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August 30, 2007

Undertaking Home Improvement

Filed under: Home Improvement,Interior — firstman2006 @ 3:53 pm

Lizzie, my wife and I have started fixing up the house in order to hopefully sell it for a good profit. Selling or renting, we have been waffling between the two. The plan had been to buy another house and rent this one. But somehow, probably when her Lizzie’s pop was in the hospital, the idea of buying a house with an in-law suite was born and soon took on a life unto itself.

So Lizzie went on one of those home improvement referral sites,  and soon she had contractors calling her to give her estimates. One contractor from Boyertown, Luciano Bathrooms I believe, who looks they would do awesome work on remodeling our bathroom, was just way over our price range.  We currently have two contractors doing work on the house.

The first contractor who is from Bizzy Bees Professional Services,  will be starting this weekend, and will be putting a new roof on the garage and a few other minor things.  The second contractor, Solomon Construction Services, out of Pottstown, came in with the low bid, and will be doing the majority of the home improvements.

We gave Randy Nagir, the general contractor our deposit yesterday, and he and two of his workers were here this morning  starting on the kitchen. We emptied out all the cabinets yesterday so that they could take off all  the doors and cabinets to repaint them and put on new hardware.

When Randy, gave us his price, we then met with him to discuss everything he would be doing. I requested several references from him, of which I called and they both said he did an awesome job and would highly recommend him as a contractor.

I did not ask him for his documentation concerning insurance and licensing( his card states that has both).

What Randy will be doing includes but is not limited to.

  • Painting down stairs.
  • resurfacing the hard wood floors down stairs.
  • remodeling the upstairs bathroom to include a new shower, toilet and ceiling, vanity, and bathroom floor.
  • Painting upstairs.
  • Carpet upstairs.
  • painting and putting on finish trim on front porch.

As Randy says, he wants to not just do this job, but wants to be our contractor for life. He is developing a referral business.

Well further postings about our home improvement status will be posted later.



  1. Stumbled across your site, just wondering how your improvements went. How would you rate Solomon’s work and that of the General Contractor Randy?

    Comment by JayGuy128 — January 22, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  2. Sadly we can not give Randy a good report. Heck of a nice guy, means well, but I would not suggest using him if you are planning on staying in the home or if quality is a priority. I guess I need to write another post about that fiasco.

    Comment by firstman2006 — January 22, 2008 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  3. I’d love to hear it. Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by JayGuy128 — January 22, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  4. Oops sorry I forgot all about this site and the review of Solomon Construction. Sadly, I think ours was one of Randy’s last jobs. From what we understand, he is now a used car salesman. But let this be a warning to you. Don’t go for the low ball bid when getting a contractor. Price is not the only thing that matters.

    Comment by firstman2006 — April 26, 2008 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your experience. Low bid is usually that for a reason. We always include a very detailed quote for our clients so they know exactly what they are getting for their money. They appreciate the fact that we are not the cheapest, we would rather walk away then do shoddy workmanship using below standard materials that will only last a short time. Whenever you are remodeling you should think of longevity. We offer innovative solutions that fit your lifestyle and budget.We have been in business since 1986 and bank our reputaion on “quality mastercraftsmanship” as well as cleanliness maintained on the job on a daily basis. We are members of our local association of NAHB, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, Berks Eldercare Network that serves our community. Check us out on the web http://www.helpustayinc.com We offer two divisions one is SHrom’s Remodeling Inc and the other is targeted towards helping people live in their home as long as possible by doing modifications to their home to help them maintain or achieve independence.
    We are a Certified Aging In Place Specialist and are specially trained in helping people of all ages, age in place.
    Good Luck on your future projects and ALWAYS get proof of Liablility insurance as well as many references!!! Ours by the way are outstanding!!

    Comment by Kim — May 19, 2008 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  6. I would not suggest using him if you are planning on staying in the home

    Comment by vansci123 — August 6, 2010 @ 8:00 am | Reply

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