Gary was a great hire. Very knowledgeable, understanding,and fair. Came to my house, explained the problem and the solution, then taught me how to repair in the future. I would strongly recommend hiring Gary.Oct 18, 2014Verified
I hired Gary for some relatively simple electrical work installing two line voltage thermostats in my apartment. Gary picked out an excellent thermostat model for me, was prompt in responding to all of my messages, arrived on time, and finished the installation in less than an hour. My entire experience was outstanding.Sep 4, 2012VerifiedGary F.'s reply
The client was very reasonable and appreciated my help over the phone, not taking my time and using all of that to hire some inexpensive handyman. It is too bad more people are not like this.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?This is a great field to present to potential clients. So many post a job that contains next to no detail that we are forced to develop a somewhat complex pricing scheme. At the same time, most people would never expect their employer to ask them to come and work for free, but there is often an expectation a service person will come out for free to look at a small job. If a job is large, or is right next door, looking at it at no cost to the potential client may be feasible. Otherwise, it is necessary for us to recover the costs associated with getting up, starting vehicles, driving, reviewing and helping to define needs, and then giving an estimated cost to perform the work. Given this typical venue, we charge for initial site visits a flat rate of $250 for a maximum 1.5 hours on site. The result of the visit will minimally provide you with a complete written scope of work that you may use to solicit other bids, if you feel the need.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am a certified Washington State electrical administrator as well as a California licensed electrical contractor. As an administrator I am required to take continuing education classes to maintain certification. The state of California only mandates classes for certified electricians, so an electrical contractor does NOT have to take classes and you will find that most do not. I take classes to keep up with the latest electrical code changes and safety issues, as well as classes to keep up with controls and integration protocols, and though I already have a college degree I take general classes at a local community college,
- What types of customers have you worked with?Complete CAD drawings, full load calculations, design and installation from simple to complex. Following up with any maintenance or repair needs, if they arise.