To be honest I didn't know what to expect by using Thumbtack. I was worried that I was going to get some fly by night contractor that was going to take my money and run. I decided to give it a chance and I'm happy to say I was glad I did. I contacted John about giving me an estimate for staining my deck. I felt his asking price was reasonable but I was still hesitant to pull the trigger. I called him back the following week. John blew away all doubt the following weekend. He was very polite. His quality of work was more than I had hoped for. Attention to detail, and unlike most of my experiences with other contractors he was CLEAN, and he got done what he said he would get done in the time frame he estimated. One final note to add John is a very large man so at first he seemed a bit intimidating but, he was very polite and soft spoken.