Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Always ask the contractor regarding licensing, insurance and permits. Small painting and maintenance can be performed by skilled handymen but renovations, additions, new construction should all be done by educated and licensed professionals. You will not only have peace of mind that your job is well done, but it will raise the value of your real estate property. When you decide to sell your home or commercial space, you don't want to be caught red handed when asked for permit on the new construction.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Possibilities for change. No design is complete even after it is completely built. Situations arise where changes want to be made to improve the space and the use of space. Work with the contractor from the beginning to understand what additional cost might imply in making certain changes. Changes are good but can be expensive and that should be covered from the beginning so nobody is surprised. At the end of the day, you want the space and you are paying for that space.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Some contractors have 20-30 years of experience. Lengthy experience is no good if that contractor has been doing it wrong for the whole time. Ask regarding their education and their previous experience with previous employers. A good contractor will have a good technical and theoretical background as well as a practical one. Always ask regarding permits. Permits are expensive and it should be clear that the contractor is able to get those permits based on the licenses they have and who will pay for those permits.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Anything is possible but it has a price. Try to be realistic and work on your budget and what you are looking to create. Quality design and construction is an expensive trade. If the materials being used are similar than prices should be more or less close to each other withing 10-20%. The more ideas and inspirations you provide to the designer, the faster the design can be created and construction can be started. It is better to plan longer and construct smarter rather than leave many design issues in the gray and try to figure it out when the project is substantially complete.