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I lived in one of their properties for a couple of years, and it started OK, but then it got worse and worse as time went. The building I lived in was small, and they assigned a watcher to watch the cars coming and going from the lot and keep track of what guests were frequent to each unit, although they told me that they would respect tenant's privacy before I moved in. I'm not sure when they bought or updated their washer and dryer, but the washer was so low powered that I was not the only one to experience problems such as the laundry being stuck and wet once the cycle was over. When telling them the problem, they did nothing to fix the it, but only to return the quarters. I ended up taking my laundry elsewhere, like to a public coin operated laundromat on the weekends, and it was such a waste of time. Their management seems unfamiliar with technologies such as email or automatic payment. I was doing auto pay for my rent for a while, and then they kept calling me to tell me that it got lost and they couldn't trace it. I checked with my bank, and the checks were always sent out on time. I ended up going back to writing checks after that. They did take notice when something wasn't working. However, be prepared to have them come in for days, and sometimes, weeks to fix one simple problem. They raised rent every year, typically about 6-10% of the rent. But the surprising fact was that the increase was different for each unit, although all the units were identical in the building I stayed at. I am not certain why the raise in rent was different for different tenants. On snowy days, they would have the trucks to plow the snow in the parking lot, but the steps into the building tenants had to walk on was never clean, and usually covered by ice. The worst was when I moved out. I followed all the instructions by cleaning thoroughly the entire unit, it took me and my family about 1 week to clean. However, they still deducted huge amounts off my deposit.
I have never had a less professional relationship, nor a lack of respect from a body from whom I was renting from.I currently live in an apt managed by them and the moment my lease is up I'm getting the heck out of here.
Terrible NEW management (since 2016) that has used abusive tactics on myself and others to keep us in line or move us out so our apartments could be remodeled and new renters could be charged more for monthly rent than long timers who had lived there for many many years. Otherwise they simply have increased the rent by $200.00 over three years, which has cause many tenants who lived there for over 5 years or more to move out. In my situation, I was lied to by Pam the manager, as well as threatened in the form of sarcasm. She used fear tactics and tried to pit me against my on sight caretaker who was let go after 27 years of living in the building, as well as trying to pit me against all my neighbors by making me think they hated me. She has made reports with false accusations that in her mind become facts once on paper and she did things that she did NOT need to do, but for some reason she makes this stuff personal and attacks you. You are best off living on the streets rather than under this villains boot and heel.
Tom, Lynn and the 33rd team run a well oiled machine. Maintenance requests are handled very promptly and overall tenant relationship was positive. The owners are approachable and the property management team truly cares.If you are looking for a place to rent, contact 33rd Properties!
Finding a property owner to rent from that you can trust is hard and scary, which is why I would highly recommend Abeler Properties. Abeler is reliable, friendly, personable and professional. I have rented from them for 2 years, and I have never had a better landlord. With any maintenance issues, they were always fixed within 24 hours. There is truly no competition.
Also, the worst experience of our lives. I would also give them a zero if it was an option. The most unprofessional, unorganized, unfriendly company I have every worked with. From a lack of initial and ending walk-throughs of the property (which never happened), unanswered phone calls, unanswered property maintenance requests, waiting around for weeks for scheduled and then cancelled repair promises, to severe plumbing issues from the property never having regularly scheduled maintenance or replacement, rude and non-existent communication on a constant basis, to bullying on lease agreements and never returning deposits. The most unethical company practices I have ever experienced. Be aware! Don't use them, rent from them, sign a contract with them, all severely terrible service!
Great Property Management Company. Our property manager knows a lot, and has helped us to add a few additional boat docks, but calling the city and then the DNR in order to get it approved. Just in time for summer! She did an amazing job!
Great Property Management company. Our manager knows a lot, and has helped us to add a few additional docks, but calling the city and then the DNR in order to get it approved. She did an amazing job! Just in time for summer!
Great Company that does Home Owner Association Property Management for our Town Home community. We have been very impressed with their services and the property manager is very much on top of things. She has sent text messages last winter to the members to help clear the parking lots and make sure that the vendor could completely clear out the lot. It if course helps when you have a proactive property manager!Great maintenance services and vendors as well. I think that she has really helped to make a difference in our HOA and the members all seem to be closer together in helping to make our association much better and to have less of the issues that we were having previously. The freezing pipe issue is one thing that they fixed and we had been having problems for years.
Great property manager and management company. They have always been there for us and I was very impressed. Our property manager coordinated a huge fence replacement project for the whole community that included privacy fencing around each units back yard. She also suggested a trellis over each entry way door that is so nice! We can hang flower pots now!I recommend this company to any HOa board that need Home Owner Association Property Management Services. They are great!
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: