I'm an industrial design engineer and I've been renovating property in Pittsburgh for 10+ years and I decided to hire James for two weeks to help get an 1800's house that I bought rent-able until I could revisit the house more intensly in the future. Long story short, I quickly determined that I could count on Jim and his men to show up and get down to business on a higher level. We ended up gutting the entire house, jacking up the foundation, restructuring anything that was questionable, adding and redesigning bathrooms, running all new pex water lines, new electric and new gas lines. We installed all new windows, insulation, plumbed for an additional kitchen for possible future needs. We installed new headers and opened up rooms to meet code standards, leveled floors and ceilings by adding wooden drop cieling grids and installed drywall throughout. We are currently finishing drywall and getting ready to start all the final flooring and trim work and I'm completely satisfied thus far and would not hesitate to keep them working on my property portfolio.
Here are a few qualities that he and his crew display that are hard to find:
--They show up on time and enjoy working regardless of the conditions. We had quite a few miserable demo days with nothing but positivity.
--They don't go straight to the bar after work, they go home and spend time with their family.
--They are honest. Alot of contractors will tell you they know all about everything just to find out they are faking it. If Jim didn't know something, we worked on the solution together and didn't have to backtrack, wasting time and money.
--Working hrs were well kept and I didn't have to worry about my personal tools or materials coming up "lost" or missing.
--They really do care about how you feel about your project and have no problem going with the flow when I constantly change my mind on design.
--They are physically capable. Say you need a dumpster loaded or 100 sheets of drywall moved around the job site, it's not a problem and nobody complains.
--Willingness to learn. I've done alot of improvising with OLD houses and they want to use any experience or knowledge to their advantage.
All in all, it is a great experience and I'll have them back to work with me on my personal home this spring.
I'll add pictures soon.