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1919 13th Ave NTexas City, TX 77590
DON'T MOVE HERE‼️.....BEDBUGS,ROACHES,GNATS AND SECOND HAND SMOKE IN MY APARTMENT. management said they couldn't smell cigarette smoke. Well that's because they all smoke. I'm very sensitive to it. Told me to get a air filter. That won't help
8801 Monticello DrTexas City, TX 77591
i drove by looking at apartments. i like that it is gated but the gates were open and i was able to drive right in. also yes omg those turns in the parking lot are scary, lol. but overall i thought it looked like a nice lil place to live for everyone cept i wouldnt if i had a family...but overal…
624 8th Ave NTexas City, TX 77590
DO NOT MOVE HERE! BED BUGS INFESTATION!!! Worst possible place to live. I don't care how many cameras there is they are worthless. druggies and homeless will knock on your door all hours off the night. Rat and Roach infested and Bed bugs!!!!!!! Management Diane is a psycho who wrongfully evicte…
6315 Central City BlvdGalveston, TX 77551
New changes coming to The Broadwater. With the addition of our new access gates and pool fencing the place looks great! Coming soon...all new landscaping to make the ground look even better than they do now!
Living in small space doesn't mean you can't have a furry friend -- it just means you have to do some planning.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
DO NOT MOVE HERE! BED BUGS INFESTATION!!! Worst possible place to live. I don't care how many cameras there is they are worthless. druggies and homeless will knock on your door all hours off the night. Rat and Roach infested and Bed bugs!!!!!!! Management Diane is a psycho who wrongfully evictes her tenants when they even complain or request service. She's a psycho and should be arrested she mistreats her tenants and steals Right from under them. This place needs the state called on them immediately!!!!! Immediately. She does not care to have drug dealers living on site. She's friends with all of them. She leaves mailboxes open and digs in your mail!!! Warning Citizens do NOT go near there!!!!
This is the worst place I have ever lived. We are not trashy people, we are older senior citizens and have grown sons living with us. We moved here after selling our home and were waiting for our house to be built. They have an extreme roach and crime problem, don't rent a garage unless you want your boxes chewed up by large rats. Gates stay broke more than they work, our cars were broken into, a young woman in our building was followed home by two men and her car window broken and purse stolen while she was sitting in her car in front of our building. Parking area floods if there are more than 2 days of rain. Whatever you do make them give a copy of the inventory of problems you note on the walk through before you move in because at move out they will have completely lost it or claim you never gave it to them although they were hand given it. They will take out of your deposit all the previous residents damage and you will not receive anything back and will owe them like we did. They have no customer service skills, are rude, especially Randi and the new assistant manager seems to be on a power trip. You can't go in and discuss anything because management views any disagreement as you being aggressive and will threaten to call the police. They are very delicate. They now have members of Antifa living there and were seen proudly wearing their T-shirts. Not safe, looks like section 8. Apartments old and dumpy. Never got a good nights sleep.
It is the same place as The Retreat���� I have lived here 5 years and FINALLY HAD IT!!! This place is PATHEIC, it COULD BE NICE, but the management STINKS!!! They don't give a rats ASS about the tenants because not a single one lives here. All they care about is getting rent, and have the unmitigated gall to raise rent EVERY YEAR but make NO UPGRADES, claiming "fair market value" when they don't do crap to deserve it . This is Texas City NOT THE MEDICAL CENTER, yet, M'kay!?! They offer No accent wall color choices, just institutional white everywhere. Light switches BEHIND THE DOOR on the wrong walk in guest bath. There are no bathrooms on the ground floor of the Townhomes, so you have to drag ass upstairs. There is a USELESS computer nook where a powder room should be ON THE GROUND FLOOR and heaven forbid you have special needs, they will drag ass making a reasonable accommodation. There are parts where there is no sidewalk so you are forced to walk in the drive through where you could get hit by a speeding car. It has the bizaar set up of gas for water heating and overall heat but electric stoves, which is stupid. The upstairs has floor vents instead of ceiling so the A/C cools your feet not the room unless you reverse the ceiling fans to suck the A/C up. The only thermostat is downstairs so there is a thermocline midway as you ascend the ass busting steep stairs. They won't let you put a garbage can on the back patio so food products are inside, exacerbating the bug issue. And the piece de resistance is it is the ROACHIEST place I have ever been in. They LITERALLY have free-range roaches just crawling in the grass, LOL!!! DON'T DO IT, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
