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By: robertm
Lupo Home Improvement Inc
We met Ron Lupo on a list of contractor recommendations by Gilbert's Hardware in SCS. He came out the middle of last winter (2011) to repair our old roof from leaking. We were desperate to stop the leak, but he charged us a fair and reasonable fee, stopping the leak for good. This summer, when it came time to get bids on our new roof, Lupo Home Improvement wasn't the lowest bid. But Ron's integrity stuck in our minds; so we went with him. We weren't disappointed. His 6-man crew tore off the old roof, replacing only what wood was necessary. They used sheets of really good 3/4" roofing ply. The crew was totally professional, continuing the job until it was completed - in just two days. They cleaned up the worksite and removed the trailer used to catch the tear-off material from our property as soon as possible. Lupo H.I. uses CertainTeed Landmark series shingles, which are right up there with the best. In conclusion I think the honesty in replacing only what wood was necessary, the promptness and hard work by the highly professional 6-man crew, makes Lupo Home Improvement the best value for the money.
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By: Gary S.
Sycam Video Pipe Inspection
To Whom it may concern,Limbach has subcontracted work to Sycam Video Inspections on multiple projects. The servicewe received met our expectations each time. Many times the work was able to be scheduled andperformed under a tight schedule. The quality of the videos and the written reports were verysatisfactory to us and to our customers.I have personally recommended Sycam to other contractors and will continue to do so in thefuture. At Limbach we expect our subcontractors to perform their work with the same safety, qualityand professionalism that we challenge ourselves with and Sycam has met the challenge. We lookforward to working with Sycam on future projects.Signed,Kit LatimerPiping Trades ManagerTO: Whom it may concern:As the owner of Christian Brothers Plumbing I would like to say we have used Sycam Video Inspection on numerous occasions over the past two years and have been totally happy with his work. Gary does good work, is prompt and has fair pricing, I highly recommend his company for sewer line inspections and locating.Christian Brothers PlumbingGary P. Christian
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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