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  • C
    Homeworx Construction & Plumbing
    I originally purchased 4 hours of handyman services to install a storm-door that I purchased that came complete with all mounting/installation hardware.  After at first not showing up to our agreed upon scheduled date due to double booking himself, we rescheduled one month later only to find that the provider and his partner were unable to install the storm door.
    As they examined the directions and tried to determine whether they would be able to install the door, it became apparent that they were not comfortable with proceeding with installation, to which they conceded.  I then directed them to perform some simple mounting tasks so that the time I had paid for did not go to complete waste.  They mounted a mirror, power-strip, towel rack to wall, and installed a shower head which took all of 2 hours to perform - which was all done well.
    Because the provider did not show to our initial scheduled date, for which I took off a day from work, he was very remorseful and agreed to provide additional 4 hours of service due to the mix-up.  He agreed to install a sink I had present which I showed to him to check out before returning.  He examined the site above as well as the under-surface below the existing sink, and explained to me what the job would entail including removal of the tile and a time approximation for installation 4 hours. He performed measurements before he left the house to confirm that the sink would fit.  We then agreed upon a date for him to return to begin the project.
    However, once he returned to install the sink, he then re-examined the under-surface again only to determine that the job now would require a complete removal of the plywood due to dry-rot and thus be a day-long 8-hour job.  Despite noting the dry rot upon his first inspection, he did not inform me this was a barrier to installation when we first scheduled the job.
    I do believe that the provider was trying to be as honest as possible once he was finally here to do the job but it was apparent to me that upon his first inspection, he was more concerned with booking the job than with making an accurate assessment of the true extent of the job and give me a true estimate.
    After all the back and forth with this handyman, I decided it would be better to cut my losses and hire someone more reliable and focused.  I believe this provider to be an honest worker, but it just seemed to me from all the back and forth and lack of clarity from him that he was a bit over-extended with his workload.
    - Michael F.
  • A
    Brannick and Associates Painting Services

    Patrick's four man crew (who have been with him for several years) was very professional. They spent a total of seven days painting our house (one story). They cleaned up at the end of each day. Once the crew arrived I asked Patrick if he knew anyone who could do some minor carpentry work. Fortunately, he had someone on his crew who could do this work and did this much to our satisfaction. Patrick came by each day to see how everything was going and to check in with me.

    Patrick told us at the beginning of the process that once he was done it would seem like we had a new house. He was right. Our neighbors have commented on how nice our house looks. Far and away the best experience I have ever had with a contractor. I cannot recommended him highly enough.

    (Oh, one final comment. Patrick's total cost was very reasonable. He did more work for less than other quotes we received.)


