Again this spring and for the Memorial Day 2012 Weekend, some of our common area grass is 2 to 3 feet high! Greenlink has been asked repeatedly to follow the contract they have agreed to and yet service remains poor. Yet we never hear that the firm refunds any of their monthly service charges due to this lack of performance. Residents can do better to choose a firm with better management capabilities and ethical business practices.
Gaithersburg Plumbing was recommended by WSSC to replace my incoming waterline that is underground under my front lawn. They replaced my incoming water line and also left my front lawn with ruts . They also did not tamper down the dirt in the hole they dug which is still sinking. I was stuck with calling a landscaper to repair the lawn at a cost of $450. The charge from Gaithersburg Plumbing was $2500. They also broke a branch off my front tree. None of this was discussed by the abusers before they left from completing the job. Their contract does note that they are not responsible for any damages done to lawns or landscape.
In my estimation, consumers would be wise to consider any issues that might arise from landscaping before ratifying any contract with Gaithersburg Plumbing.
Be on the alert for worker fraud at this store. I brought my auto in for an oil change and wiper blade change. The technician, N. Jarman, tried to sell me another radiator flush after I just had one about a year prior. He was insistent that the radiator was dirty and would be a problem unless I had it flushed. I had another auto service center check the radiator coolant and was told that it was clean and would protect to 20 below zero. Total savings: $89
Customers should only rely on this place for oil changes. Do not trust the recommendations unless verified by another auto service center.
We ordered the small ham that feeds 4-6 for Xmas 2008 along with the green bean casserole and scalloped pototoes au gratin. Everything was outstanding....best flavored ham we had in along time. I highly recommend you try it once! Total price: around $44.
There is plenty of ham there to feed more depending on the serving size. Oh, I almost forgot, the coffe cake we added was terrific too! Just melts in your mouth with a good cup of coffee.
In 2007, our past HOA President reported that our Tiny Tot Lot Play Gym was damaged from vandalism at a Board of Directors meeting. Later, one of our Board members took on the responsibility of reporting the incident to the Montgomery County Police and to our State Farm Insurance Agent.
Board members discussed that they had not received any management reports from our contracted community management provider, which was MTM Management Associates (MTM) and Michael Potter, President of MTM.
This was one item added to several that resulted in the Board voting unanimously to terminate with MTM.
Our community managment contract with MTM read in part:
"The Agent (MTM) shall promptly investigate and make full written reports as to all accidents or claims for damage relating to the management, operation, and maintenance of the Common Areas and Community Facilities, including any damage or destruction to the Common Areas and Community Facilities estimated cost of repair or replacements and shall cooperate and make any and all reports required by any insurance company in connection therewith."
So much for having a CONTRACT!
We will let any future consumers decide the value of the Community Association Institute (CAI) credentials claimed by Mr. Potter
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Our HOA had hired Emiroglu Management Service of Leesburg, VA to handle financial bookkeeping and also Resale Packages with architectural code inspections. They ended up not performing inspections and then terminating with us after only 4 months. While their price was the lowest, we soon learned that you get what you pay for. We are now struggling with resident complaints over getting charged $100+ for having a few documents mailed to them by Emiroglu. I think their modus operandi is to get in at a low contract price and then to try to up the price over every little item.