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Being a military bride means being ready for the unexpected. My now Husband and I decided to get married 4 WEEKS before our actual Wedding Day!! It was up to me to plan an indoor ceremony at a nice venue with 40 guests, a GREAT officiant, and find a wedding dress in 28 days!! Oh and not to mention, it all had to be under our budget of $500!!!! YIKES !! I decided to call Mr.Jensen to see what all the chitchat about him was, and the second he picked up the phone, I knew why his clients loved him so much! He was so joyful,helpful, caring,funny, understanding and WILLING to take time out of his day to meet us at the courthouse to help us with the Marriage License process, but most importantly take the time out of his CHRISTMAS EVE to Marry us! :D I must have called about 4 different times and he always answered right away! I love that he is available 24/7 because with my husband in the military and in different time zones I couldn't imagine having the stress of not having both of them talk because of the time difference! The Vows he preformed were so touching, and beautiful! That's not even the best part of it all. With my family being Mexican and his family being American we thought we had to choose what language we wanted our ceremony to be in but not with Mr.Jensen! He preformed a ceremony in BOTH English AND Spanish :D and all of this for an affordable price! Theres no officiant in San Antonio better than him ! It Shouldn't even be an option for you(: Mr.Jensen I cant thank you enough for all of your help and support in our Marriage. Beren and I will always be grateful to have found an officiant like you who made our wedding day that much better! Than you so much and God Bless!(: -Beren and Griselda Mann
Mr. Jensen was very helpful through the entire process. Me and my wife are both active military( Air force, Army) I was coming down to visit for memorial day weekend when we decided to plan our wedding for that Saturday. it was an extreme short notice and I didn't know how it was going to be pulled off but it was. From the first phone call me and my wife made, he explained how everything was going to work and we knew that we were going to do the wedding through him. My biggest problem for us was actually getting a marriage license because both parties need to be present at the courthouse to receive a license. she was in school at the time and I live out of state so it was impossible to both be present. Luckily this wasn't Mr. Jensen's first rodeo in this situation so he met up with my wife at the court house to fill out all the paper work and a ABSENTEE AFFIDAVIT with all her information, and turned in all the paperwork for us. The day before the wedding when I arrived in Texas, I met Mr. Jensen at the courthouse and signed my portion of the papers and turned in the ABSENTEE AFFIDAVIT that she filled out and that was it, it was all taken care of. The following day we had our wedding, right on the river walk. My wife and I really liked the ceremony and the promises he had us make to each other, it is definitely something we will remember for the rest of our lives. If you are looking for something easy and really affordable I extremely recommend going through Mr. Jensen. He is very professional and has a positive attitude. He also does military discount.
To whoever you are: I am surprised that you even chose to write about such petty topics when reviewing Mr. Jensen's service, especially when you had no intention of ever using it, and I cannot help but feel that you, perhaps, are the one who is "weird and tactless". First of all, who, other than yourself obviously, has the nerve to ask such personal questions? No offense, but from what you have written, you sound like some sort of bigot, or racist, and an uneducated instigator. Hopefully, you are not, but that is how you come off to be. I think that in these tough economic times, all people are interested in is quality and a reasonable price, not how the marriage officiant will look in wedding pictures. Unfortunately, my husband and my work schedules have us constantly on the go, so choosing to get married without a rehearsal was a relief. Moreover, what is there to rehearse for anyway? Unless you have no clue where you are going to stand or what you're going to answer for your vows (I do, or I don't), then I suppose you need one, but otherwise, they are pointless and stressful. Mr. Jensen never gave my husband and me reason to believe that he is a "sales shark"; rather, he is just a man who wants to make a living, but he also wants his clients to be happy at the same time, which is why he probably wished you "good luck". Oh, and if he happens to not mention any aspect of having even a prayer involved in the marriage ceremony itself, that probably means that he does civil ceremonies. Just a thought.
We were in San Antonio on vacation and saw a simple sign in the Cadillac bar window "Bexar county weddings" "Quick, no waiting, same day". We had been together over a decade, and deeply in love but past experiences did not make marriage attactive idea, but international travel, inheritance and taxes made it practical. We thought, we do it in another state, our friends and family will not hear of it and make a big deal, perfect. Mr. Jensen meet us quickly, and although he was perfectly willing to just say "your married" kiss, here is your paperwork, he seemed a little disappointed. "are you sure you do not want any vows?" The next day after a quick tour of court house, we are sipping spicy bloody marrys at the Cadillac Bar across the street and Mr. Jensen full of energy who makes you smile at his presence, bounds up and his face turns slightly serious, " are you sure you do not want any vows?" I said "Ok, we talked it over, keep it short and secular and you can do the vows" In two minutes, standing by an old juke box, looking in each others eyes and repeating the vows after him we were both in tears. Two hours later we had called and texted all our friends and told them. What would have been a business transaction, thanks to Louis Jensen turned into a marriage. He is great, and a unique character that made the whole thing so special and memorable- Olivia and Vincent
but with these additions. The new owners are actively fixing up their property. They seem to care about it. It was neglected, dangerous before Lynd came along. The managers? We haven't needed their help so can't comment on whether they're responsive or helpful. I would hope that they spell out what are the policies here and enforce them cause some of these folks are despicable. Unsupervised kids are one of the biggest problems. Kids between 7 and 11 years old, wild and will challenge you if you dare say something about them throwing rocks or running in the parking lots. They're constantly messing around other people's cars. We have cracked windows from them throwing rocks at windows and cars and each other. Wish they'd get rid of the landscape rocks! I think we'd be in a much better place if the parents were compelled to get out of bed and watch their children. Unless one of them comes up dead or hurt nothing will change. Besides the dope heads, kids left to their own devises will bring a place down quicker than anything. All of this can be placed at the lap of absentee 'parents' who need to stop pawning their kids off on the community and take responsibility. I recommend renting here to others with the current owners. They have much to do to bring this long neglected place around but they're trying and doing a great job.
