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Lovely work originally, terrible followup. I had my entire thigh done by Kyle Olsen (who was appointed to me without asking if I wanted anybody specific), but it was an overall wonderful experience. His placement was perfect the first time, and he was a joy to speak with while working on my leg. Unfortunately, though, I will never go back to this shop. I was told to call in about two weeks to get touch-up information, and wasn't helped at all while on the phone. His card itself only has the shop's phone number as contact information, and when calling the shop, I was only able to speak with their desk guy, who was vague when asking questions and absolutely useless in giving me any more information on when to call again. I contacted Kyle himself over Facebook, and he told me when he was free and set up an appointment with me for a certain day at 12. I waited until 12:30 in the parking lot, and he didn't show up. They don't open for business until 1, so I thought maybe he meant 1 or was caught up somewhere else. I waited until 1 and went in, and was told that they didn't have any number to contact him at. Finally around 2, he came in and glanced at me as if he was surprised. He looked at the computer and said I had no appointment, and refused to do my touch up because of it. I later nicely contacted him again, saying I'd get a hold of him later for a touch-up, and he didn't even respond.
I decided to finally get my lip pierced, and my brother decided to get his first tattoo. I did some quick internet research, and came across Doc's. We made our appointment, and two days later we were in the shop. The shop itself is incredibly nice looking. It's clean, well organized, and looks very professional. The people were amazing. Doc and his wife couldn't of been more kind. I got my piercing first. It was almost completely painless— and I had been worrying that entire morning. The longest part was washing my mouth out beforehand! I was done in ten minutes. My brother had a very difficult tattoo to do, but it was nothing for Doc. He finished the design in less than two hours, and helped my brother as to where color could be added to make the design even more beautiful. Most amazing, however, was the fact that Doc noticed that my brother's eyebrow had been terribly pierced, and that the piercing was starting to be rejected. Doc pierced his other eyebrow. Afterward, we found out that the place that pierced my brother's eyebrow had used a belly button ring! No wonder it was rejecting. All of this was done in around two hours. I couldn't be more happier with my experience, and I hope that everyone who is getting either a piercing or tattoo decides on Doc. And to think I was going to go to the same place that did my brother's eyebrow!
I have 5 tattoos from Greg at Doc Holliday's and in every case, without exception, he has delivered exactly what I wanted. I like to design my own tattoos, and Greg is perfect at replicating them on my body, and has great suggestions on detail, design, sizing and location that have helped me make good final decisions. I had him do a bar code tattoo on my leg last year, it's what's called a "3 of 9" code, that I picked up somewhere and designed it to say "ABDCTE", short for abductee, as in, I've been abducted by aliens before and then returned with this tattoo so they can track me. This is how detailed Greg's work is... I went to Walmart after the tattoo was healed and had a clerk use a handheld scanner to scan the barcode on my leg. It beeped, and they said they guess it didn't work, "it only says something like ABDCTE...". I laughed and told them that that was exactly right! My girlfriend has also been tattooed by him [a very realistic looking spider, with shadows and everything] and love his work as well. I highly recommend him if you're looking for a tattoo!
Okay, due to technical difficulties with Yellowpages.com, this is now the third time attempting to leave a review, but it's important to me to give feedback. I value other's experiences when making choices, so here goes. I'm 46 and received my first and only tattoo from Doc Holliday's in Salt Lake City. I had spent money and time dealing with other establishments prior to finding Doc's and I'm so, so happy that I found Docs. I had Greg do my work and all that I can say is never going to be enough to express my satisfaction of the artwork that now and forever will adorn my right shoulder blade. It's a very personal tattoo and I feel that Greg put a very personal amount of effort into the finished product. I don't have a tattoo at all, I have artwork and I'm extremely touched by it. If you're looking for a clean, friendly and professional environment, then Doc's is the place. Thank you so much Greg, I now have my mother with me forever! Dana Lee
I selected Amen Construction after interviewing and getting estimates from four construction companies. As it turned out I chose the right one this time. The owner, Rick is a very honest, conscientious individual. He always showed up on time on the agreed days and put in full days. He was on site for most every part of the remodel except some of the plumbing. Rick did most all of the work himself and did not rely upon any unreliable crews as many construction companies make a practice of. Rick did not "discover: any hidden repairs that would have driven the price up. I feel that he would return and fix problems if any arise. If you've ever hired a contractor who talked a good game, but didn't deliever, you will be pleasantly surpised with Amen Construction. I highly recommend Amen Construction would choose them again. Joe
Let me start by saying I am a complainer... I don't take much time out of my day to mention that someone does a job that they are paid for.. However this being said Doc's is the only place I will go anymore for my tattoos. Doc did a cover up on my leg about 7-8 years ago and needless to say I was very pleased. He took time to show me how he could make it look better - plus really drew it out on my leg so that I could see the differences and was honest on the cost and time it would take.I have been pleased with my tattoo ever since. I recently went back to Docs to get a new tattoo and showed off my old one since it still looks great. The color is still amazing and I continue to get compliments on it.My new tattoo is beautiful, the staff at Docs are always amazing and shop is always clean. For great body art go to Docs.
I found Southern Thunder Tattoo to be a refreshing blend of an old fashioned environment of commitment to the art with a modern feel for making customers feel valued and appreciated. It is clear that the fact that they have been there since 1992 is in no way an accident. My experience there was further complimented by the wonderfully creative artist, Jenn Cook. Who, after carefully listening to what I wanted, delivered an artistic interpretation that not only was tailored to my specifics, but was also imaginative, creative, and unique. The details are exquisite. Jenn Cook exceeded my expectations and not only will I return to her for more ink, I also recommend her to anyone and everyone who is looking for an outstanding tattoo artist who is committed to her art.
I am the owner of Jeremiah Rex Smith Construction and wanted to reply to the review from Soror V. and set the record straight. I received the following letter from the owner of this job. "Jeremiah did commendable work in my back yard. He is a fine, gentle, competent man whose work is flawless. But the renter at this property took a dislike to Jeremiah so decided to post a derogatory review on him. This is my desire to set the situation right. I would not hesitate to hire him again. I recommend him to anyone wanting an excellent job... You will be glad you did! –D. Petersen. September 2015." This home owner actually hired me back to do a second job for her at her home one month later.
Hey this is the best place i'm sure to get a tattoo. Doc and his wife Lisa was great they are very experienced and professional with their work. When I walked in the shop and showed Doc my very old tattoo from 1985 and ask if he could fix it Doc stated that he was going to do a miracle and he truely did just that. The shop was very clean and Doc and his wife Lisa made me feel very comfortable. I will tell anyone that Doc Holliday Tattoos is the place. Doc promised me to e-mail me the before, during, and after pictures of my tattoo being done. I can't wait to get them. Thanks for your great work Doc and expertise. Cathy Molinaro Tattoo done 8-29-2009
Jeremiah Rex Smith and his crew has done several jobs for me at home: Two concrete jobs, which were done with care, using great technique, on time, and the envy of the neighborhood. We discussed details ahead of time, answered every question, before and during the work. I used his company because he stressed craftsmanship and had a crew that had been working with him for a long time. All were very responsible. He always listened to what I needed to be done. Jeremiah also acted as general contractor for a deck. He made the project flow smoothly and matched the job to some excellent sub contractors. I will be using him again in the future.
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.