What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Challenges! Creativity! Freedom!
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.