Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure the contractor you are hiring is 1) licensed and 2) insured! The last thing you want is to have the wrong bathroom demolished! Look at pictures of their portfolios online. Most importantly - make sure you meet someone face to face and verify that they are "good people". You're letting these people into your home!!!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How much a job should cost. Before I got into this business I always felt like I was getting taken advantage of - because i was! As a woman, it is easy to get taken advantage of in places where you're potentially unfamiliar - the mechanic, the contractor, the car dealership etc. Find someone who will take the time to explain their pricing - otherwise you might be getting taken.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. 1) Are you insured
2) Are you licensed (check this out at cslb.ca.gov)
3) Do you have pictures of previous work
4) What is your hourly rate for extras
5) How long will this take (Get this in writing)
6) What do I "need" done
7) What projects could I combine to get the most for my money?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Most importantly - they need to decide what they want done. Communication between couples is paramount. You don't want to call out a demo contractor to remove a pool - only to find out later it's the only thing that was giving your home value in your neighborhood. Or to gut a bathroom - only to find out your wife wanted the OTHER bathroom out!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. For so many reasons - but primarily because I used to flip houses before I opened my construction company. I know exactly where to get the biggest bang for the buck. Also - we have an architect and draftsman on staff. We can show you exactly what your house will look like before we start day 1!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I get to knock things down! It may sound funny but it is very therapeutic taking down a wall with a sledgehammer. Gets out aggression!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Previously, I flipped houses on the side of my job and since I was working full time, I had to hire contractors to do the work for me. After spending a few years in the process, I decided that I could do it much cheaper and faster than the men I was hiring - so i should do it myself!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. We recently demolished an entire house for Habitat for Humanity. We took down the house and cleared the lot - making way for 4 new homes they will be building later this year.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I recently graduated from Turner's School of Construction Management. Additionally, I am a part of the University of San Diego's Real Estate Development program which keeps me up to date on what is going on in the field and around San Diego.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. We have the world's simplest pricing system! We bill our guys out at $25 an hour for general demolition labor and $35 for specialty labor (safing off electrical or water). We, as a company, take between 12%-17% depending on the job to do the entire thing. No hidden costs or extras. Totally open book.