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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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This was my first time at this particular salon and most likely be my last. I had been looking for one for a while and, due to its proximity and a couple of positive reviews, I thought I would give it a shot. I took in pictures with me to explain to the stylist the type of color I wanted as well as the style of haircut. She did not ask many questions (which I thought was unusual) and went to work. That made me a little nervous, but I figured it was a fairly easy request, she was a professional, and with pictures, how could my request be misinterpreted? I will start with the positives. My hair cut is cute and she did a good job styling it. It looks healthy. What I did not like was the color. She missed the mark on the color - it was nothing like the picture or what we discussed. She asked me if I wanted a specific shade and I said yes. What I ended up with was no where near that shade. I was very specific about what I wanted (you learn from experience that without a picture your explanation and the stylist's interpretation can be two different things). So, it was not a horrible experience or a horrible cut. I just felt that she did not listen to what I wanted or pay attention to the pictures I brought in. Further, now I am going to have to spend more time and money to get the color to what I want. Speaking of money. I thought the cost of the color was reasonable ($90), however, I was charged for not 1, not 2, but 3 extra color mixings ($45 worth) that she used. I would understand it if my hair was extremely long, but my hair is barely shoulder-length. So, I almost feel as though either she is not experienced enough to estimate how much color to mix or it was purposely done to pad the total cost. I was hoping for and expecting more from a salon like this. I, honestly, could have gone to a Great Clips for a $15 or so haircut and just did the color myself and would have been happier with the results.
Working with Lucid had been a pleasure since day one. The staff members were extremely professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. They walked us though how our website, e-commerce and POS would work together and they provided detailed recommendations on 3 separate e-commerce platforms listing the pros and the cons to each one. They had our website and e-commerce and POS set up in about 4 - 5 weeks with no problem and they even loaded up our inventory which was a huge time saver for us. We now have a maintenance contract with Lucid and they take care of our site for us and provide us with regular updates. One of the main things that I liked about these guys is they went out of their way to make our website better by adding some great graphics and search engine stuff that has landed us on the first page of Google which has helped our business a lot! The nice thing was that they didn't even charge us for it. They just asked us if we wanted it and they added it!!! We highly recommend using Lucid.
I have been in business for over 25 years and have rarely seen a business like Lucid. I have to admit I was skeptical at first, due to my lack of knowledge in web design, however they made me a believer during and after the process. Here's why:Free quote.Free consultation.Competitive prices.Affordable payment plans (mine is about the same as my cell phone bill).Comprehensive evaluation of my needs.Asked good questions about my goals.Help me to meet my goals. Offered several demos of my website.Responded to emails within 24 hours if not immediately in most cases.Provided me updates ever week about the design of my website.Finished my website in about 4 weeks.Provided me with an affordable maintenance plan (about a 1/3 of what I was paying for my old website). Updated my website in 24 - 48 minimum. Friendly staff. Very professional from start to finish.They designed a beautiful website for me that has far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a website.
Mae saved me! When I walked in, out of the blue, with hair that looked like I'd stuck my finger in a light socket .... zap, FRIZZ .... all due to an over-priced, TERRIBLE perm, she cut, styled and literally SAVED my hair and my pride! I have very thin, very fine hair and I thought I was going to have to just wait and watch it all break off til I was left with nothing. The woman who did it was going to refuse a reimbursement of the nearly $150 charge without even seeing what she'd done, too! I mentioned two magic words: "Courtroom" and "Judge" and viola! I got my money back from Damselfly in Homer, AK and took myself to the ladies at Divine Appointments. I know why they call it DIVINE now ... they all three, but especially Mae (May?), are inspirational! They gave me back my faith in hairdressers and gave me back a nice hairdo, without any frizz and with style, too! GOD BLESS THEM! Will refer EVERYONE I know to these fabulous ladies!
Excellent service from the sales person in the store to the outstanding delivery people. I wondered how they delivery people could get my old dryer down from upstairs in a townhouse, so 3 flights of stairs. And how would they get the new one upstairs around 2 corners where the stairs reversed directions. Well, these experts did it in a seemingly effortless manner, although I know that dryer must be awkward and heavy!They maneuvered the dryer around the tight corners up the narrow stairs without disturbing even the position of a picture on the wall and I have lots of pictures along the stairs! Not one bump into the wall! And I did not have to lift up any throw rugs or do anything to rearrange my house. They were polite and very professional, removing their shoes. And the total time at my house was so short! They called in the morning and again when on their way. I am so impressed with the ease of the delivery, the time it took, and no disturbance to my house.
I had made an apt with Lorraine to get a cut, oil treatment, style and wax. My apt was originally at 9:30 and she was running late, so I ended up rescheduling, and when I got there I waited 20 mins past my apt time, she said I had a 70's haircut, bc it was cut straight across and she ended up giving me layers, which I told her when I sat down that I didn't want them, and after my brow wax, it normally gets red and goes away within an hour or two, but this time there was a dried up blood spot underneath my eyebrow, and it was red and bumpy for almost 3 days after my apt. This has never happened to me, I will not be going back!
Joy does such a beautiful job of cutting and coloring my hair. I always get compliments on how beautiful my hair looks and I have long hair. She is such an expert when it comes to color. She does my friends hair coloring and my daughter's coloring with highlights and lowlights. Their hair just comes out beautiful. It's always so shiny and healthy looking. I won't let anybody else touch my hair. I have been going to Joy for years and have always had a beautiful cut and color. I can't imagine you not being happy with her services.
Great company to work with. They are professional, knowledgeable, highly skilled, and affordable. We received exactly what we were looking for as well as a few extra features they recommended to streamline our online forms. We also received weekly updates on the project as well as quick responses to the questions we had. We've worked with 3 web design companies in the past, however Lucid has been the best and easiest company to work with.
I've been in Alaska for 10 months now and just found Sabrina at Salon Demitri!!Sabrina took the time to really understand what I was looking for. She offered her professional insight and explained what I envisioned through her eyes. She nailed it! I walked out sublimely happy and please with my haircut. And I have been receiving compliments since walking out the door. I will not get my hair cut any where else in Anchorage, ever
cut n rays is a cheaper shop to get all ur hair needs and tans and waxing done for great prices and they have late hours and they take walk ins to . so u can stop in after a long day of work they are great they know what there doing and its a friendly place to be and its on muldoon so for people can walk drive or take a bus there and not get lost it next to cheap smokes on muldoon
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.