Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. In the summer months, my most common jobs involve exterior work-decks, siding, roofs, exterior painting, windows and such. During the winter months we provide large amounts of painting and tile services, along with some interior renovations and basement finishing.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Provide sketches, pictures, clippings, notes, ect... of things, colors, styles you like. Have a budget already in mind and be open with the contractor about it. Have an idea of what it is you want and when you would like to be started and completed. Be open to suggestions. And always be sure to receive more than one estimate. Each and every contractor will have varying prices, thoughts and ideas on the project you are planning to complete. It always helps the customer see more than one persons perspective, especially on larger projects. This might not pertain as much to a part replacement service or a smaller job.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What is my budget and what do I want to have accomplished?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Most of my customers make remarks about the cleanliness and attention to detail I attain while providing services for them. My customers say ' we trust your judgement and know you will do a good job''. This make me feel GREAT!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. CHANGE - Not doing the same job everyday. CREATIVITY - Making spaces, rooms, designs, colors, patterns, ect.... that people LOVE.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How long will it take?
EVERY job is different, I will attempt to provide you with a timeframe to completion, BUT depending on the scope of work, complications endured along the way, and even the weather, this can be the most difficult question.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Challenges! Creativity! Freedom!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A customer asked if I would build a Murphy bed for her. Being the guy who doesn't usually say no to a challenge, accepted the project and got started. At first, the bed was to be oak-stained and clear coated. The ending result was painted off white, distressed and cleared. We also remodeled the entire room, adding a closet and repainting it to a 'fun' color for it main use of arts projects. I really like the finished product and she did too!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. To a licensed contractor, we must take continuing education classes yearly. The classes may vary from legal to installing windows. Our licenses are renewed every other year.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Due to each job being completely different, the estimating side of our business can be quite lengthy. Even painting two different rooms can be quite different based on the amount of prep work that needs to be done first.
We try to provide a line by line estimate to give details for almost all of our services to help you better understand where that bottom number originated from.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Definitely evaluate the amount of time one spends handling all the 'paperwork' of this job along with insurance, licenses, and tools required.