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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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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
I personally worked for them for a week out of that time I was under payed and over worked the boss Josh and will are a joke and the workers smoke meth on the job this is definitely the worst company I ever worked for and should be over looked when trying to find a good construction crew if you call them be sure they will have meth to smoke on site
Cannot express how displeased I am with team realty. For starters the "property manager" Lisa is very shady as previously expressed in other reviews. Ended up moving into a bug infested house and received zero to little help from the landlord even though the bug problem was brought on by our downstairs tenants. When bug problem was brought to her attention was verbally abused and kicked out of her offices. My advice for you unless you like bug riddled housed in trashy neighborhoods is to stay away from this realtor.
Love this gym good small time feel... equipment is getting rough and shabby and bldg is in need of some upgrades but a great overall atmosphere and an old school feel... employees are very friendly and easy to talk to... along with most of the members... if not for the upgrades needed would be 5 stars.... the sauna is a big +
I wish I would of read Rachel's review before renting an apartment with this real estate company. Our experience was the same as Rachel's. Our basement has been flooded for months, I didn't have a working shower or toilet for weeks in the winter months due to freezing pipes, etc. When you try to contact them they never answer their phones. Nor do they fix anything! They are such a joke!!!!!!!!!
This is the absolute worst real estate agency you can ever work with! DO NOT USE THEM! They don't fix anything (i.e. bugs, drains, doors, etc.) Our house got broken into and it took three days to get a hold of them in order to get a new door. They don't work with a real maintenance company so everything is a makeshift repair and usually breaks several days later. They NEVER answer their phones. These people caused me more stress then my school work as a college student. I wouldn't give them any star rating but since it's required I guess I can give them one.
The front desk is extremely rude. i went to pay rent one month and the receptionist called a customer a B*tch on the phone and told her she didnt like her and that she needed to move out. the she told me to stop calling about our water bill and it was clearly never me calling and a maintenance man finally told her she was confused with another customer and she never apologized to me for the mix up. the black hair lady at the front desk has an extremely quick temper and needs better customer service. quickly disrespecting myself is the #1 reason why my lease will not be resigned wit dillion. terreible customer service
This company does not even deserve 1 star but that is not an option. I would not recommed this company. The house I rented was on a well and ran out of water twice. They did nothing until just before my lease was up. They could have connected to city water at any time. Carpet and walls were horrible and I spent 3 days cleaning the house before I could move in. I sent a list of things that needed fixed with my rent check (which of course they cashed immediately) but never fixed 1 item on that list. Lights didn't work, cabinet doors fell off, doors wouldn't open. This was not a cheap rental at almost $1,000 per month. The employess are rude and of no help if you need it. There are plenty of properties for rent that are not managed by this company. Do not expect to get you deposit any time soon. They will hold it until the last legally allowed minute. Just because they can.
They are horrible. They are extremely disrespectful to the people who rent from them. They try to charge money for damages that were in the house when we moved in. They do not provide any assistance to problems that show up during the rental period. They are the worst landlords you could ever ask for. They should be out of business.
Do not waste your time with this company. The greed is unreal. They would not take one rental property unless they had all of mine. I only needed assistance with one, not the other one that is rented and managed by someone else. They then were too lazy to return the keys. It is amazing they are still in business. Extremely unprofessional. They do not even deserve one star.
Would not recommend this place to anyone, Their properties are not well maintained the house we rented from them was in horrible shape had left over furniture in it the walls were painted ugly colors(neon green, purple, pink) there is illegal wiring in the basement, mold in the bathroom, mold in the basement this is where the ac is at as well.improper repairs to the porch ceiling its about to fall apart and all they did was put particle wood up. After moving out they are now trying to charge us for cleaning which we did, painting which we did as well (White), and another fee for moving out crap that was already in the house before we moved in. we paid a 550$ deposit and somehow they are saying we owe them money.We also had to deal with possibly being kicked out because the house was going up for sale because the owner could not pay the bill. One of there maintenance mean left also because the way they treated them just to note as wellI would suggest never renting from them unless you like to have hassles.
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.