About this pro
(1) More value for the money: COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS (2) All work is done "to Code" or better! (3) Always done right -- no half-measures or sloppy work (and no "collateral damage" by careless workers) Sense of accomplishment, meeting new people, making new friends
16 years in business
7 hires on Thumbtack
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our standard method is Time and Materials with guaranteed quality work and best effort to stay within or below a specific budget. There is a minimal charge for our time to visit your site to gather bid information. Fixed pricing is available if requested, but a variable percentage, depending on the project, is automatically included to cover the lack of flexibility. Many problems may not be known until after a job begins, but they can be dealt with fairly to both client and service provider so long as communications are always open and honest. To avoid potential misunderstandings, all modifications after a Work Order is finalized require written Change Orders, agreed to and signed by both parties. We provide a simple Change Order form to all clients just to make things easy for everyone, because we consider ourselves partners with our clients on their projects.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Industry knowledge and practices are constantly evolving, so we make every effort to educate ourselves by reading trade magazines and browsing the Internet. An absolute requirement is regularly keeping up with the latest Code changes (the National Electrical Code, or NEC, changes every 3 years, for example). Green energy is a currently expanding area in which we are particularly interested and in which we already have considerable expertise. The owner's philosophy is "He who is not busy learning is busy dying".
- How did you get started doing this type of work?In late 2001, changes to the economy made the owner's previously very successful career (IBM mainframe MVS-z/OS operating system consultant for over 20 years) no longer viable, so he looked for something more recession-proof that he also enjoyed and for which he already had some skills. It was then just a matter of updating his knowledge with technical manuals and advice from experienced friends already working full-time in construction trades. His best friend (and occasional project partner) is a General Contractor in the East Bay.