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We rented under this company for around two years and moved out recently to buy our own home . We had no issues with the owner , with the property (Wich was old ) , and no issues with Dianne Perry and Co. On the rare occasion something came up they were really kind and communicated well. They did keep almost all of our deposit for repairs but we are totally fine with it because we have three very young children living with us . I’m sure they could have tried to charge us more than the deposit but they didn’t . They didn’t try to take advantage of us . We ended things on good terms . After the company before Dianne Perry , we thought we’d never trust another realtor company ever again...but she changed that and made it a good expiernce .
DO NOT RENT FROM PROPERTY PLUS CAROLINA!!!!!! When we moved in the kitchen and bathrooms were absolutely disgusting and looked like they had not been cleaned at all, even by the tenant before moving, let alone the professional cleaning lady that that we were told would clean the house before we moved in. Kitchen appliances are from the age of the dinosaurs and work at a 50% efficiency rate at best. (Fridge doesn't stay closed and spoils your food, Burners on the stove have to be wiggled to work, and dishwasher? Might as well just wash them by hand so they actually come out clean) There were nails and holes in the walls everywhere that should have been filled before our arrival. They did not inform us of the existing termite problems with the house or that the owner of the house was going through a refinancing process that would cause weekly foreclosure notices to be sent to our house. This lack of communication caused my husband and I to panic and think we would have to find another place to live at any time. Also they have only one handy man available for repairs so there is no telling how long it will take for any issue to get fixed. Examples: 1. Element in oven burnt out the week before Easter and it took 2 weeks for the handy man to get out to replace it. So I had no oven for Easter Sunday. 2. Our house loses shingles almost every small storm. I had warned them to come check the roof for leaks they ignored me until there was a leak that caused water damage inside the house and even after informing them of the water damage inside the house it has been over a month and to this date has still not been repaired. In none of the above circumstances did Property Plus Carolina show any remorse or act apologetic in any way. So in conclusion Property Plus Carolina DOES NOT care about the tenants that rent from them or even the home owners that entrust them with management of their home. All they care about is collecting those checks and making money. So I repeat DO NOT RENT FROM PROPERTY PLUS CAROLINA!!!!
DO NOT RENT FROM PROPERTY PLUS The communication is the worse management sucks and has no respect for human kind .They stole my property and refused me access to it.
Pinewood is a great community! I love the maintenance and office staff! I love the location too since it's close to the interstate, mall, uncw and everywhere else in Wilmington! I highly recommend Pinewood
I have never regretted anything as much as I regret living in Hawthorne because how the management has personally made me living there such a complete nightmare. It has the potential to be a really wonderful place but it isn't and that is completely the fault of the management. I am pretty understanding, as I have been for seven months of living here. However, I was told the roaches would be taken care of since the day I moved in. They 'didn't receive" our written complaints, and in person they said "yeah the office gets roaches too". When they finally barged into the apartment complex without permission, we were told it was our fault because of the condition our apartment was in. I have attached pictures of our apartment to show you what nonsense that is. Also, I will post a picture of the roach situation. Please note this sticky trap was the only thing they gave us for the roaches in addition to lying to us about doing sprays and charging us for it. This trap was also filled to this point within a few days of having it. I will have to throw away all of my personal appliances, as they are infested with roaches. The only thing they have ever been on top of is fees. However, I argue, that maybe instead of worrying about my emotional support animal and telling me that having him is a "privilege" and demanding my therapist produce a letter immediately so I don't get fined (which she can't do) why don't you prioritize anything else? Maybe you should make the walls more sound proof so I don't have to listen to you gossiping about residents and smoking outside of my complex all day. Or you could get rid of the roaches. Or you could actually fix my smoke alarm which has been broken for months. Hope we don't have a fire! Maybe you could tow the obviously abandoned car that has been there since I have moved in. Maybe you could ensure more safety precautions so I'm not attacked by a loose pitbull again. Or am not harassed by men when I go for a walk during the day.
