Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Lately it has been drywall patches and repair. It depends on the time of year. Gutter cleaning in the fall, power washing and staining decks in spring.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Do some research and get atleast 3 bids. There are contractors that aren't registered with the B.B.B. Thats is no reason to shy away from that contractor. It cost money to join the B.B.B., and references are just as good.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Some of the nightmare jobs that have been done. I have worked on projects that were done by someone else and really screwed them up. You do get what you pay for in the trades business. If you hire someone at $12/hr, it is going to look like a 12 year old did it.
There are really no secrets to my trade. There are some do it your self tricks to help out if you are doing the project yourself.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It depende on the job. If it is a flooring job, how big of an area is being done. If it is drywall, how many sheets. If it is trim, how many linear feet.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am a small business owner that is hands on and take pride in the work I do!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. See the finished product and a happy customer.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Are you a Licensed Contractor?
Are you experienced?
YES 10 years
What kind of experience do you have?
SO much more
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. There really aren't any favorite stories. The best story is a happy ending where the homeowner is happy and calls me back to do another job.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. It is not as easy as some people think. Carpentry can be easy to do, but there are codes to comply with.
Drywall is not easy. Hanging it is, tapping and mudding are not.
The State of Wisconsin is really making it hard for the little guy to stay afloat with all these credentials they require. I am one of them with the credentials.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I came home from college about 10 years ago, and helped out my uncle on a job. Since then I have been building houses and remodeling homes for the last 10 years.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently had a job that was an insurance claim. I figured I would be there for about a week and was able to get it done in 3 days. The homeowners were extatic and everything looks great.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am checking into seminars for lead. There are others that can be done, but everything costs money and i need to work to be able to afford these seminars.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. There is nothing that I know of that will really change my line of business.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My most recent was a hardwood floor. I had 1000 square feet of carpeting to rip up, new sub floor and new hardwood floor. My labor was $2350, the flooring materials ran about $4000. I was there for about a month.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I don't have a complicated pricing system. Just about every job can be figured out by the square or linear foot. Anything from decks and baseboard, to tile and new construction.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Go through an apprentiship program and learn as much as you can.