Day by Day was started by me, Joshua Chambers in 2000. I have been in the construction trade since 1989; I know my way around a home and have completed projects ranging from repainting a fence to building an addition and everything in between.
I really do enjoy what I do from the initial discussion to the shiny new end product! I see it like this, how many professions are there where you are able to see tangible results at the end of a day? I feel that sense of accomplishment every single day of my life. I could not ask for more, and count myself blessed. So thank you for making my career the wonderfully fulfilling thing that it is!
Attention to detail,
Many would think this a simple matter of watching out for paint drips to a neat caulk line around the tub! While this is true I also believe it to be a matter of keeping the trucks and mechanics clean. We use tarps and make it a point to clean up at the end of each day to ensure as painless and undisruptive an experience as possible.
Playing by the rules,
This is one of the most often under looked aspects of the trades. We live in a world governed by state and federal rules. I will now list a few of these ‘rules’ and would hope that you choose your contractor based on whether or not they play by them and not just the bottom line.
Is the contractor licensed to do the work? It is the LAW that all trades have a license with the STATE, not a county license (though that too may be a requirement). Here is a link to some helpful information on the subject and why this is so important.
Do they carry the proper insurances? Liability is one you must have but if they have employees are they covered too? (Just a little FYI, you do not have to be MHIC licensed to acquire liability insurance)
If they have employees do they cover them as well? Just as above it is easy and CHEAP to get baseline insurance on your person to do construction work but add a few employees and watch how many contractors will start to cut corners. Not only does the employer have to cover their employees with liability but also workman’s compensation which is a BIG expense and vital to you the homeowner. If for example an employee fall, cuts, or bruises their pinky toe and decides to seek compensation the burden can and has been thrown back on YOU the homeowner when the contractor goes belly up to avoid responsibility.
Another important insurance that ensures a above board contractor is unemployment insurance which is only paid through paying taxes. I admit it is tempting to avoid this as it is an instant %30-%40 more out the income door when paid as the LAW states. Remember that from our service men and women, the big wigs(and small wigs) downtown and our garbage collectors it is our tax dollars that foot the bill.
In house Pride,
Though it is not a rule that one must use employees as opposed to subcontractors, some such as myself have learned the HARD way that subcontractors most often equate to substandard work. I would not feel so good either were I to have to give a piece of the profit pie to someone not doing the work. All our mechanics work for the house and only the house.