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I recently had a conversation with a woman regarding some water damage that she didn’t know how to resolve. In talking to her, she had mentioned that she was afraid to call a general contractor. She pictured some smelly man with muddy shoes stumping through her home telling her she needed all kinds of work to be done and it was going to be expensive. She was in fear of the unknown. She called me because I was referred from a mutual friend. Her problem was not a big deal really. There was a slow leak that was easily fixed, the area cleaned up, the wall was patched, problem solved. Her fears are shared by a lot of people looking for help. How do you find a contractor?
I was referred by a friend that I had done work for, this is probably the most reliable source. Somebody who has already used a contractor has direct knowledge of how the contractor does business. There are real estate agents and brokers, insurance adjusters, and professionals who work with general contractors regularly; they can also be consulted.
Of course there is the internet, local search engines can be helpful. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter may help you in finding someone you would be comfortable working with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions online or over the phone. Get a couple of people willing to come see what needs to be done.
Contractors who know this business realize that you are not a one time sale. If we do our job correctly you will want us to return in the future. You may write a good review or testimonial. Maybe you will refer us to the next homeowner in need of some help. By helping you with your needs, we may be helping ourselves. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Good luck with all your construction related projects.
I got a call from a contractor in San Diego today, he said he was moving to Placerville, Ca and will be looking for work. The contractor said he had his General Contractors License, his own business, but since he would be moving to Placerville he was starting over again. He wanted to know if I had a need for his contracting services. I told him that I have been working regularly and have been blessed with a steady stream of new calls. We did some small talk but I was in the middle of a water damage repair. He offered to send me his resume, I will take a look at it soon. Then it struck me, so I asked him (this general contractor from Southern California). How did you get my name?
I don’t know why I didn’t ask earlier. How did this contractor from San Diego get my name and number in Placerville? So he says that he searched on Google for general contractors in Placerville, and my name was at the top of the list. Of course I had to verify myself on a computer later tonight. Sure enough there it was Tromler Construction, top of 21, 600 results. WOW!
I am very grateful to be a working General Contractor here in Placerville, and look forward to new opportunities in the future.
The weather has been extreme lately, many trees were damaged or lost in recent storms. Tromler Construction recently had to do some major tree removal from an apartment community in the Cameron Park. At the apartment communitya large oak tree, estimated to be 80 or 90 years old, had fallen. It was a very large oak tree. No other property was harmed but the fallen oak tree needed to be cut up, chipped, hauled, and split. We could handle most of the work ourselves, but the size of the tree made it impossible to complete without an expert tree service.
The guys were knowledgable, and well equiped do handle this oak tree and get the job done for us at a very reasonable cost. Once everything was cut up, they even were equipped to split all the wood. As a general contractor, I can really appreciate this kind of workmanship by these hard-working gentlemen. They were well behaved, thorough, clean and efficient. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of tree trimming, and removal.
I put together a little video of them at work, keep them in mind for your next tree project – large or small.
Uncommon General Contractor in Placerville, CA