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Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
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I have purchased 3 Rolex’s from Matt and have been doing business with him for years. Merkley Kendrick Jewelers has the best selection of Rolex watches and I’ve always been treated like family by Matt and the Merkley Kendrick staff. Their overall selection and customer service are unsurpassed! Highly recommend!
My experience with RL Plumbing is unfavorable to say the least. the owner Ron LeChance was dishonest and deceitful in work that needed to be done to repair my sump pump. He declared I had code violated plumbing issues and said I needed to reroute HVAC condensation lines and add an additional condensation pump to my HVAC unit to bring to code & fix my flood problem. When I contacted the KY Dept of plumbing to check on the “code violation” I was told there was no such code. Upon asking further questions I found out the work that was performed was unneccessary & was put in under direct violation of federal law and was dangerous to myself and my family. There was no venting system in place. He had to come back out per their insistence to put everything back as it was or risk losing his plumber so liscence. He would not not refund me half the cost of the previous repair as I requested. Be aware of this plumbers diceitful practices and if you’re a single woman, make sure to do your due diligence as Ron will seize the opportunity to take advantage of you and your money.
I was shopping for a roof and i called the 3 biggest roofing companies in Louisville their tv ads looked very good but i really regret it. They just sent me a bunch of salesmen who didn't even listen to my needs, they were only interested in making their commission selling me a roof. I'm so glad i called Rene , he really explained to me everything i needed to know, showed me several shingle samples and options, without any pressure at all, i mean , i was impressed and he earned my trust, i let him do my roof and i'm really satisfied with their work. My neighbor used him before to repair their roof and he's also really happy with the results, great work! great guy! great roofer! I'm glad to know that still exist contractors like him.
Jerry is a man that I trust in my home, and have left a house key for him a couple of times because I was working. He does fantastic work and is very fair on pricing. He has also always been expedient with repairs. I own an older home with some issues. I feel confident Jerry will always be there for me!
Erika B did our home and did an excellent job. Everything was just as we expected it to be. She worked alone and took time to make certain everything was just as if it were her own home she was cleaning.Would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to clean their home.
Great honest company. Hope and her crew did an amazing job cleaning up my house after I hosted a party.
I normally like doing food reviews but this is an exception. As I try to do my best in finding the best deals and businesses where I work, I came across this one through a friend of mine who had nothing but high praise for. I decided to call and had an appointment to clean the office I'm at. Normally another crew would come in but there was a family emergency and Taylor, one of the crew, recommended this business.I was greeted by quite a professional crew of cleaners that informed me of my options and I asked a couple questions Taylor told me to ask. I was graciously given a discount - which was quite surprising! - and was informed of what the crew was able to handle. I mentioned Taylor and one girl in the crew knew of her. I watched them closely as they did their job with a smile, a joke, but lots of professionalism that put me at ease.When all was said and done, the office was sparkling clean. Thanks for a bangup job,Hope Lane . I and my office mates were duly impressed (and the cost was very reasonable too). And thanks, also, for the follow-up call the next day asking if anything else needed attention. I'm definitely keeping you in mind if there's another emergency.
Move in cleaning for my new home. Amazing service! So worth it. Honest trustworthy cleaning service. Having a clean spotless house is a major plus. They took the stress out of moving into a new house.
Did a great job installing a water heater Was also prompt when there was toilet problems .Would recommend to anyone that had plumbing issues
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.