Posts By: Jeffrey Fick

Job of the Month – May 2014

Description of Work: Replaced all eave and rake fascia, soffit and molding with new PVC trim, added lumber to support new trim and gutters, replaced all gutters with new .032 brown aluminum half round gutters with #10 fascia mounted shanks and 6″ circles, replaced all downspouts with 4″ round brown aluminum downspouts, replaced water-table flashings Read More

Getting a contractor to bid your work

Selecting a Contractor Some Owners are confused when contractors are not over-eager to bid the work. If contractors believe you are not ready to buy the work, or you are just a price shopper, they may feel that you are not worth their time. Here is how you can get them to bid. Tell the Read More

Understanding the contractor

Selecting a Contractor Just as you are qualifying a contractor, the contractor is qualifying you. If you seem unreasonable, he may not bid. For example, if you do not allow the contractor ample time to explain the project, so that he is confident you understand everything about it, the professional will often not bid. Professional Read More

Job of the Month – April 2014

Description of Work: Replace right side terne metal roof and built-in gutter with a 20oz copper flat seam roof and built-in gutter, replace downspouts, miscellaneous carpentry repairs to trim and molding, priming and painting new molding, spot pointing tile floor in sunroom, painting rear entrance roof and pressure washing front sidewalk and front steps. Project Read More

Selecting a Contractor: Specific questions for specific projects.

Product Selection – Make sure the proposal includes a specific reference to the product and color you have chosen. Your proposal will be your proof of purchase in later years. Manufacturer Warranty Specifications – If the project is to be warranted by a manufacturer, confirm that the agreement states that the work will conform to Read More

Selecting a Contractor: What is the company’s workmanship warranty?

Typically, contractor workmanship warranties are for one year or more. Longer warranties are not more valuable than shorter warranties. The length of the warranty is less important than the intent and ability of the contractor to stand behind his warranty. The professional contractor often performs well beyond the written warranty period because he knows that Read More

Selecting a Contractor: How long has the contractor been in business?

Needless to say, the more experienced the better. Under five years is often a tell-tale sign of an unstable business. Most contracting businesses (90%) fail within the first five years. Examine new business with extra care before awarding the project. Check references carefully. Current references are only valuable to see if the Owner is happy Read More

Selecting a Contractor: Is the company a licensed, registered contractor, and a member in good standing of a trade association?

The (MHIC) Maryland Home Improvement Commission requires ALL conatractors that work in the state of Maryland to be licensed and insured. Automatically reject any contractor who is not licensed. However, do not be fooled by a contractor with a license.   Be forewarned that some contractors use their license as a way to legitimize themselves. The license requirements Read More