Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here's another job where the homeowner really wanted to do it right. When I met the young professional (stockbroker?...or insurance maybe?....can't remember) and his wife and little ones to give my estimate, he had just bought the house and removed just about everything down to the studs. He said he wanted to start over, and do it right. When I hear lines like that, I know we're going to get along just fine. For such a young guy, he had a lot of confidence that what he was doing was the only way to go. That's always nice to see, because it seems so many young men have no confidence whatsoever. He did a lot of the work himself, (and did nice work if I may say so, especially not being a professional) and that's nice to see also, because those guys tend to appreciate what we do just a little more.
So, a few months later, I came in and gave him a brand-new both sides open, lower stair with a double bullnose starting step. Then we installed the posts, handrail, and white balusters. He then had the trim carpenter install "shadow boxes" along the walls and they really add a nice finishing touch. After the floors were installed, and the painter stained and painted everything, he's got a brand new house. So, if you're tired of your old tired stair, rail, balusters, or posts, give me a call, at 215-694-5046, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your FREE design consultation. (A $250 value) We're looking forward to your call so we can help you Install, Repair, or Replace your Stair, and Rail in Cherry Hill NJ, and have your house looking like this, and making a great first impression when friends and family and neighbors come over for parties and holidays, and birthdays, and graduations, and christenings, and bar/bat mitzvahs, or even just to watch the big game.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
This is going to be about HOW TO HIRE STAIR AND RAIL PROFESSIONALS IN AND AROUND PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH JERSEY. Normally, I post after pics of the work I've done. Today, I wanted to show you what the other "guy" did. Seeing this got me all jacked up. This is all too often the type of work folks get from unqualified contractors who say they can do Stair and Rail work. Ok, so as you can see, this is going to be a little different than my normal post. These are some photos from a recent stair and rail job I started in Exton PA. The contractor before me left the stair just as you see it. Except for the missing treads, (that was me disassembling what he did years before.) Note the wedges barely hanging in their grooves. Note the treads NOT EVEN IN THE STRINGERS AGAINST THE WALL. The homeowner called me out to see what was wrong with her stair that had increasingly loud squeaks and noises, and visible movement in the staircase as she and her family traversed the stairs each day. After removing the sheetrock off the backside of the stair, I was shocked by what you see. I was afraid to go up the stairs again after I saw this. SCARY!! You talk about nightmare in Exton. In the course of a year, I bid upwards of one hundred jobs, and I don't win all of them. What's frustrating about seeing this, is knowing that some of the jobs I don't win may be done by jokers with work quality like this.
Now, I don't know who hired this person to do this job, but after close to 30 years of being in and around construction, I'd be willing to bet that this was the CHEAPEST GUY the former homeowner could find. And guess what? This is the fantastic end-product that he got. Proving once again, that you get what you pay for. If your life and the lives of your family aren't really that important to you, then be sure to hire THE CHEAPEST GUY you can find for every job around your house and generally this is what you can expect. There's a reason that legitimate contractors charge the prices that they do. Mainly because doing a good job takes time, and expertise, and skill, that only comes from having been taught correctly how to do a certain job, and having many years experience doing that job always helps as well.
I'm calling this worker a "guy" because he certainly wasn't a stair professional. He was obviously a handyman who took on a job that was way out of his league. Unfortunaely, there are many guys out there who will tell a homeowner whatever he has to tell them just so he gets the job, because he really, really needs the money. It doesn't matter to him whether it turns out right or not, he just needs some work from somebody, because he has bills he has to pay and he's broke.
So, here's my big suggestion for today. Be sure to check out the "guy" you're going to hire to do any work in and around your house. DO NOT TRUST WHAT THEY SAY. The best con men are fantastic liars. That's why they're able to keep ripping people off year after year. Be sure to speak with last 3 customers and ask to come see at least one of those jobs, (and try to take someone with you that knows something about construction.) Most homeowners are too gullible and naive. It's really not their fault, they don't deal with contractors for a living, they only deal with contractors because they have to. And, the only reason they have to deal with a contractor, is because they have to update, or fix what the builder screwed up in their house when he hired THE CHEAPEST GUY to do work on your house as it was being built in the first place.
Alright, I'm done ranting.
I'll post pics of completed job once everything is done. I just had to post this right away.
If your stair is creaking and groaning, that means your stair is moving. And if it's moving, that means that it's starting to come apart. Your stair should be as solid as your floor. If you need a highly trained, highly skilled, highly ethical stair and rail professional in Philadelphia, or South Jersey, to fix, repair, replace, remove, manufacture, or install your old or new stair or rail, give Ron Hartman a call at 215-694-5046, or send him an email at email@example.com.