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06/27/2013
By: mountainmomma34
Abracadabra Contracting Services
WONDERFUL! I recently relocated to an apartment closer to my job, and to my dismay, the unit I moved into was a DISASTER. Apparently, the management company had not CLEANED it after the previous tenant moved out. Let me just say that I was so horrified by the condition of my kitchen (especially my stove), that I sat in the middle of the kitchen floor and sobbed like an idiot for a good ten minutes. (The last person who lived in my unit must have cooked with oil EVERY DAY for years--because it was CAKED on the range/surfaces of the stove AND on my cabinets and countertops!) I discovered that the apartment complex had only one maintenance/cleaning person on staff, and that my apartment's cleanliness was NOT one of that person's priorities. So I took matters into my own hands and called VALERIE with ABRACADABRA. I'm so glad that I did--she was so kind and as a previous property manager herself, she was horrified at my situation and really wanted to help me with my predicament. She came with her crew the NEXT MORNING to do a top-to-bottom cleaning in my apartment while I was busy at work (the management let them into my unit and Valerie left me an itemized invoice to give to the manager for reimbursement). Valerie even called after leaving to let me know the job was done and to make sure it was to my satisfaction. Well I am beyond satisfied--my stove was like a different stove altogether--totally free of the sticky, nasty oil and residue left behind by the last tenant. The ceiling fans, which were carpeted with dust, were IMMACULATE. My venetian blinds were completely free of dust, carpet vacuumed, countertops scoured, refrigerator and cabinets clean and shiney! I recommend this company hands-down--you won't find a better cleaning company than Abracadabra!
10/28/2014
By: Vicki W.
Blatnik Construction Inc
For starters my project was supposed to be a 3.5 weeks, it took 4 months to complete. This wasn't due to any horrible unknowns that could happen; but due to the fact he sub contracts on almost every step and most times they were no shows for weeks or days at a time. The only crew that would arrive on the day and time scheduled would be those who were direct employees of Blatnik Construction; which consisted of ONE carpenter and 4 PAINTERS. Each contracted company would express my same concerns with the shotty workmanship. The last straw was when I was told on my gutted attic, the reason for my wavy walls, and the 2.5in gap in the poorly hung drywall was from having plaster and now having drywall. When I insisted that this must be fixed, I was told "for my information we are overtime, and over cost, and there was more waste than was expected". All in all sir, that is your job and your loss, you did not bid my job correctly. Who says that to a customer?? I had to threaten calling the magistrate for this to be fixed. Did I mention every step of the way I was asked what was being done, what was left, what needed done, what was wrong? Isn't that the point of having a contractor? Or if there is a change, being told the reason for the change? All and all if you do not look closely (or see the crack already in one of the seams I expressed concern over) you don't notice the waves in the walls, or uneven corners it looks nice.
02/18/2013
By: city-guy
Master Remodelers Inc
Long time a fan of the award-winning work of Regis McQuaide of Master Remodelers, I contracted for a small job with him to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of my 100+ year old home. I appreciate the fact that he has multiple certifications in Home Performance. For my project, Regis had previously and generously given me some pointers about my own DIY work on better insulating my home, including sealing duct work, caulking, etc. As a final step in my project, Rege recommended that his crew spray foam insulation above my basement walls between the floor joists and foundation. His two man crew performed the spray insulation work very efficiently and with no disruption to my home or work schedule. And they were very personable and knowledgable about Home Performance (this crew also does the energy audits for the company).I saw and felt the results immediately. My home was more comfortable and temperatures more even throughout, especially in winter. My gas heating bill dropped to 1/3 of my former budget amount; the electric bill for summer AC, to about 50% of previous. Great news and great advice from Rege! I would recommend Master Remodelers to anyone... and hope someday to bring them back for the kind of work they are best known for—major remodeling projects of premium quality.
04/12/2015
By: cutienut
Steve Catranel Construction Co.
I have been renting from Catranel for almost a year now. I can honestly say that after having rented from many slipshod, shady, and disorganized companies/landlords this bunch is a breath of fresh air. Everything has always been handled professionally and Nanette and her office team have always been very friendly and accommodating.When we moved in the apartment was immaculate and we have NEVER had an issue with any part of it. I think this is honestly the first place in Pittsburgh I have lived where I haven't had to repair about 10 things. Maintenance is always prompt, even on weekends for major issues, and they offer a hotline to call at any hour. Our building is kept clean and the neighbors are all quite friendly and kind.If you are looking for a great company to rent from look no further than Catranel.
10/03/2012
By: linda.cohen.543
Abracadabra Contracting Services
I first called looking for someone who could help with a real mess and organization. They did a fantastic job! Since that first call I have had abracadaba do weekly cleaning, sping cleaning, painting and most recently I hired them as a wedding present for my nephew. GREAT PRESENT!!!! The bride and groom said it took an amazing amount of stress off of them they didn't even know they had. Five stars for Pam and Crew!!!!!!!
06/12/2017
By: Bob F.
Master Remodelers Inc
I have had a positive experience with Master Remodelers. They agreed to do the work as agreed and in a timely manner. They conduct themselves in a very professional manner. They are a very competent company and they sweat all the details ensuring the customer has a good remodeling experience. I feel confident that other customers will also have a good experience with Master Remodelers.
10/17/2014
By: Seth P.
Abracadabra Contracting Services
I am 100% satisfied with the work completed and level of service received throughout this entire process. My house looks fantastic and I will absolutely recommend your services to anyone I know planning to have work done. Abracadabra will be at the top of my list if and when I decide to get more work done as well. Thanks again for a great experience. A+ work.
09/25/2016
By: Richard K.
Mutual Builders & Acceptance
Mutual Builders & Acceptance completed a leaking roof project for me last week and they did a great job. The roofer is very professional - one time, on budget, and went above and beyond to help. His attention to detail and making sure the job is done right is very apparent. I'd recommend Mutual Builders & Acceptance to any family and friends without reservation.
08/30/2016
By: Eunice J.
Mutual Builders & Acceptance
Mutual Builders & Acceptance saved the day after another roofing company told me my fairly new roof needed to be replaced to the tune of $30k! Needless to say, I got a second opinion, and they saved the day. They told me what repairs would be needed and suggested ongoing maintenance to avoid bigger problems down the road. And their pricing was reasonable!
05/22/2015
By: Erik P.
Borgo Construction Inc
Frank and his team are efficient, hard working and very knowledgeable. They were for many long hours because they knew I wanted it done as quickly as possible. They were very accommodating to us and we were able to stay in our home while he worked.
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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