I have lived here 5 years and FINALLY HAD IT!!! This place is PATHEIC, it COULD BE NICE, but the management STINKS!!! They don't give a rats ASS about the tenants because not a single one lives here. All they care about is getting rent, and have the unmitigated gall to raise rent EVERY YEAR but make NO UPGRADES, claiming "fair market value" when they don't do crap to deserve it . This is Texas City NOT THE MEDICAL CENTER, yet, M'kay!?! They offer No accent wall color choices, just institutional white everywhere. Light switches BEHIND THE DOOR on the wrong walk in guest bath. There are no bathrooms on the ground floor of the Townhomes, so you have to drag ass upstairs. There is a USELESS computer nook where a powder room should be ON THE GROUND FLOOR and heaven forbid you have special needs, they will drag ass making a reasonable accommodation. There are parts where there is no sidewalk so you are forced to walk in the drive through where you could get hit by a speeding car. It has the bizaar set up of gas for water heating and overall heat but electric stoves, which is stupid. The upstairs has floor vents instead of ceiling so the A/C cools your feet not the room unless you reverse the ceiling fans to suck the A/C up. The only thermostat is downstairs so there is a thermocline midway as you ascend the ass busting steep stairs. They won't let you put a garbage can on the back patio so food products are inside, exacerbating the bug issue. And the piece de resistance is it is the ROACHIEST place I have ever been in. They LITERALLY have free-range roaches just crawling in the grass, LOL!!! DON'T DO IT, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
The manager Diane is rude, discriminates against women, the apartments are heavily infested with roaches, she allows drug dealers to remain on the property all the while evectiong everyone else. 3 people this month alone.
CHANGED TO COSTA AZUL APARTMENTS. NOW THAT THEY HAVE CHANGED MANAGEMENT COMPANIES THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANY RESIDENTS THAT LIVE THERE! ALL THAT THEY ARE RENOVATING IS THE ROOFS, SO THEY RIP UP THE ROOFS, I NOW HAVE A HUGE LEAK IN MY BATHROOM BECAUSE THEY BUSTED A PIPE FROM THE UPSTAIRS! ALSO THEY START WORKING AT 7 AM AND WAKE UP MY 2 YEAR OLD EVERY SINGLE DAY CALLED THE OFFICE ABOUT IT AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE SAYS THEY CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. ITS A PIECE OF CRAP APARTMENTS, PEOPLE FIGHTING OUT IN THE PARKING LOTS EVERY NIGHT, CUSSING AND SCREAMING. ON THE SIDE OF OUR BUILDING THERE IS "BLOOD" WRITTEN IN HUGE LETTERS FOR A GANG! WHEN PEOPLE PARK THEY PARK SO CROOKED, THAT THEY ARE TAKING UP 2 PARKING SPOTS, OFFICE DOES NOTHING ABOUT THIS AS WELL. IF YOU HAVE ANY MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS NO ONE FIXES IT UNTIL A MONTH LATER.
Used to be heritage st 9th. But changed to Costa azul apartments. They are RUDE! Ever since they took over our a/c doesn't work and they are way too busy to come look at it takes them days. And when they do look they don't do anything! My a/c still runs constantly and they won't fix it! My electric bill is 100 dollars! They are also making us pay rent twice because they didn't receive the first one but I even proved to them I paid 2 different times. They harass you, come to your door and call you millions of times. Plus they shut off the water every other day from 9 am to 6 pm. So no water hardly ever. DO NOT MOVE HERE!
The place is really really bad. These are a few of the reasons why:1. Adminstration fee for $175 - it's not a deposit, so they pocket it no matter what. YOU DON'T GET IT BACK!2. Roach infested from day one til the end of my lease3. The manager is never available4. They didn't give me the apartment that was showed to me. 5. A few months after lease was up I get a letter from a creditor requesting "damage fees" from Stone Ridge6. Stone Ridge never notified me about "damage fees"7. Damage fees ($500) - dust, dirty toilet, tack hole (these were all false and if it was true by law this is considered normal wear and tear)8. Unprofessional staffI am now taking legal action against this company. Hopefully this comment will prevent other people from wasting their time. They will not repair anything, send you around in circles, and take your money!
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.