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R & A Home Services Co.

Dingmans Ferry, PA

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Bio

I've been working in some sort of home repair work since I was a child. My father was a master plumber in NJ and would often take me to work with him. I love the work I do because I can physically see the results.

About R & A Home Services Co.

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Well, some pretty big changes for the upcoming season. First, I am moving back East where I grew up. Have some getting used to again being home. Also will take some time to get registered, licensed, etc. So I am not currently "licensed" and have not needed a license in the past for this type of work. But we'll work together as needed. A very good friend asked me once,"...when are you going to become the artisan you were known to be?" So, I'm back to working alone. Personal pride and quality control is back and I alone control the quality of my work. But, alas, also means my time is tighter. So, if you have projects you want completed this season, better to call sooner rather than later so I can scheduled . You've tried the rest now come back to the best. I offer everyday and unusual home needs, wants, repairs and installations.

* Home Plumbing and miscellaneous Repair
* Painting * Tile and Woods Floors
* Patios * Odd Jobs
* Window and Door Install or Repairs
* Landscape Design, Install, Maintenance & hauling

I am professional, reliable and with free estimates, fair pricing. Flat rate or hourly charge & small jobs are ok.

Location

PO Box 24
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

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  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2014

    I am convinced Ralph can do everything. He has done landscaping work for us as well as painting, tile work , refinishing, and general handyman work. He has an incredible work ethic and can find a solution for any problem. His rates are reasonable and he is a pleasure to work with. My husband and I highly recommend Ralph' services.

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2014

    Totally a *Five Star* Experience. Ralph was on time, performed the work need and paid great attention to detail. We already began planning future renovations with Ralph. He was a great wealth of experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Skip Angie's List and contact Ralph, You will not regret it. One very satisfied customer here.

  • 5/5 stars November 29, 2012

    Ralph shored up our small barn, repaired and painted it. Ralph does what he says he will do. He is prompt, courteous, hard working and careful to do work correctly from beginning to end.

  • 5/5 stars November 26, 2012

    Ralph worked with my husband to install laminate flooring in our bedrooms and began a major kitchen remodel. The work was done quickly and carefully. Ralph is the only person my husband will work with. We look forward to Ralph working on our house again as we finish remodeling projects.

  • 5/5 stars November 24, 2012

    R & A Home Services has completed the following work projects: Dry wall removal, dry wall installation, window and door replacements, painting and staining, floor restoration including hardwood and laminate flooring. Work was completed in a timely and professional manner.

  • 5/5 stars February 28, 2011

    Ralph is not an ordinary "handyman" He has a wealth of
    experience, and is confident, even fierce in his approach to whatever challenge I presented. Ralph has great energy, doesn't back away from things or waste time or your money. I found Ralph trustworthy, friendly, and honest about how to save me money, solve problems, and show up when expected. I highly recommend him.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I've do a lot of painting and landscaping jobs. Although, there has been a number of remodeling and new carpentry jobs as well.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Take some steps that most people aren't willing to take. First, price quotes based on emails, messages, etc., without seeing the job in person first, are generally inaccurate. They can be incomplete, do not take into account unforeseen circumstances, or the job may even be less than most vendors are quoting based on emails etc. Second, by meeting your Handyman in person; you will have a better handle on reliability, personality, and experience. Thirdly, your handyman will be able to accurately estimate materials needed, time involved and anticipate problems that may arise thereby giving you an accurate estimate. Lastly, prices by the job (including materials) will often save you up to 15-20% off what the total cost may have been on hourly plus materials. (At least my quotes do.)

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I treat all jobs as if I was working on my own home. Very meticulous and willing to go extra mile.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The variety of work that I perform and seeing the results when my jobs are completed.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Started doing some kind of work like this when I was a child working with my father. Soldered my first plumbing pipes when I was 7 years old.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. My most recent project was a very old house with stucco exterior. I was able to all masonry siding to the home and improve the look immensely.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My pricing is done on three different levels. First there is hourly and that varies based on the types of work I am doing. For example, I do finish carpentry work at $35 per hour. The second level, which I think is most beneficial to the customer, is a "by the job" price. This pricing takes all factors into consideration and I quote a flat rate price with a discount already built in as compared to the hourly rate. And finally, I have a number of items that I do fixed rates suck as a fixed rate for installing a door, a window, etc.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. The "oddest" job I've done? A customer called me to put up a pool from a local big box retailer. Quite simple really, but I had never been asked to do this kind of "small job" before. I actually enjoyed doing the work for my customer including setting up the chemicals, filters, etc. for her. She was swimming within $45 and 6 hours.

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