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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.
We have not been here that long. So far Our tools and bikes were stolen from our front yard there are a lot of drug traffic going on at certain trailers namely bp 51 and 55 between the on going drug activity and domestic disturbences. all hours of the day and night.We were told this was a nice place to live and raise our baby when we signed our lease. It's scary.
Im writing this review to clear some things up. Yes I was management s daughter. We have a new one now. Before I could walk without issues. There is way too much he said she said. People approaching me saying they said this.......Im tired of the harrasement if you dont like me. Based on whatever reason. Im sorry. Im staying to my self im asking nicely. I dont know why people are being childish. Calling people out on this site. The talking behind peoples backs. Saying stuff that isnt true.or getting people involved. It causes more issues. If you dont like someone ignore them. But the harasement has to stop! Its a nice community. Hopeing management or corp will step in. Its getting ridiculous.
I have lived here for 6 years. We have been through a lot of different managers and I would say right now we have good management. As for the neighbors most get along there's always going to be some the get along and some that don't where where you live. I've been called out on this page a couple of times lately and I can confirm they are all lies I've been very sick and in the hospital very ill and my family has been up taking care of me. that's just an example of neighbors that don't get along. Other the that petty mess it's a pretty peacfull neighborgood. We have a good comunity where our kids can play and we all watch out for each other. Just like anywhere you live it has its good and it's bad but for the most part we are happy here. I would hate to lose and potential good neighbors do to one or two people that want to put negative reviews because they are unhappy. If your looking for a family friendly neighbor hood this is the place.
Management sucks! This place sucks! They up rent like 50.00 a year. The tenants are a joke. They whine and bitch about every little thing. Don't give a fuq what u or anyone else thinks. Not here to make friends. I dont care. So keep getting ppl involved. Continue to play games shows how immature you are. Driving by waving.. Or you can grow up and go the other way. Everyone needs to leave everyone alone.
We have been here for only a few months now. Having a park and school nearby is convenient. The manager and staff seem friendly. The community is quiet and well maintained. Its a great place for family's with kids. would reccomemd this place to anyone.
Very disappointed with management. And how tenants are acting. Went to visit a friend saw first hand how bp 2nd circle are acting. Theres way too much ganging up on. residents who wont let topics go and who gossip amongst them selfs. Over an issue that didnt concern them. . Since were throwing names out there. Harold. Leann. Shamra. Emily Gary. Grant and Linda people who like to gossip and like to intimidate. It needs to stop. The get back games are crappy. And childish drive by waving or honking is just Plain ignorance. There's no need for that. Act your age. Were all adults here .
We looked to move here. Looks nice. But The negative reviews are horrible . Doesn't surprise me on how low And immature people can be. White trash at its finest. Seems to me people need to grow the hell up and stop bullying. Guess we can keep looking
Jonathan,We have been informed by our Regional Management Team that this matter has been resolved. If not, please indicate otherwise by contacting the office. Thank you.
I'm writing the review to address some of the accusations on this site my family has lived here for over 2 years even before my stepdad Marcus Bates was manager . as for all of these people talking about there was a basketball goal stolen is false and dramatized.I moved the basketball goal was because there was a lot of bullying with the kids as for it being stolen is untrue and really upsets me how how Petty and immature how resident act. The three reviews that were written were by a father named Jonathan and then his two sons minors Napoleon n Jaden. these people were to my knowledge evicted. Residents who had no knowledge of the situation. But got involved anyway .know that being in the trailer court there's a lot of drama. The accusations that Marcus Bates allowed me to get away with things and I was treated better then the other tenants is false.this situation could have been handled differently by the tenants. I truly believe in my heart that a lot of these reviews were written in spite .I honestly say Marcus Bates was very much organized. I have a lot of respect 4 Marcus not only the fact that he is a Christian and he was also a soldier and served in Iraq. Chris and staff ate genuine good ppl. know that there is negative and positive in every community. As for the pool incident the children were unsupervised a lot of the vandalism. I felt the need to tell these children that the horseplay was dangerous liability that they needed a parent to supervise them.anybody who is planning on moving here it's a great place to live We take pride being a resident here Anywhere you go. They're is drama and negativity. I know that we're all human and that mistakes are made they recently did a lot of Excavating cutting down trees and power washing the trailers. It looks amazing. The new tenants and new trailers was needed. I wanted to say thank you for making our community a great place to live.
I do most of the work around my house myself but I purchased a very large and heavy 4x8" Pella bay window off of Craigslist and there was no way I was going to attempt to put it in myself. I hired Marty for the job. His kids go to my school and I know him personally. He is a hard working man and did a very good job putting this window in. He and his crew showed up, cut out the wall, re-framed and had the window framed in and secure in a few hours. He showed up the day and time he said he would. He is busy, so get in touch with him well in advance if possible just to make sure he can fit you in. Travis Feuerbacher
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.