    - John P.
  • D
    Roof Doctors
    They first sent out a person to give me an estimate. He was very professional, so that made me feel very relaxed about using the service. I found an area that definitely needed repair, and the worker only worked on the areas that I originally had talked to the estimator about. I basically had to stand and tell the worker if something didn't look right. I called them and questioned them about him and they said he was a certified roofer. He did not speak English well at all and it wasn't enough to be able to communicate with him. I had a different company out here to redo some of the work the Roof Doctors did. I had to have some of that work redone. I never called to request a refund or anything.
    - Sonya R.
  • A
    Philips Remodeling
    Philips Remodeling was one of four contractors I interviewed to work on my home.  My wife and I picked Ben because we felt that he was the most friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable contractor we met.  We showed all the contractors a huge crack in the living room of our newly purchased home and Ben was the only contractor that took the time to go up into the attic to find out what the last owner did wrong.  Ben was also one of two contractors that took the time to take all the measurements he needed for the quote.  He showed us sincerity and a genuine desire to earn our business.  He submitted a bid to us within two days with a proposal that described in detail the work proposed, price (listed in line items), work schedule, and payment schedule.  
    The work was scheduled to be completed in 30 days and it went over by one day.  I told Ben that my wife and I will be living through the construction and we were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process was.  Every day Ben and his partner Chris would completely seal off the construction side of the house and did everything in their power to keep the noise level at a minimum.  They had to take out two walls, shore up the supports of the 1945 kitchen floor,  and rip out a ton drywall.  Despite the mess from the demo, Chris and Ben cleaned up on a daily basis which included vacuuming, throwing out the trash, and organizing all their tools.  My father was a general contractor and I worked for him throughout my summers in high school and college.  I must say that I have never soon a job site as clean as the one Ben kept in my home.  
    My biggest compliment for Ben was his communication.  I received daily updates of the construction.  No change order was ever made without consulting either me or my wife.  In return, my wife and I also communicated to him if we made any changes of our own.  There were a few days when my wife worked from home and Ben did everything he can to make sure his construction process did not disturb her.
    It is refreshing to work with a contractor that is so professional and talented in his craft.  Even though my wife and I made all the decisions on the design of the reno, Ben would give his professional opinion on how to make certain designs better and more efficient.  It is also evident in their professionalism when they had to go underneath the crawl space to put in supports to level the kitchen floor.  Chris, Ben's partner, is at least 6' 2".  He would go down into he crawl space in what must have been a monumental challenge maneuvering himself.  For some reason there are a lot of coal underneath my home.  Chris and Ben would come out of the crawlspace looking like coal miners and they would stand there laughing with me about how dirty they look.  I admire their ability to laugh at themselves even though it must have been a very challenging process to level my kitchen floor.  
    Ben also took the helm in making sure all the inspections were scheduled on time throughout the construction.  He would always give me an update on the inspector's comments and let me know if any changes needed to be made.  My wife and I could not be happier with the results of our reno.  Ben took us on a complete and detail walkthrough of the house to make sure nothing was missed.  From the beginning I told Ben that he can contact me anytime if he needed my input.  I understand that any client/contractor relationship is a two-way street.  We could not be happier about making the decision to hire Philips Remodeling.  Ben never stack jobs, so he will completely focused on your job from start to finish.  Anyone who has seen the photos of our completed reno would comment that it looks like a photo from a magazine.  Feel free to check the photos yourself on Ben's website at http://www.philipsremodeling.com/gallery.html.  We are currently the first 7 photos.  I have recommended Ben to several friends and I will definitely call him again when I save enough for my bathroom reno.  
    - Jonathan L.
  • A
    Precision Roofing Co
    I got more than my money's worth. Precision Roofing Company exceeded my expectations in every way. There was thorough and impeccable workmanship. The crew was professional, highly skilled, and friendly. They took the time to answer my questions, even twice during their lunch. They arrived promptly at 8 a.m. (or sooner) and left at 3 p.m. every single day until done. Cleanup was complete every day. There was no damage to my home nor to my landscape and plants.

    It was a big leap of faith for me to replace the entire roof on my biggest possession and investment, the home I will live in for a very long time. I am the original owner of a home built new in 1980 by a well-known developer, and I felt that the builder made mistakes, including the roof, I found out over the years. A handyman had told me that there was nothing underneath the concrete tile roof...no plywood, no felt paper..just attic air and a few slats of wood. I went up, and I could see the bottoms of the tiles and sky at an angle  through the tiles. I found out that, in 1980, such a roof was legal, and I could do nothing. To add insult to injury, the developer's salesman in 1980 boasted that we had a "lifetime roof."  Really? Rain could pour right into my walls, and had done so, right over my electric switch in my garage. My next door neighbor had a major leak into their house over their front door during a fierce storm. Scary. I had  to pay $500 for one maintenance check job from another roofer five years ago; my neighbor paid $1,000 for one maintenance. When my gutters dripped rusty water onto my head one day last month, I decided replacing gutters was not enough. It was time to"bite the bullet " and replace the whole mess. Now I had to find a company I could trust . And I did.

    I found Precision Roofing in the coupon section of Angie's List Magazine. Hmm, Licensed, of course. Super Service Award 2007, '08, '09, and"10.  An "A" rating, over 250 reviews. BBB rating A+. Insured for both Workman's Compensation and liability, which protected me. In business for 36 years, employs 18, even during this economy. Written, transferrable warranty for both shingles, and for workmanship. Looked good, so I called.

