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paddyboy306
Finding a contractor in Northern NJ !!!?????????
paddyboy306

My wife and I have been looking for a reputable painting contractor to paint the exterior of our home. Our home has asbestos shingles, some need re-nailing or replacement ( we bought the new cement style shingles to replace the old shingles) Our problem is this. One contractor says he can only paint 3 sides and the lower half of the 4th side of our home ??????????? Really I thought ladders, scaffolds, whatever could be used so much for this contractor.

Another contractor mainly does rooves, but he said " We could do ( paint your home and repair the shingles) it. He measured the whole house and we never heard of him again.

Another contractor came and said no job too small ! He measured the house and never returned with a call or estimate.

We had a reputable stone mason from out town. Oxy moron. Who came to look at our bricks surrounding our front entry, to re-point them and to install a new planter across the whole front of the staircase length. Nice size job to make some money before winter right ? Wrong the guy hasn't responded to a text that I sent him to see how the estimate was going or to give me an idea of when its coming.

I am a fairly handy guy. Electrical contractor ( small 1 man operation) who has done tiling in my bathrooms, front hall way. I have laid wood flooring in the kitchen. Built some small stand alone cabinets for storage, even painted my summer home ( 1 story in height) small in size thought.

I have made the mistake of hiring off those handyman websites and have had one guy who must've had legal issues, didn't do the job the way it was suppose to be done. Than tells me to write a good referral for his company on the website. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Way.

Is it me or am I expecting the world from these contractors now a days. I know that when I give an estimate I give it back within 3 to 5 days. If the job is too big, too complex to make money on I let the customer know I cant fit it into my schedule, this way they can look for another company. Oh well the search continues and I guess I'll have to wrap my mind around getting my house painted next spring since the weather is getting colder.
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Clarence
Re: Finding a contractor in Northern NJ !!!?????????
Clarence

Contact this person
David Smith
Central NJ 732-331-4270
He should be able to help.

dj1
Re: Finding a contractor in Northern NJ !!!?????????
dj1

I know someone in Bergen County, who has told me the same things about contractors and subs. They give you the impression that they don't want your business...they come for estimates, they measure, jot things down, and...disappear.

There is a word for such contractors: flakes.

Your best source for pros is "word of mouth". Don't ever hire someone who is not recommended to you, and do a thorough check on references.

However, reading your post, I get the impression that some of them are turned away by your general knowledge. They rather deal with folks who know nothing. Next time, let the contractor do all the talking.

And a word about not so hungry contractors: they make a killing on a limited number of jobs, that they feel that they can walk away from less lucrative jobs.

Another advice: learn how to do these jobs that you mentioned by yourself, and save some serious money in the process.

llmotoll
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llmotoll

the tide is turning for contractors. All the good guys are busy and stay busy. If contractors get the feeling the customer will be a High :)ick to dollar ratio & your :)ick tax might exceed tolerance levels then they will play a Houdini on you.

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