OK. I'm a real estate agent. And I live in an old wreck that I've been renovating over the years. So if anybody has a great list of plumbers, electricians, carpenters and general contractors, it should be me! Well, not really.
Many of the contractors who have worked on my house were just wonderful. They showed up, did a great job, and were reasonably priced. And I would give their names out - enthusiastically!
Then I would get calls from friends and clients who were using them, and guess what? They were late starting. They were late finishing. They charged three times more than they said they would. And the workmanship? Shoddy! Really, really shoddy!
Oh dear! This is not good! It reflects badly on me and could cost me business in the future!
Some of these guys I really love and understand that there are two sides to every story. Still, there are only two companies that I will recommend wihout reservation - my heating and air conditioning guy and my electrician.
The general conractor who did my bathrooms was a freakin' nightmare. My clients would make up a Pat Kennedy voodoo doll and poke i with pins if I passed on their names.
My plumber was great until I went to use my new shower and realized the temperature contol was set too low. They keep saying they'll fix it and it's been about a year. After doing a lot of really good work on the bathrooms, they screwed it up by an improperly adjustd setting that needs a tool they never have with them to adjust. They're off my list.
The contractor I loved who did my kitchen did a great job then took three months to install my new built-in microwave. Made me a crazy woman.
Another contractor was nasty to a friend who decided to use somebody else. His prices had gone up exponentially since he did some work for another client of mine who loved him.
Now, I rely on Angie's List. It's a membership thing, where subscribers post information about contractors they have used, along with reviews. In the DC area, there are now which contractor names and reviews in this area to be quite useful. And I'm going to start giving it as a housewarming present to my clients.