Recent Review: Estimate and quotation. Barry came the day after I telephoned to calculate a free estimate which was emailed to me that evening. He was punctual (even a few minutes early) and called ahead of the visit to confirm. More importantly, we had a newborn at home as well as other scheduling constraints and Barry, despite having tons of work backlogged, was extremely flexible in meeting our time availability. Simply scheduling the quote was representative of all of our subsequent experiences. He was punctual, always called ahead to confirm his arrival, and _always_ adjusted to fit our unique scheduling requirements. We did collect three different quotes. Barry offered the most competitive pricing, was personally present on the job site for the work, and was the most flexible with regards to scheduling (see below). Scheduling the actual work. We had a number of small jobs, none of which required a full-days labor and many of which required one or more intervening days to cure. Barry was extremely responsive to our desire to get the work done quickly and extremely sensitive to our newborn in the house. He creatively scheduled our jobs - coming by in the morning on his way to another job-site to get something started for us or stopping by in the afternoon when traveling between other larger jobs. Amidst an unseasonably rainy summer, he also took maximum advantage of the weather - doing our indoor work when rain showers delayed some of his other jobs. The work product itself. Barry was fast, efficient, ahead of schedule and under budget. He finished the work nearly a week ahead of schedule and was under his initial quote (less material). He was also extremely thoughtful, thorough, and creative in the work. On the plaster repair, he talked through several alternatives with us explaining the pros and cons of each approach and gave his opinion on what the best option was and why. In this instance, the physical dimensions of the closet where the plaster was crumbling made one approach more obvious than the others. On the weather-stripping, he not only thought of a novel approach to sealing the gaps in our circa 1840's doorway, but did so in a way that circumvented the expanding and contracting wood that rendered our own sad attempts ineffective. In sealing parts of the basement wall, he scraped and sealed far beyond the basement section that we had identified. There was really only a basement bathroom that we had explicitly discussed. Because he was scraping the wall anyway, in the interest of completeness, he actually cleaned and resealed the basement wall as far as he could go until the random assorted junk in our basement blocked his way. If we had not had boxes lining the walls, I suspect that he might have worked his way around the entire basement. Clean-up. Barry brought a portable shop vac and/or drop cloths (as appropriate for the particular tasks). He cleaned up after every visit (remember, he was coming into our home once or twice a day over several days) and only once left materials in preparation for the next visit - taking care to ask permission first. We could not have imagined a better experience and we would not hesitate to use Barry again or recommend him to anyone else.