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    Barnett Construction
    Dave originally said via email and on the phone that he charged by the hour and the rate seemed very reasonable. And based on time and materials his estimate for the whole job would be $1500. He estimated that the job would take three to four days but not full days as some of the time would be waiting for things to dry. I added up the hours onsite after the first couple of days and asked him if his estimate had changed because I didn't see how we could get to $1500 based on the hours and materials remaining. He then said that the job was a "fixed bid" job and that the number of hours he spent working didn't matter--the cost of the job was $1500. He also said that other contractors would take longer and we should be happy he was so experienced and quick. And disturbingly, he accused me of "stalking" him because I kept track of the hours he was at our house and that he "would have hired 20 lawyers" had he known I would question the cost of the job. In the end he submitted an invoice that came to exactly $1500 and the hours were definitely inflated. Needless to say, we wouldn't hire him again. I don't know if the job was done right as the real test will be during this winter when the rains come. But I recommend anyone that works with him get a very specific bid in writing with signatures instead of relying on emails, conversations and texts.
    - Elizabeth S.
  • A
    Summit Services Park City
    Summit Services has been managing my Park City property for several years now.  They have always taken excellent care of my home and are very responsive in case of emergency.  Their costs are reasonable and they complete work in a timely manner.  I highly recommend Summit Services for property management as well as handyman/landscaping/contracting needs!
    - Kristen Q.
  • A
    ODDJOB ROB
    A lighting fixture chain broke in my bedroom walk-in closet.  Since it was on the ceiling wasn't sure if we should replace the whole system with a switch or replace the chain. I called Rob for advice on what to do. He recommended we replace the fixture chain if not the whole fixture itself, but he had to come by to take a look. We got along immediately over the phone and he said he didn't text so phone call would be best. 
    We decided on a schedule and had someone meet him there.  Payment he let me know would be done by check and that he could accept payment once job was completed.  I confirmed him the time of the appointment once more the morning of.  Even though he must have had other jobs that day he arrived on time at the correct address.
    After the work was completed which took an hour, he called me and left me a message report of the job completed.  He replaced the lighting fixture and charged me appropriately.  The whole experience was trouble free, professional and efficient. I would not hesitate to work with Oddjob Rob again on all my household fixes. 
    Thank you Oddjob Rob!
    Christian
    - Christian M.
  • A
    Navarro's Services
    I bought the 'Handyman for 6 hours' from Angie's list after contacting Umberto to get his opinion on how much time he would need to install the 3 ceiling fans. He ensured 6 hours would be plenty of time. Umberto arrived on time, was knowledgeable, efficient, and did a great job. I would definitely use Umberto again for handyman services.
    - Eltra G.
  • F
    J & R Smith Construction
    Called, talked to him, told me I should go to a store which he didn't know the name of to look at attic stairs, called and told him I could not find it.  Asked if he could call me back so we could schedule a date.  I was flexible on the stairs and where he bought them.  No response.
    - Stephanie B.
  • A
    J & R Smith Construction
    They were prompt and very professional. Finished work as predicted and did an excellent job. (Having done this kind of work before, I can attest to the excellent work they did.) They were very friendly and made recommendations in a timely manner that ensured the work would be completed in a way that exceeded my expectations. I would use them again in a heartbeat!
    - Ron E.
  • D
    Xtra Hand
    The initial estimate was to replace 17" 3/4" x 30" push out casement window.  Window was to be installed permanently closed, no  hinges, no latch.  Apply 2 coats white semi-gloss paint before installation. $150.00
    Replace 17 3/4" x 30" push casement window, paint, caulk. $294.98  Total Bill:  $444.98
    The technician came to residence with pre-painted window and installed window with hinges and latch.  I mentioned that window was supposed to be installed permanently closed but accepted as he had installed because he would have had to redo job.
    When invoice was submitted to me via e-mail, it was the original estimate.  I emailed Xtra Hand and said that invoice was incorrect as 2 coats of semi-gloss paint was not applied and window was a pre-painted window and was installed with hinges and a latch; therefore, no caulking.  I also sent pictures of the installed window showing the old paint.
    I also called them the same day and explained this.
    Xtra Hand offered to come out and paint window and make any other changes.  I told them I felt they were trying to deceive me and told the office person that I did not want them to do anything else for me.  I told them to correct invoice and mail to me and please to not bill me for work that was not done.
    Xtra Hand sent corrected invoice on September 17, 2014 and claimed that semi gloss paint was applied but was not invisible as it was clear.  Replacement of window with 2 coats of white semi gloss paint before installation = $150.00; Push out casement window, paint, hinges, latch = $281.14   Total bill = $431.14
    I wrote on the invoice that window was not attached, as it had been taken out by me previously and put back and was being held in place by latch, as hinge was dry rotted off.  $281.14 to lift out window is robbery.
    I decided to pay bill as submitted as Xtra Hand was determined to milk me for all it could.
    - Barbara B.
  • A
    Red Truck Termite
    The workers arrived promptly and worked hard all day.  They cleaned up after themselves and even swept the front porch. The work was done in 2 days. Mr Laboy came on the third day and did the pest treatment. He and his crew were very professional and pleasant to work with. The cost was very competitive.
    - Judy J.
  • A
    Jean Mateson
    Jean was prompt, cheerful, and respectful. He cleaned the areas he worked in before leaving each day. He showed me how he did his work and did not mind my curiosity and questions. He gave me an estimate and stuck with it. He did a great job and offered to come back after I primed the walls to make sure that everything went well.
    Jean is a very honest workman, and he does not charge me for estimates. Once I was afraid I was going to have to have him remodel a shower stall. Two other workmen had come to the same conclusion. After looking over the situation for a minute, he came up with a fix that cost me nothing.
    Jean is versatile. He can handle not only electrical but plumbing, painting, plastering and carpentry but appliance repair, chimney work, etc. I have owned property in the Bay Area for 17 years and never had as good a contractor as Jean. I highly recommend him!
    - Cheryl D.
  • A
    ODDJOB ROB
    Oddjob Rob was very efficient, came straight out, and he was here at the time promised. He did the job as perfect as you could have it and it's holding up very good. He left me his card and told me if I had any problems he'd come back out and fix whatever it was. I like the way that he presented himself, what he could do for me, and asked if I needed anything else. 
    - Elnora R.
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  • Xtra Hand

    101 Rishell Drive
    Oakland, California