I worked with Dave Jones, owner of D & J Remodeling, to completely craft my first home- which was a complete mess prior to his work. Dave graciously joined me at the home prior to my even putting an offer on it to help me determine how much money I would need to put into the home and if it would be worthwhile to contemplate purchase. That first day he gave me an "on target" estimate of about how much I ended up spending.
Due to the type of loan, Dave put in a lot of time and effort for me up front, before the project even started to help assure that the financing would come through for me, he worked with the mortgage broker and the FHA rehab specialist to make my offer work for the seller.
Dave started work on the project as soon as the deal closed and worked tirelessly to meet deadlines and make my home exactly how I wanted it. Dave and his staff are incredibly friendly and polite and completely trustworthy. I spent a great deal of time at the construction site and they were great about showing me what I could do to help and teaching me techniques as needed- Dave worked with me to allow me to do the things I wanted to try my hand at to help keep costs down, but was happy to take things off my plate at a moment's notice for a very reasonable price.
I did not have any budgetary surprises- if there was deviation from the original plan and agreed upon amount Dave discussed this with me up front, outlining options and finding ways to save money in one area that I could apply to a more necessary area. In the end, Dave was completely within budget-the overages were all "add on's" that I elected to have him do that were outside of the original scope, and even those he managed to get done for a very reasonable cost. Dave's diplomatic approach and work experience came through in many different situations over the course of the 4 month project and his involvement in my project made the whole experience a very enjoyable one.
I was amazed at the amount of work done for the budget that I had to work with, and was 100% satisfied with all of the workmanship of the finished product. In the end, I turned the home into a rental and Dave immediately stepped up to help with a couple of loose ends to get the place ready for a renter; again, working well past expected hours in a time crunch to make sure the place was top notch.
I will definitely call Dave for any future home remodeling projects-big or small!