    Michael Green, the owner, spotted my roof's problem areas immediately. "That's not right, over the garage door," he said. True, that must have been the cause of my garage leak. We walked down the street, looking a roofs and installations. I wanted  light colored roof, and he said that reds and blues do not last in roofs, and fade out. I chose a roof that looks brownish but that also reflects the sun, and the shingles are thickest at the ends, giving a beautiful textural appearance.
    The next day he e-mailed the estimate. It was very detailed, putting in writing exactly how the work was to be done and which materials, for each phase. He even listed his insurance company's name and policy number for the liability insurance.

    Some of my neighbors down the street originally had thin wood shingles, so they had simpler re-roof jobs. But I didn't see any carpentry work or any corrections done. I thought "What problems  were those guys just covering up, bragging about taking just two days?"  It is the same subdivision. I chose to correct all the problems Mr. Green pointed out. My house is beautiful, and the air conditioner ran only 1/3 the time during the last heat wave, because the radiant barrier plywood and power vent did their job. During stormy weather, I can sleep at night. And, I have complete information about how my roof was made, in writing. That's much more information than that well-known developer gave us for our entire new house! I'm glad I hired Precision Roofing Company.
    - Marilyn T.
  • A
    Vargas Landscaping
    The owner of this company is Nato, a native of my father's home state in Mexico, Zacatecas. I called Nato and asked for an estimate twice. Once because I needed a fence rebuilt and once because I wanted my patio done. Both times, Nato was very professional and helpful. He came up to the East Bay from the peninsula, was on time for the estimate appointment and got back to me very quickly with the estimate. His estimate was not the cheapest, but still fair. I ended up going with a cheaper estimate but the other contractor took a long time to finish and did not pay attention to detail. For my next landscape need, I will hire Nato.
    - Maristella H.
  • A
    GT General Contractor
    I thought I had a lot of experience remodeling until I purchased this home. The previous owner's had not done any real maintenance for tens of years. When I first obtained bids from general contractors I thought their prices were high and the allowances for finishes very low. Most also thought it would be very difficult to complete the remodel with my partner and I living in the home and wanted us to find a temporary place. So I decided I needed to do a lot of the prep myself, sub-contract out major systems and find a general contractor that could bring me more value and work around us while the remodel happened. In addition, I knew that there were so many items that come up in a remodel that I needed flexibility and honesty from the contractor I dealt with (Change Orders can be death by a thousand cuts). So I hired a someone to draw up plans, submitted to the plans to the city, obtained a permit and went looking for someone small enough that I could have good relationship with but capable and able to complete the project. I am really thankfull that I found George. Remember that contractor on the old Murphy Brown show that basically lived at her house? Well that has been George for the last year. We started in August of 07 and are at the point now of finishing up a few items (due to supplier delay not his) and work on the yard. I did not take all of the home down to studs but almost, and George did everthing except the HVAC, Electrical, Deck and some plumbing. All the bathrooms were totally redone and I did not use the standard travertine tile or standard finshes. I used Grohe, Hans Grohe, glass tiles, matte finish subway tiles, 1" tiles; all had their idiosnycracies when being installed. I really don't think George had worked with most of these materials before but he thought it through and I get many compliments on my bathrooms. The kitchen remodel was pretty extensive in that we took a 10' x 11' room that after knocking down walls and and reconfiguring was turned into a 11 x 22 kitchen that I really love. One of the reasons that this remodel took so long was that I had to do it in stages and that meant waiting for materials, do the work and then working on the next stage. George was great at waiting for me to be ready for him. It was also great to have someone that could deal with the unexpected road blocks( for example finding extensive dry rot when we opened up an exterior wall to frame for new patio doors) . Like all human beings George is not perfect but when I found something I did not agree with he would explain to me why he did it that way and I would agree or he would agree to redo it. He really knows a lot about construction and will give you the best advice on how to handle an issue. If you are looking for a turnkey operation, GT is not going to be the right place but if you can sub contract other systems you are really going to get a affordable value and flexiblity from George at GT.
    - Mark T.
  • A
    Xtra Hand
    Brant was on time and professional. Made great suggestions and I will definitely call him for my 1st job.
    - robert s.
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