I contacted Early does it and talked to Chris. He was very polite and professional. He assured me of his work and by my surprised he went above and beyond. First, I had him install my floating hardwood flooring in three rooms. Not only was he punctual he was quick. Since he did such a great job we had him come back and install an electrical outlet in our kitchen island that turned out perfect. Loving his work, he had him come back several times. We had him install tile in two seperate locations, do some wiring with our surround, he came over on an emergency call to help repair our damaged ceiling around our chimney from a leak, do some dry-walling in our basement, fix our loose stairway railing, and put up wainscoting in our master bedroom. No matter what he always tried to get to my projects as soon as he could, and made me feel like I was top priority. I will be using his company for anything I come across. He is very talented in several different areas of expertise.
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The review from 2013 is a lie; we have yet to charge a tenant for a water heater or a dishwasher. The review from 2016 is an unfortunate chain of events that I, as the manager, tried to get resolved & to communicate with the tenants - but my hands were tied, I can only proceed with what a property owner agrees & allows - I am glad their situation was eventually remedied. The review from May 2017 is also slanderous. Branden D. is not our tenant - but my question would be, how long should a tenant get to live in a home stealing from a landlord? Since ultimately that is what you are doing when you live in a unit and are expected to pay rent but refuse to do so - sorry, but mortgage companies don't really care that a tenant hasn't paid rent so the property owners then can't make their mortgage payment.
We rented a house in Springfield, Mo from The Jacques Company. I cant emphasis how much I appreciate this company, especially Michael Jacques. (to be fair, I have only dealt with Michael one on one). Michael is always quick to respond to emails or calls regarding any questions or requests. He is very professional. If we had decided to stay in Springfield, and not move out of town, we would have stayed with The Jacques Company. I would definitely refer them to anyone looking for a good rental experience with a trustworthy company!
I have been a resident for over 3 years, first at Crosswinds and now at Deeswood. The staff and employees are second to none. Any issue is addressed and corrected immediately. I have no thoughts of renting elsewhere. They are the most reasonable too, considering all the included amenities. I'm allowed my dog & cat, which a majority of other complexes or communities will not. I highly recommend you check out Oak Ridge before making any decision.
I have been lived Polo Club for one year, They are doing great job, they have 100MB per unit internet, pet allow, swimming pool, nice neighborhood that very close to grocery store, school, park, and so on, maintenance people do fix problems , there is to much good to say how is nice apartment in springfield, for all of these the rent price is good value for their offer.
The Polo Club Apartments is a great location on the south side if you expect a quiet, and friendly atmosphere. The new management has been wonderful; they have passed out a little Polo Club magazine (very cute and creative), opportunities for get-togethers with other tenants, and even hold decorating contests during holidays!
I bought lots 14-17 from www.instantacres.com and I was shocked at how good this company was. I was skeptical at first, but they are the best out there. Not only did they sell me the land, but they followed through by helping me find landscaping and construction help. I didnt know anyone and they made it easy. Thanks
We have had wonderful experiences in our business dealings with Cowherd Construction. Over the last 20 years these have included new home construction, remodeling, and property repairs/management. It would be difficult to find a company with a better work ethic, or more integrity. HIGHLY recommend!!
I am enjoying to live here Cherry Plaza. The apartment is very close to the campus of MSU and affordable price. Nice to live two people because the apartment provide 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Usually, they are quick to respond and fix major problems.
My boyfriend and I love our spacious two bedroom apartment. The red accent wall and walk in closet are my favorite part. The staff is friendly and easy to work with. Perfect first apartment for anyone. I highly recommend giving it a look.
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.