Drywall repair and Installation Specialist
I requested a quote last week online thru drywall contractor. Alex called me promptly and came out the next day for a quote. He told me he could do it the following Wednesday. We scheduled the job. He called the day before to confirm, showed up on time and did great work. What more can you ask for? Great work and great communication. And by the way, he did not make a mess either! I had converted a closet into an office and he evened out all of the various finishes, skinned a bad wall and textured everything. We have a 70 year old house with plaster walls/ceilings that, typical of such houses, had cracks. As part of an extensive remodel, we wanted to patch and repair cracks in a manner that would be done correctly and permanently. We also recently grounded/converted all 2-prong electrical outlets to 3prong which left many holes in the walls. Throughout the initial meeting, bid, and repairs, Alex was personable, knowledgeable, and a craftsman who takes great pride in his work. He utilized drywall for the many wall holes since it is a more permanent fix than plaster repairs and, as needed, he used wood backing pieces secured by screws to ensure the patches were solid and strong. I highly recommend Sheetrock and his company Alex Drywall. Following our home inspector's advice, we sent samples of the dated "popcorn" ceiling texture in our newly purchased home (built in 1969) for asbestos testing. The test results came back from the lab positive (1-2% asbestos) so we decided to have them removed rather than continue painting them every five years to encapsulate the material. Do It Now confirmed they are certified to handle the removal (they "specialize in that") and we read good reviews on Yelp, so we decided to go with the company.
Lath repair and smooth finish Our house is 1,600 square feet. "Popcorn" ceiling texturing was in every room except the two bathrooms and the kitchen. For expediency, we donned masks and carefully removed all the light fixtures and vents ourselves. We also removed all the furniture we'd just moved in to make it easier for the crew and to prevent any damage. (We were thanked for this and told that it helped tremendously, but did not receive any reduction in price for our prep. work.) To be fair, we were in a rush because we had to be out of our old house. Rick, the owner, said he had to hire several extra painters to help complete our job on time. Our house also had more square feet of coverage than he originally thought when he visited the house to give us a quote. Three separate crews were brought in: one crew covered the walls with plastic sheeting and removed the asbestos-ridden texturing. The next crew re-taped and re-mudded the ceiling drywall seams, then textured the ceilings. The final team masked and painted. BOTTOM LINE IS VERY IMPORTANT Everything went smoothly with all the workers being friendly and, in general, careful of the house. There were minor issues (paint on one curtain, texture bits left in the fireplace, minor paint drips on the
carpet), but overall they did a very good job cleaning up. They even washed the front walkway. We were pleased that Do It Now accepted all major credit cards via Square and Rick could usually be reached by cell phone if we had questions. Overall, I gave the company a five-star rating because they did a good job and really worked hard to get us in the house in time. As always, there were a few things they could have done better. A more accurate time estimate would have been nice. It was very awkward to be asked after competition of the job to help pay for the additional workers that had to be brought in to finish the job on time. This was presented as optional, but not discussed prior to completion of the job. I'd definitely recommend that Rick reevaluate his choice of Behr paint. Our walls had all recently been painted using Benjamin Moore. We assumed Rick would specify a swiss coffee white from them, but he said he "usually works with Behr," so we trusted his recommendation and went with that instead (again, no credit for the cheaper paint). The painters repeatedly commented that Behr doesn't give as good coverage. They had to come back twice to address sections of ceiling where roller marks were very obvious. (They blamed the inferior paint.) There are still some places where roller marks can be seen, but we ran out of time to deal with those and will repaint the sections ourselves "someday" if we have the time. There were also a number of dings and chips on the walls, plus one hole that was knocked in the wall, during the texture removal process. Those had to be repaired and repainted. Fortunately, we had 2/3 of a can of leftover Benjamin Moore wall paint that the painters used up completely. Again, there was no credit for the use of our paint, no offer to replace what they used, and they didn't save the can so we knew the color!
I had some dry rot, a couple leaks through the siding when it rained, and other siding issues that was in need of immediate repairs so I called Good Life Construction to come by and give me a quote. Specialist came by and I explained to him the obvious problem areas and I also asked him to evaluate other areas which were questionable. Peter and I spent a sufficient amount of time going through the outside of the entire house. Peter gave me a thorough explanation to me why each area should be repaired. After spending time with Peter, it was clear to me that he was very knowledgeable in his field and I felt very good about explanations. The following day I received a quote which was very reasonable, so I decided to go with Good Life. I called the office to schedule an appointment, the earliest appointments were two weeks out. Good Life started and finished the work on schedule. During the course of the work I got a text from Patching drywall and drywall repair San Diego while I was at work showing me that when removing some of the damaged siding that there was additional dry rot on some of the wood work around the windows so I meet with the contractor to discuss additional repairs and costs. After seeing the damaged I approved the additional repairs. The whole experience working with Peter was a very good one. He was very knowledgeable, attentive, and responsive and I thought his pricing was fair. My recommendation would be to always correspond with specialist because he is the person who gets things done. I called around and got about 5 bids to remove popcorn ceilings from my house, before we moved in. His pricing was not the cheapest, but pretty darn close. Super Shooters came in way higher... I give them a 5 star rating, because they finished on time, and honored his bid. He took care of a bunch of small stuff for me, including some water damage that he had to cut and replace the drywall. They did a great job and we're very happy!
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