As if making our move from New Jersey to North Carolina wasn't hard enough this two faced rental company didn't make anything easier. After driving 12 hours to move into our house on July 4th weekend 2016. We arrived in wilmington around 11am during 100+ degree weather to find that our air conditioning wasn't working. No one in the office responded to our calls that day. Nor was the emergency phone number being answered. Until 2am that night. When we moved in the house was a mess. None of the walls had been painted and there were a ton of holes from previous walls hangings from previous tennants. When it came time to get the security deposit back they charged us for everything they could find. Including 400$ for a new door. They told us it was going to be 180$. Not 400$. They also charged us for light bulbs and batteries in smoke detectors. We left the house in better condition than we got it in. Property plus carolina is a joke I would never rent from them again.
Awful company to do any business with. I can attest to the follwing as an extremely unhappy tenant. They are defamatory, decietful and completely unprofessional. They are not listed on the BBB as I am confident this is the norm at this company. TERRIBLE anon p. 1 Dianne Perry & Co They contract all the work on your house to Dianne's husband, a huge conflict of interests. They have lost me thousands of dollars on renters whom stopped paying bills and moved out. Nothing was ever done. They also charge 12% when the ethical standard locally is 10%AVOID THESE SNAKE OIL SALESMEN they will cost you headaches and money http://www.insiderpages.com/b/15248568392/dianne-perry--co-wilmington
I'm still a current customer under lease till June 30th 2017 and I have never been so unhappy with a company. To start we moved in this rental and had a list a mile long of problems and after narrowing it down to a couple major ones was told the owner did not approve of these repairs!! Now the biggest ones were the front and back doors do not close properly causing the Ahvaz system to cool the outside....you can visually see outside with the door completely closed. I've contacted them and was told sorry not our problem. So now since they are trying to renew our lease for a year at 20$ more per month and we declined due to our brand new home under construction and will be ready August 25th they are trying to parade potential clients in the house while we aren't home! Now I get your trying to protect your rental and replace the tenant ASAP but I refuse to allow her or her ridiculous staff the privilege of waking as much as one foot inside until we are gone. I have a 90lb Sherman Shepard that guards the place 24/7 and was told to secure the animal or she would let my dog out the house to show her potential clients the rental......BEWARE THIS COMPANY IS A JOKE!!!! Take the time to read the response that was given to me from Dianne and tell me you would even consider rentin from this so called property management company.......Refuse to repair the unit, threaten me with letting my beloved animal out the house.....let's just say I wish she decides to walk in the u it while I'm out home ��������. STAY AWAY!!!!
Please do not rent from Dianne Perry Co. This is one of the shadiest rental companies I've ever had the displeasure of speaking with...I applied to a $1275 home for rent, and after paying $120 in application fees for myself and my cosigner they wait a few days and tell me it's been taken and to apply to another home for $1200. So I go to look at the other not so nice home, but seeing as they've already told me I'm approved I decide to move forward with the lease. They send the lease over and tell me I have 24 hours, only now instead of the advertised security deposit of $1200 it is $2000. I ask what's happening and they tell me it's a pet fees (understandable) but they've also added $200 because of my credit...I have an average credit score. It isn't great but certainly isn't poor. Now they tell me I have two hours to sign the lease and send them a $2000 deposit or they will reject my application. I then see on Craigslist they've posted an ad for the original $1275 home I was interested in! The house is also still up on their website as available so I contact them asking why they've told me it's taken if they're still searching for a tenant. They tell me the lease has been pending for days while I only had two HOURS to sign mine and get together a deposit. They ended up voiding my application then apologizing hours later because it was their mistake. So I ask once again about the $1275 house and they tell me the only way they'll rent it to me is if I pay the entire 12 months of rent in full plus a deposit! Almost $16,000! They are deceitful and not reliable whatsoever, please do not waste your time.
Bad landlords that refuse to make repairs and on time is what this office represents not tenants. They are more collectors of your rent. Renting out homes in not up to par conditions is appalling for this company name. You have to babysit them or they will forget or pretend to forget you have issues with the home you're renting. Go with another company.
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.