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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Very professional, nice quality furniture and Debra made our experiences fantastic! We will continue to use their store for our home needs.Leslie Lagace
I lived here for 4 years. In one year (the last) they doubled my rent, Roaches were a constant problem, they wouldn't fix things they were contractually obligated to including the ADA handrail leading up to my apartment even after I had knee surgery and reported it every month for 6 months. To top it off after I left not only did they keep my whole security deposit, but then billed me on top without notifying me and reported it delinquent and messed up my credit for a brief moment until I contested it with the credit bureau. Beware this slumlord place.
College Students Beware!My brother and I have been looking for a place to rent with two of his friends. We are currently renting and the lease is almost up. We stumbled upon the perfect place (reasonably priced, close to campus, etc.). When I called, I was greeted with "Britt Management Group, please hold," followed by several minutes of silence. When they came back on the line I told them which property we were interested in and she asked if I would be renting alone. When told that there would be roommates, she immediately asked the age of the renters. I told her two of them are nineteen and she abruptly cut me off ("Let me just stop you there.") and informed me that in roommate situations, all renters must be 23 or older. However, on their website, it states that all applicants above the age of 18 must submit a separate application with a nonrefundable application fee of $30 (as seen in the picture below).On top of the less than professional phone call, they state they will respond to emails in a timely manner. I personally have not heard back from them on that front, which is why I called in the first place. It is unfortunate that this listing did not work out for us, but, by the way the phone call and email were handled, and judging on the other reviews, I suppose we would be better off elsewhere.
Dr Horton quality is horrendous. Buy one of these if you like a home full of substandard materials and construction defects. They throw your home together using substandard materials and I had problems with almost every component of the home including HVAC, garage door opener, laundry room (leaking upstairs to downstairs), appliances, fireplace, fixtures, carpet, granite etc. Customer service is designed to CYA from construction defect lawsuits. It is horrible that they are allowed to get away with this.
The worst rental company. Charging me for things like weeds that were never there i left the backyard like they had it, repairs on the fence when nothing was wrong with the fence . I will never rent from them again.
This rental agency is the worst. They rip you off and they LIE about everything. They take advantage of people. Nothing in those apartments work properly. Also contacting The Better Business Bureau. I have pictures and many evidence about what big liers and rip off you ALL are!!! Staff are rude and never remember nothing. Stop ripping honest people off!!!
This is the most unethical and predatory property management company I have encountered in decades. The wouldn't let me sign a lease until a week before I was to move in, when all my arrangements were made and I couldn't easily find a new place. "Dee Dee" informed me that she would charge me an additional $50 a month for trash and sewer. When I left they literally stole 3/4 of my security deposit. For example, I left the place in immaculate condition. They charged me $150 fir a "light" cleaning! This is no different from petty theft and should be a criminal act. Warning - prospective renters, if the property is managed by Keller Property Management, KEEP LOOKING!
Look at "YELP REVIEWS" too! UNETHICAL is MANTRA of this company! "Hightail it out of there", if you need a definition of this term: Urban Dictionary is "spot-on"Leopards don't change their spots! **********************************************************************************************************************Keller Realty Property Management Property Management135 Vesta StreetReno, NV 89502orDee Dee Remaklus Realty Inc135 Vesta St, Reno, NV
This is without a doubt the worst rental company I have ever had the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with. Not only are the agents incredibly rude they are completely unprofessional in they way that they handle their rental properties.Additionally their incompetent staff neglects to remove listing for weeks at a time, probably to intice people to look at their website.I made appointments to view 4 different properties all of which were canceled by this company. If this is how they intend to treat their customers I don't see them in buisness for long. I know this is Nevada and you like to think federal laws do not apply to you but the Better Business Bureau I'm sure will say otherwise.I would give you zero stars however I'm required to give a minimum of one.
Debra is an angel. Insurance companies need to work with Home for Now, it's the perfect solution. I highly recommend them. If you're displaced due to moving, house damage, relocation and need something short term or longer, they can accommodate you. They furnish and supply you with what is necessary, and it's not cheap stuff like private parties would do. Their prices are affordable, and if there's an issue it's taken care of promptly. You literally just bring your bags and can start living. They even have cleaning service. This is way better than a hotel, it's really a "Home for now"! :-)Thank you Debra for being soooooo amazing!
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.