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Johnel is a machine. He doesn't stop to eat or sleep like normal humans. We found him online as a recommended realtor. He was available literally 24 hrs to take our calls like he told us the first time we reached out to him. He's lived in Staten Island all if his life and knows the S.I. like the back of his hand. He worked hard for us and found us our dream apartment. At the end, when it came down to the final 2 options and my husband and I were at a complete impasse, Johnel stepped away to allow us to discuss, but we realized that even though this was a very personal decision, we wanted him to help us decide, so we called him back over. Johnel took us BACK to view the units AGAIN, and never let on if he felt this was a nuisance or a waste of time.He is part salesperson, part marriage ref, and there were even times that I felt like I was just walking through S.I. with a friend. It can sometimes get awkward spending hours on end with a complete stranger roaming around S.I. being from the BX, but there was never a boring or awkward moment with Johnel. He was personable, talkative and kept my husband and me engaged throughout the entire journey. We get why most of his business is through referrals!Thank you to Johnel Franks and to his team! You guys are great, and we won't work with anyone else in the future!
To Prospective Clients of Johnel Franks...Johnel far surpassed our expectations again!!! He's a complete gentleman! Pleasant, knowledgeable, friendly, organized and responsive ...Forgetaboutit! For starters, we purchased this off-market 4 family property from Johnel in 2015. He explained exactly what he was going to do back then, and as I remember we closed on that puppy in less than 30 days! He does exactly what he says he would do so we've been using Johnel ever since. Renting out our properties these days takes more expertise than it did in the past to find quality tenants. Johnel made this time look especially easy because he knew exactly what we expected and what he needed to do. He stayed 'on top' of process from start to finish. Not a moment was lost because he was initiating and responding to our needs day and night. Whether you are a landlord, buyer or seller, we do not think you can go wrong working with Johnel. We can’t be happier with the service we continue to receive, that's why he's our guy!. Trust me we wouldn't write a kicka** review like this if we didn't mean it. If you would like to speak with us about our experience with Johnel, you can reach us at 1800-343-1214. Good luck with your sale, purchase or tenants!!!Cash For Cars, DominicStaten Island, NY 10303March 2017
I rarely write reviews but had to write one for Johnel Franks (we call him John), realtor with Plaza Island Properties and the owner of Richmond Property Inspections. We spoke to three companies, including the big one (I'm not mentioning names) and John won on all fronts. We were not shopping price. We were shopping for a well known knowledgeable realtor, a hustler, someone who was easy to work with and responsive. We got all of that and more! John and his team, pay attention to detail and do all of the other things you would hope all realtors would do, but typically don't. John was incredibly patient and accommodating as he needed to coordinate with our attorney and bank. By coordinating the two, John has been able to facilitate our Short Sale going thru without a hitch. I have to agree with the previous reviewers when it comes to the performance of John. John was successful in fighting for a mover's assistance allowance which was a pleasant surprise! John is OUTSTANDING!
Apartment hunting is not easy. Prior to meeting Johnel, I was dreading the difficulties that go with moving on the Island.Working with him was an entirely new and positive experience. My boyfriend and I met him in Western Beef handing out his business cards and holding conversations with random shoppers. He was extremely friendly, patient, and very knowledgeable of the north shore neighborhoods. Unlike many realtors I'v dealt with in the past, I truly felt like he was genuinely dedicated in helping us find a place best suited for our lifestyles. I can't say enough positive things about Johnel. If you choose him you have made the right decision!UPDATE: Johnel is still the best! We most recently selected him to represent us again, as we are deciding to purchased our Downtown Staten Island home. It has been quite a while since we went through the buying process and Johnel is demonstrating his value yet again! He's so reliable, honest, dedicated and knowledgeable.OUR HERO!
Johnel is as thorough and details-orientated as you would want him to be and has your best interests as a home-buyer in mind. EVEN THOUGH WE DIDNT USE HIM TO PURCHASE THE HOME he knew we are first time home buyers and took every opportunity to pause and explain what everything means. He showed us how to work the thermostat and alarm systems, gave us safety advice for storing items in our utility room, and was truly an advocate. His approach is almost scientific and his demeanor is professional. He is well-versed, knowledgeable, and fair. He was recommended to us by a friend who used him several years ago for a Certified Home Inspection and still held up to his reputation. His Property Condition Report was very detailed and easy to understand, and his price was reasonable compared to other estimates we got. We are grateful we hired Johnel as our home inspector for the purchase of our first home. We even used his recommendation for home owners insurance!
Mr. Franks is a phenomenal agent, and one that I highly recommend. I was so pleased with his dedication and attitude with helping us sell our home. From the first time we spoke with him he assured us that he could sell our property at 226 Taylor Street even though the home had been vandalized and all the cooper water and heating pipes had been removed. The very next day Mr. Franks drove from Staten Island down here to Dover Delaware so we could sign the paperwork on an all cash offer for our asking price. We had a closing set for one month later but that got delayed until this following month. All the while Mr. Franks was in contact with us through phone calls, texts and even facetime on our cell phones! Mr. Franks went the extra mile to reassure us that we, our home and the sale were in good hands.We ended up closing on the sale last week. My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Franks except that he truly lives up to his reputation.
In the sleazy, money grubbing legal world where billing your client is the name of the game Mr. File really separates himself from the crowd. Having gone thru 2 completely inept lawyers previously for a case, Howard took my case and immediately I saw the difference. He fought back against the tide of lies that were being said about me, a lunatic opposing attorney, and a judge that seemed to have a personal vendetta against me. All the while Howie guided me with finesse, telling me what to do and making sure everything was filed in a timely fashion. He did something none of my other lawyers did, he really fought for me. On top of that he was upfront about his billing and went as far as to make decisions that would maximize my retainer instead of burn thru it. I can't recommend Howard File enough. When the chips are down and things look hopeless, pick up the phone and call Howard. He will get the job done.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND this attorney and wonder if the lower ratings are from people who were on the other side of her case that she beat in court and now look to get even with her by using the rating system as a bashing forum... Do yourself a favor and read the GOOD RATINGS and see what those of US have to say! She is a highly skilled Lawyer who will defend her clients with a no-nonsense approach! She Is well-prepared in Court and does NOT drag out the case and will NOT tell you lies or mis-lead you in any way even if it is something you prefer not hearing! As for her fees, they are reasonable and for those who have complained, DON'T YOU want to get paid for the work YOU do? BE SMART AND BELIEVE THE GOOD RATINGS... HIRE HER BEFORE YOUR OPPONENT DOES!!!! You don't want to be on the other side of the table!!! Don't say I didn't GIVE YOU THE HEADS UP!!! DON'T HESITATE...SHE IS THE BEST!!!
Occasionally we list our properties with Johnel Franks but when we have multifamily dwellings to rent out we ALWAYS retain Mr. Franks.We also use his Bird Dog services also to find properties for us to flip. Let me tell you this kid is part scout, detective, and accountant. Very professional and through.To be honest, we are probably not the easiest company to deal with but he always keeps us in the loop on his progress with any projects we give him and follows our strict guidelines with screening renters.We read all these reviews and others before we went with him and I can vouch for the fact that all the positive reviews are true. I'm not a huge fan of real estate agents or brokers in the industry but Mr. Franks is a headliner. We do not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and he will be our go to agent in Staten Island.-SOUTH AVENUE LLC.
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: