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We needed to have the bathroom exhaust/heater replaced.They couldn't come out for a couple of weeks, but the wait was worth it. The electrician and his helper showed up on time. The new unit required a 20 amp breaker. The electrician tested the wiring and determined that the circuit could be upgraded from 15 to 20 amps. They worked quickly to remove the old unit and install the new unit, breaker, and timer. I added their contact info into my phone so it is handy when I need an electrician again.
I believe I first learned about Armando Montelongo and his real estate training program back in January, thinking it popped up on my social media feed. I saw there was an informational day in my area, so I went to it and from there signed up for the three-day event, which was also really good. I have been involved in real estate for a long time, but I needed more training on investing. I then went to Dallas, Texas for the bus tour back in March which was awesome with lots of high-energy and they kept things moving along the entire time. I came back home with my mind full and made a plan with all the information I'd received. I met a lot of people on the bus tour and will keep contact with them through the bus tour page. I've also taken the Master Mentor course and keep in contact with them through the Master Mentor page. I look at it like a college education, and now that I've had the education, I need to use it and do the work. I manage 21 properties so I am very busy, but I'm taking the time to get started with this great opportunity. I have a house I'm about to sell and I've gotten that ready to go with this information. The mentors are fantastic and the help line is wonderful... couldn't ask for anything better. Just knowing that they're there fuels my fire. I don't have to do anything by myself, knowing that they've been where I'm at and have been successful is huge support for me.
Montelongo online and from there went to the trainings. I thought the presentation was really good, and our instructor Chris came across as someone who was successful at the real estate program himself. He wasn't trying to sell anybody anything, just giving us as much information as possible. I learned enough from the trainings to get started, but want to go on to the bus tour in Miami, Florida soon to learn even more. I'll be doing that with a partner to get more hands on experience. I would rate this program five stars and feel like I've received excellent value so far. Would very much recommend this opportunity.
I found out about Armando Montelongo about five years ago, and since I had been wanting to get involved in real estate, this caught my eye. I was especially interested in flipping houses so I went to the free event in my area. They explained different ways of making money by renting or flipping, etc. and I could tell that the presenters had been successful themselves using the program. I next attended the bus tour in Riverside, California which was an empowering and energetic experience. It wasn't just some monotone speaker, we were engaged the entire time and it helped a lot to go through the houses. I do think this program is better done with a partner, I wish I had support from someone to work with, but if I need to call up for help I can get it though. So far I've done a gap funding deal to finance a flip. I've had a lot of learning experiences so far and have even become a Realtor so I can get my foot in the door more. I'm in the middle of selling a house right now and have no doubt my investment will begin to pay off soon.
I woke up at about 2:30 in the morning a few years ago and started watching TV when I saw the commercial for Armando Montelongo's real estate training. I had been exhausted from my job as a property manager, so when I saw it, I was interested. After going to the 1 day intro, my wife and I did the three day event and I could tell that the trainers were educated and experienced in real estate. I believed then, and do now, that the program was realistic and the people were following through and doing what they said they would do. We then did the bus tour in Phoenix, Arizona together too. I had some experience coming from a background as a general contractor, but I started over learning it all new from the program and they gave us the basic numbers of what it was going to take to rehab the homes. We have members of the wolf pack, or "wolfies" that we've been working with, and we're signed up to take Asset Protection next. We've put quite a few offers in, but I've had some physical problems that knocked me out for about a year, but I'm just starting to get back into it. Support from the home office has been great, I have called them up to seven times a day and they are excellent at helping in anyway they can. With all of this, I know I'll succeed.
In all honesty, this is a family friend. He has done work for my family and has done free work for our Congregation. I can say with 100% accuracy that this is a good and honest company and the owner is trustworthy and knowledgeable. You will find no better person.
I went on the bus tour and have done a few webinars. They are very personal with you, they get to know you. There is an overall feeling of fun and high energy. If you apply yourself you can make this happen. The bus tour was broken down into simple steps so you can learn to do estimates on homes from memory. By the end of the tour I was able to do the estimates myself. We met people from all over the place and exchanged business cards, great networking opportunity.We’ve received great support since the bus tour, they are able to speak on our level and help us when we need it. I liked the fact that they referred us to someone to help us with our business taxes.
I have been very satisfied with the training and education that I have received so far. I heard about the program from an infomercial that featured two of his students who had their own TV show, Mark and Raul. I wasn’t looking for an opportunity but when I saw about the meetup I thought I would go and see what they had to say. It was a good seminar, and it made sense to do the full, whole program. They had students who had been successful come along on the bus tour to help, which was held in Riverside, California. Physically walking through the homes was essential to being able to understand the information. We went through three houses and while during our drives, the bus tour leader went through information with us so time wasn’t wasted. I felt like with the intro class it was good information but without the bus tour I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself. After the bus tour, I have taken Cash Flow, Asset Protection, Commercial, Master Mentors, and Market Domination. They make a point to keep current with what is changing with the Real Estate field. I am currently working with a partner; my partner keeps up to date with the weekly webinars. We have been able to network with people and keep in contact with them since the program. We have received great support since finishing the program.
I went to the free seminar and signed up for the program, however, due to my work I was never able to get away to the next part. Wow, working so hard, with no days off... 2 years went by so fast! One day I was feeling pretty regretful about not being able to follow through and attend. So I was REALLY happy when they called me within weeks of that and offered me another opportunity to get involved! I jumped at the chance. I was going to get to that meeting in Sacramento no matter what and it was powerful. I couldn't imagine going back home to my same life and not being a part of the team and life changing opportunity. I went on the Bus Tour Training and other trainings and it's been an absolutely fantastic decision. There is a lot of information and Armando is well versed in a multitude of learning techniques, including keeping it fun, and therefore, easier for the information to become a part of you. He listens and values his students, putting a lot of effort into making sure we are successful by providing ongoing trainings, plus almost daily real time online trainings AND all the hands on help you could ask for by his superb team. Since the bus tour, I have taken other trainings, also. Armando has also provided crucial support in other related areas like Asset Protection. It is such a positive and caring organization. Friends and family know what I am doing and are excited and are involved and supportive in various ways, referring properties to me, as well as, people who need help. I know that with this program you can be guaranteed that the outcome is equal to the effort you put into it. I believe you cannot ask for more than that. I’m very satisfied with the training and I would highly recommend it as the best there is ever.
I found out about Armando Montelongo’s real estate education program through an email I received explaining the program. I went to the one-day event to see what they were about and it interested me enough to go to the three-day seminar. The energy was great, the presenters seemed to know what they were doing. My wife attended these events with me. Next we went to the bus tour in Dallas, Texas.The bus tour was a lot of new knowledge, my wife and I really enjoyed the environment and it was a chance to understand what real estate investing was all about. We were both impressed. I’ve also taken Market Domination, Cash Flow, and I try to listen in on the Webinars each week. I’ve been able to help people do wholesaling. I’m in contact with people who I met at the different trainings and whenever I’ve needed help from the mentors they’ve been great and helpful. I have appreciated that the company is willing to help in any way needed.
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: