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This second time we have used this moving company, first time when I moved from Houston to Austin and second time when my parents moved their 4 bedroom house + study and piano, I was impressed the first time but they even did better job on the big house they had 3 trucks, six movers wrapping the…
This was our second time to use Southland Movers and again the exceeded our expectations and satisfaction. The movers were professional, courteous and very efficient. I can recommend Southland with out any reservations! Keep up the great work Southland.
The first time we contacted this company we were told they take 10 days for blinds other than white color and less than 10 days for white blinds. It's been a month I have been dealing with them. After we made a 50% deposit they gave us an installation date 2 weeks after the date we made the paym…
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Owner is a drug addict and very undepenable. Don't be surprised if he shows up drunk or drugged out of his mind. Doesn't pay bills and is extremely rude. Also if he offers to take you to lunch don't ride in his vehicle, usually has drugs in it. He also carries a yeti cup full of Vodka. EXTREMLY UNPROFESSIONAL
This guy is a rip-off please please save yourself time and money and go somewhere else. He replaced an engine for me and check engine light will not go off. engine was filthy .hood is not lined up right so it will not latch and he disconnected my stereo. scam
My mini Cooper started acting up, I called and spoke to Byron he said he would send someone to pick it up less than an Hour someone was at my home to pick it up on Saturday,,first thing Monday Byron called me with an update and began the work on my car,his caring and concern really made me glad that I selected All pro,thanks again Byron for all your help and will see you soon for the other minor repairs.
Told the price would be in the $50 range. Charged $84 applied a coupon to get it to $73. I won't be back.
I have had Michael do work on both my mustang gt350 , and my wife's 2016 gt5.0 , we have been 100% satisfied with everything he has done for us. We would highly recommend him . Eric and Ginger
BE WARNED!! They over charged me for an oil change and filter, I should have gone back to Jiffy Lube!
I took my truck in on Monday to get the fluids and filters changed except motor oil & filter. Picked it up Tuesday and I changed the motor oil & filter. While underneath draining the oil, I noticed the Transmission Cover was untouched. I had paid for it and was on the Order Form. I took it back on Thursday, 9:00AM, and they said it would be finished in two hours. I had to show the 'technician how to remove the cover, drain the oil, and how to place the gasket. He couldn't keep the gasket on while lifting the cover. While I was showing him, I noticed the Fuel Filter wasn't changed, either. I went to the manager and complaint in front of several customers, one of whom decided to go elsewhere.It was 4:00PM when I thought they were finished... I was wrong. They got an Engine Light alarm when they turned on my truck; they didn't install the Transmission Filter correctly and I had the leave the truck overnight. I didn't, even, get a rental being next to the Ford Dealership.
Our dealership used this company for a repo and things did not go as smoothly as it should have. We dealt with Frank who was the one who got our truck. I consistently kept asking for a invoice so we can pay them and he kept telling me that no one was in the main office in Colorado to send the invoice. Yesterday, I called Frank and informed him that my boss would be driving down to pick up our vehicle. I asked him who we made the check out to (since we NEVER received our invoice) and he told me Predator Recovery. When my boss arrived, he had already called Frank prior to arriving to let him know he would be there soon. Frank told him that "he was eating and he will be there soon". So my boss waited and finally had to call him back to figure out where he was. and told my boss that we had to pay CASH for our truck. I highly do not recommend utilizing this company for any type of repossession or towing. They are completely disorganized. We also still have yet to receive a invoice.
These people are very dishonest. They stole money out of my truck, bent my rim, blew my tire out, and messed up the bed of my truck with a huge dent. Then they continued to lie about all of it even after evidence was presented. Do not trust these people with your vehicle or anything else unless you want to pay out of your pocket to fix damages some idiot caused. I would not recommend this company to anyone nor should these people be in business. Please do not use this company, there are far more people you could use who won't steal, damage, or overcharge you for crap services.
Highly recommend these guys! My repairs were done within a day, professional, and THE BEST price by far vs any other quotes I got. Lifetime customer gained, you will not be disappointed. I live on a separate side of town & im glad I made the drive out there. Totally worth it!
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.