Miriam Rowland with ERA. That was one of the best things to happen to us. Although we weren't sure exactly what we were looking for, Miriam figured it out. With her guidance and patience, we were able to find our dream home. I would 100% use Miriam and ERA again, and would also recommend her to others. She made the house hunt an easy and fun experience.
My husband and I decided to try this hole in the wall out and glad we did. I started out with the fish balls which were scrumptious...just the right amount of spice, then the bacon wrapped grilled shrimp & salad...delicious!! The staff was very friendly and efficient. They even brought me a sample of curry chicken and rice that was very tasty too. Prices were very reasonable also. We eat out a lot and I'm very picky, with that said, I recommend you try them out & enjoy!
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.