What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My normal rate ranges between $75 an hour with a 2 hour minimum. If I have complete details of the the clients needs I can offer a solid quote if this better suits you. I give honest work and never cut anyone short on the time they pay for my services.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After I recieve job leads that are not to big of a project for just myself. I will check my schedule and then contact the homeowner if I have an opening. I start with a rough estimate from the details given by the homeowner, from there we set up a time to meet so I can get a better picture of the project. This will allow me to produce an estimate of the time and materials needed to complete the job. May start the project same day or find a time that works best for the homeowner or myself.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Safety is the most important factor of all. I am OSHA 10 certified. I have 14 years experience in various trades of construction. I have over 10 years of woodworking experience.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started as a laborer at age 16 working on shingle roofs. After High school I started with a company that built houses from the ground up where I obtained lots of experience doing everything around the house. Today I am a master finish carpenter who can do almost anything a person could want.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked for some of the best clients. Everyone is weary about new contractors , and this I completely understand. Florida is different from what I am used to because I moved here 1 year ago from a town In Northeast Missouri where everyone knew each other.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Painting a big family room where the homeowner had the walls bare and furniture moved out away from wall. I went thru and filled all holes in walls, and started by rolling on a dark shade base-coat. Three coats and several touch ups later the job was complete in about 72 hours.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First impressions are very important in a business like this. When first speaking with a handyman/contractor you will know if he is the type of person you want to have work for you. Generally if you feel like you are not on the same page you can always get a second opinion.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much will the materials cost?
How much will the labor cost?
Will the handyman's schedule coordinate with mine?
How soon do you want the work completed?
Keep in mind that some jobs have small hidden costs that occur in the middle of the job. This is what I like to call and unexpected/misc expense