Old Saybrook Master Bedroom Remodel

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Pickering Construction LLC
Recent Review: I contacted Pickering Construction after having had an unsatisfactory experience with another contractor who does not appear on Angie's List. I found myself in a position of having an exterior paint job stalled because I needed someone to re-side the  second story section of siding above my garage. Half the boards were rotted and needed replacing, so it made sense just to do the entire side.  By the time I found Pickering Construction, I had interviewed and received estimates from five different construction contractors, including one from another company listed on Angie's list.  My painter was already done with all of the painting that could be done without this work being completed and I needed someone capable and fair to do the work well, and to do it as soon as possible. Enter Steve Pickering. He was not the least expensive estimate I received for the work. but his estimate was reasonable, I thought, for work done on a tight time schedule, to the level of quality I was looking for.  Steve followed up and returned my call quickly. He listened, asked relevant (and confidence building) questions, and even asked for measurements and photographs via email, so that he could determine a thorough estimate without having to leave his current job site for an entire day to make the trip out to assess the work I needed done. What followed was a weekend of thoughtful conversation and project planning back and forth via telephone and email. I was immediately impressed with the time and effort Steve spent thinking about this project before he was even offered the job. I found Steve to be articulate and willing to communicate clearly. Truly a professional business person who seemed to take pride in his work.  As soon as the existing siding was removed it was clear that the original builders of the house cut corners. The house was not even wrapped. Steve secured the house with Tyvek house wrap, which turned out to be really significant because we had heavy rains that evening and the next day. He and a partner worked with a careful and methodical pace, measuring, cutting, installing and sealing the siding on the second story of our home. Each day the work site was left clean and the materials were secured, which is important because I have curious children. At the completion of the job Steve did a final clean up, leaving my driveway and yard free of debris and nails. The completed work looks really good, even before taking paint. The closet work was begun and completed equally well. As a customer I especially appreciate the great communication and follow through, as well as the  willingness to guarantee his work. Steve Pickering was very precise in the expectations he set, and he delivered on every one of those expectations, on time and on budget. Given that the estimate was negotiated before Steve even saw the job site, Steve said upfront that he wanted to reserve the right to amend the price, if need be, but that he would be fair, and was willing to actually negotiate the price downward if the job required less materials and work than he anticipated. I reserved the right to take him up on his coupon offer, if I thought the final price was unfairly inflated. At completion, the job cost $250 more than the estimate, given the need  for additional materials. Steve did not charge me extra for the additional labor to wrap and trim up the house, he simply charged me materials cost for the closet shelving, tyvek wrap and the composite trims needed to do the exterior job well. I was so happy with the level of workmanship and professionalism throughout the process that Steve is welcome to the extra money that his coupon would have saved me off of the job. I will not hesitate to call him the next time I have work to be done.    
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APickering Construction LLC
I contacted Pickering Construction after having had an unsatisfactory experience with another contractor who does not appear on Angie's List. I found myself in a position of having an exterior paint job stalled because I needed someone to re-side the  second story section of siding above my garage. Half the boards were rotted and needed replacing, so it made sense just to do the entire side.  By the time I found Pickering Construction, I had interviewed and received estimates from five different construction contractors, including one from another company listed on Angie's list.  My painter was already done with all of the painting that could be done without this work being completed and I needed someone capable and fair to do the work well, and to do it as soon as possible. Enter Steve Pickering. He was not the least expensive estimate I received for the work. but his estimate was reasonable, I thought, for work done on a tight time schedule, to the level of quality I was looking for.  Steve followed up and returned my call quickly. He listened, asked relevant (and confidence building) questions, and even asked for measurements and photographs via email, so that he could determine a thorough estimate without having to leave his current job site for an entire day to make the trip out to assess the work I needed done. What followed was a weekend of thoughtful conversation and project planning back and forth via telephone and email. I was immediately impressed with the time and effort Steve spent thinking about this project before he was even offered the job. I found Steve to be articulate and willing to communicate clearly. Truly a professional business person who seemed to take pride in his work.  As soon as the existing siding was removed it was clear that the original builders of the house cut corners. The house was not even wrapped. Steve secured the house with Tyvek house wrap, which turned out to be really significant because we had heavy rains that evening and the next day. He and a partner worked with a careful and methodical pace, measuring, cutting, installing and sealing the siding on the second story of our home. Each day the work site was left clean and the materials were secured, which is important because I have curious children. At the completion of the job Steve did a final clean up, leaving my driveway and yard free of debris and nails. The completed work looks really good, even before taking paint. The closet work was begun and completed equally well. As a customer I especially appreciate the great communication and follow through, as well as the  willingness to guarantee his work. Steve Pickering was very precise in the expectations he set, and he delivered on every one of those expectations, on time and on budget. Given that the estimate was negotiated before Steve even saw the job site, Steve said upfront that he wanted to reserve the right to amend the price, if need be, but that he would be fair, and was willing to actually negotiate the price downward if the job required less materials and work than he anticipated. I reserved the right to take him up on his coupon offer, if I thought the final price was unfairly inflated. At completion, the job cost $250 more than the estimate, given the need  for additional materials. Steve did not charge me extra for the additional labor to wrap and trim up the house, he simply charged me materials cost for the closet shelving, tyvek wrap and the composite trims needed to do the exterior job well. I was so happy with the level of workmanship and professionalism throughout the process that Steve is welcome to the extra money that his coupon would have saved me off of the job. I will not hesitate to call him the next time I have work to be done.    
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