About this pro
9 years in business
6 hires on Thumbtack
I'm a home owner in chula vista and I had a car port that I had enclosed and tried to build a room for myself (mancave). Not knowing I needed a permit at the time, the licensed contractor doing the work failed to tell me and one of my neighbors decided to report me to the city of chula vista. Long story short I have to turn my room into a garage. The first thing I needed was blueprints. I called around and got a number of estimates. I found Balance Dynamic Design on google. Talked to Matt I still thought his price was high but he was cheaper than the other people I called. It took 3 submittal's and a meeting that Matt had to come to the city of chula vista and meet with the code enforcement officer on my case and the checker of the plans. We finally were all on the same page and I got my building permit after the 3rd submittal. Matt always tried to save me money by helping me not have to get an engineer. He only charged me one time after the first prints were ready. He went back 2 more times and made the correct changes to the blueprints with no extra charge. I highly recommend Balance Dynamic Design if you need blueprints. Matt is professional and he knows his profession very well.Nov 5, 2015
I hired Matt for a code violation project. He was professional, timely, and very helpful throughout the whole process. He is easy to work with and is knowledgeable in his field. He did a great job and I would highly recommend him.Aug 13, 2015
Matt was really easy to work with. Prompt to respond to our requests. Courteous and efficient. Big help with dealing with city permitting.Mar 8, 2014
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Once I have enough information about the project and property, I provide a flat fee bid for your set of plans which includes a scope of work that I know your plans will need. Occasionally there are additional fees for changes and/or rare unanticipated additional work, but I try to avoid those at all costs. I'm fairly certain that this approach is what makes my business successful. Customer satisfaction drops when the price goes up.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Here is my start to finish process for typical projects: - I meet the client at the site or on the phone to discuss the project and my services. - I determine your scope of work, and I send you an official, flat fee bid for your plans. - You accept the estimate :) - Measuring appointment. - Drafting plans. - Send plans to structural engineer (if req) for his bid. (my engineer process is $1000 to $1500 less than others) - The engineer, truss company, Title 24 do their work (as req), and we add it to my set. - Plans are taken in to the building department for over the counter or submit visits (may be the client or my service) - Plan check corrections are handled by me and my guys until you have a permit (typically free unless there is unanticipated added work). - Last, you send me photos when its done!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am LEED AP, which is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional. I offer passive environmental design techniques and ideas on projects when I see the opportunity.