All American Remodelers, LLC
Areas of service:Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill, Monroe, Matthews, Lancaster, Fort Mill, Huntersville, York, Clover and , Pineville.
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Questions and answers
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
I would recommend they learn the trades. That may sound harsh, but no one is in this business just for the love of the trade.
In all seriousness though... Get to know the contractor. If you think he's trustworthy, give him a shot with something small to see how he does.
Some contractor will pass discounts for supplies on to you, many won't.
If you're unsure about the pricing, consider this: I often will give a quote for a project. The quote is the cap, but if my hourly rate plus materials is lower than the quote, than that's what the customer pays. My customers like this. And I usually come in below the estimate.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
150-200 projects per year. Many are small, or maybe maintenance related. I probably did 10 projects this year that were larger.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
All the regular questions. How long have you done this, what is your strength, etc., etc.
More importantly I think a customer needs to get an unbiased opinion from someone who's not trying to 'steal' the project from a potential contractor.
Unfortunately there's always a potential that a job goes horribly wrong, even from great contractors. At that point finishing the job depends on the level of integrity of the contractor (and the customer).
I would say, whatever it is you want done, get educated about it. You don't have to overdo it, but watching a few videos on YouTube could be very helpful.
Most of all, if there's ever a way to get shoddy work/ a job unfinished/ stress, then it would be by getting the cheapest price. The times I've sold a job just to get it, in other words, I got the job because I was the cheapest, these times have always resulted in jobs that involved unanticipated problems, lack of depth in the contract, etc. These jobs often end in the contractor walking off and the customer feeling like they got taken- even though they paid less than anyone else.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I don't have one single project.. I'm proud of the fact that I have 5 customers, and that they keep me so busy that I don't typically have to pursue other venues of income.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Often there's more than one right way to do the job. But often the contractor coming in after the original one will shoot down the original one, just to make himself look good.
It seems common but people fall for it all the time.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
I warranty the workmanship for a year. If there's a question about quality I will normally go ahead and take care of the issue in question. If it's a year and a month I'll still fix it. Money is just not that important but friendship is.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Know what you want, as much as possible.
No one likes to waste time. If I come in to do an estimate, and I end up actually helping you decide on a few choices, and then the next contractor does the same thing and so on, then the customer completely wasted my time.
The same goes for people who are 'thinking about dong such-and-such'.
So knowing what you want, having specific items you want installed, is very helpful. The more you know, the more specific I can be as well.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I did residential work for 12 years. I worked with many realtors and investors during this time. As such, I do not have a specialty trade, but I'm one of few contractors who is good at carpentry as well as plumbing and electrical work.
Also, I would say I do not work on heating and air systems or anything gas-related. Gas brings too much liability, and HVAC work I've simply never learned.
My strength is that I can do a lot of things -except those few things- and that I can 'get the job done'. The flip side is that I would not recommend myself for a 'custom/ high-end' job. I don't charge enough for that type of work, nor do I care to attain that level of specialization. I prefer to work with people who need a good job in a timely manner for a decent price.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I work with whatever product is recommended or acceptable. However, I do not work with products that are cheap - It turns out you always get what you pay for.
- How did you get started?
I started when my income was no longer sufficient to pay all bills. I have a knack for this stuff, and a lot of common sense, so that's why I decided to start doing 'handyman work'. Today I don't call myself a handyman, because a handyman is a guy in a beat-up 20-year old truck truck full of trash and old tools. He's the guy that keeps me busy because his work is low-quality.
In essence though, I basically still am the handy guy. It's just that the size of the projects has grown, and the skill level required has increased.
My first job was a rent house that was trashed. The tenant was evicted in January or so, and I worked in this house in June. The power was off and the fridge was still full...