I had a bunch of little things we wanted to do around the house in addition to wiring work that was outside my skill set, not to mention tool set. I knew that bringing in a contractor to do all the work would end up being close to $10k, because everything would have to be done by subs, like the wiring by electricians, plumbing by plumbers, etc... I had resigned myself to hiring an electrician to at least get the wiring done and do other stuff myself as time allowed. A woman at my workplace heard me talking about my situation and gave me Matt's name and number with a pretty strong recommendation. I'm glad she did. Matt returned my call 10 minutes after I called and left a message and offered to meet me at my house at my convenience to talk about what I wanted done. We met a couple days later in the evening and he spent a full hour with me, going through the house and talking about more efficient (and cheaper) ways of getting what I wanted done. It struck me at how well he listened to what I was saying and how he came up with really elegant methods of doing it. I received a quote for $3800 the next day, which absolutely floored me as it included just about every little thing on my list for not much more than I'd pay an electrical contractor for just the wiring. He did caution me that in an older house like ours that repair work often finds more problems and the end price may be higher but he would talk with me about every item before he started. And he did find a few things, like the dishwasher (installed by a big box retailer) that had a hacked-off extension cord poorly hardwired in. All told, he probably did another $500 worth of work and only added $200 to his original quote. Matt's a licensed electrician but was also skilled in carpentry and plumbing. When had to cut and cap a water line to get a repair done, he just whipped out a propane torch and a pipe cutter and got it done. During the job, Matt was always on time, friendly, and willing to answer questions about his work. He worked very cleanly, I don't recall having to clean up sawdust or waste material. The work was done over a period of four days, which was what Matt had estimated. Started on time, finished on time. Perfect. My only caveat about Matt is that he's mostly a one-man outfit. He brought in an additional worker one day to help with the wiring, but every other day it was just Matt. Given that, you're not going to get a glossy brochure or a slick salesman/estimator. He doesn't have a website, in fact I don't think I ever got a business card from him. That's where the B in professionalism comes from, since that stuff seems to be important to some folks. Not me, though. I got very good workmanship at a great price from a friendly, competent contractor. There's just something about the guy giving you the price being the same guy who's going to do the work. I talked to Matt this week and after the snow melts, he's coming over to discuss our deck options. I already know I'll be happy with the outcome and that's a good feeling.