In order to satisfy U.S. Immigration laws for my wife’s pending residency in this country, we had to first obtain a civil marriage here before a planned wedding in her home country of Mexico. While at the courthouse getting our marriage license, we asked the clerk for the names of persons who could conduct a civil ceremony for us. She recommended three or four persons including Louis Jensen. Among all the persons we contacted, Louis bested everyone else in terms of meeting our needs and schedule, while also offering a fair price. We arranged for Lewis to come to our home. He arrived promptly. He was highly professional, quite pleasant, and displayed a good sense of humor that put me and my wife at ease. Before the ceremony began, he went through a dry run, carefully explaining what would transpire. This was very helpful since there was no prior rehearsal. Since several of our guests were from Mexico, he graciously accommodated them by conducting the ceremony in both Spanish and English. After the ceremony was over, he took the time to explain what would happen before the marriage paperwork was finalized at the courthouse. My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with how smoothly everything went and how charming he was. We highly recommend Louis Jensen.
Louis performed our wedding this past August and we could not have been happier. The first time I spoke to him I knew he would be the one to marry us. He is beyond charismatic and his love of uniting couples resonates immediately. My husband and I had a unique case- our families did not know they were attending a wedding! He went with it and it was beyond successful! After his insistence (and I am so happy he did insist!) we did not talk about too many details other than the necessary logistics which made it fun and exciting for us. He is so quick on his feet and made the ceremony so memorable. The entire ceremony he prepared could not have been more us and I am so happy I let my controlling ways go and let him do what he’s good at. We wanted a non-traditional wedding and this exceeded our expectations. Louis was always there to talk to us with any concerns or road bumps. He handled everything and put us at ease. We even had a date change a few weeks before and he accommodated us! If you want someone full of life to marry you Louis is hands down the first choice! Our wedding would have been boring without all his energy - he engaged everyone and made it such a special moment in our lives. Thank you, Louis!
This complex is average. If you are looking for security, upgraded fixtures, and quality amenities, than you have the wrong place. There have been 5 break ins reported. They have to report all crime in the complex to the residents but they do nothing to make the complex more secure. There seems to be a large amount of dog owners so there is always feces on the sidewalks. Don't let the "gated community" fool you. They have one gate code and once you give it out that person can enter anytime they choose to. Before you sign a lease, physically go check your apartment. I was issued the wrong floor plan and told I had to wait a month and a half before the one I originally requested became available. The leasing agent tried arguing with me and told me that I never asked for a specific floor plan when we had a 15 minute conversation about it over the phone. Due to time and $$ constraints I had to take what was available. The parking is also horrible especially after 6PM. Most of the parking slots have been converted to carports which you have to pay $20.00 a month for. For the amount they charge in rent, they need to upgrade their amenities and provide better security.
Somewhat noisy--apartment walls are very thin so you can hear the neighbors fight in the early morning (next property over) and listen to their barking dog at 3am any given night. The property owner/manager is nice but the work they do in the apartments is left half-done and the workmanship is shoddy. In addition, there have been few hot showers since moving in and the heat wasn't turned on in time for the cold snap (that everyone in San Antonio talked about for a week PRIOR to it turning cold). That left us without heat in 30 degree weather. Not pleasant, especially since you couldn't take a hot shower to warm up. This place has good qualities--it's cute, the grounds are in nice condition and in an up and coming neighborhood only a half mile from The Pearl, but it needs professional management help. There's no one manning the office and keeping track of issues--absolutely no follow-up or tenant contact from management even when it's promised. I don't think this is intentional; the manager/owner in charge can't do it all and they absolutely need to hire help. For the price, we're not terribly impressed--and won't be signing another lease when ours is up.
RE: Cafeteria worker in charge. I like the school curriculum but the lady who serves the children in the cafeteria is rude and heartless with certain little kids. My five year old missed the trash can and spilled his juice on the floor. He had a paper thin napkin in his hand and went to wipe the spill up getting hands all soiled, wet and sticky while trying to clean it. I asked the cook/ cafeteria manager -whatever her useless title is, about why she was just standing there watching him (mind you, there were only three kids in the room eating and she wasn't serving at the time). Her reply, "he needs to be responsible and take care of it himself." Are you kidding me? This cafeteria person should be reprimanded or discharge for making a little child clean a mess with a tiny paper thin napkin that breaks apart with one wipe, not to mention that she was not making any attempt to help clean up the spill. This shows the character of this worker and I am concern with my child's wellbeing around her. Obviously, either she goes or my child. Getting the rediculous excuses from the office make me certain it will be my child.
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.