Ames & Young, Inc.
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We take the time to listen to our customers. We detail our work procedures and coordinate with the clients so every one is on the same page. The end result is nothing short of exactly what the client wants. Reasonably priced quality work in a timely fashion equals a satisfied customer forever! We wouldn't have it any other way. I love being able to express my creative skills and put my knowledge to use helping my clients with their projects.
Laura W.Feb 22, 2012Verified
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- What types of customers have you worked with?We specialize in lead paint abatement which makes up for 60% of our work. Deleading sometimes consists of carpentry, window installation, door installation, siding, painting and sometimes complete remodeling. We are a working general contractor and not just a finger pointer who collects a check. 25% Decks, door and window installations 15% Modifications such as kitchens baths and basements
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?As a homeowner, it's best to have a game plan in writing ahead of calling for estimates. Do some research on your project to get a better understanding of what may be involved. Be sure to have your project detailed as much as possible and submit your bid to at least three qualified contractors. Should another contractor suggest a new idea, be sure to keep everyone on the same page. It's not always advised to go with the lowest or the highest bidder. Be sure to do your research on the contractor you choose to hire, and check licenses and insurance.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?Unfortunately, I visually scrutinize other contractors' work. I wish the customer could see the difference between a job well done and the customer getting excuses for sloppy craftsmanship. I can't count how many times I have walked into customers' homes, who have had other "quick cash" services performed, and the work is just sloppy. Examples are laminate floors where corners are cut way too big, tile work with uneven joints, and casings that are simply filled with caulking. The customer may never know that these things are not right and should have been addressed. Don't be afraid to discuss your concerns if something just doesn't seem right. If you let one thing slide, you can bet the company will take advantage of you.