Looking for a good general contractor in Oakland?

This is a post I have been meaning to write for a very long time, because it is so rare that one finds and works with a good contractor, then when I actually did, I felt obligated in some way to share my experience with others.

laundry-before.JPGExactly one year ago this month Arin and I began our search for a contractor to convert our underutilized laundry room into our new baby room. Our budget made the search difficult. We contacted a number of different contractors to complete an estimate, most of whom walked through the house in less then 5five minutes jotting down a few random notes from time to time. None of them measured a thing. none of them asked me questions about the project. All of the except one.

Enter W. A. Rose of Oakland. From the moment they walked in the door, they stood out: they took their time. They measured. They asked me what types of fixtures I wanted on the doors. They asked me what types of doors I wanted. They took copious notes the whole time. And then they asked if they could bring a few more people to come in during the week to give their estimate on some of the work they wanted to sub-contract out. What a novel idea!

When the estimate finally arrived, I was honestly a bit shocked. It was more than what I expected and more then what I wanted. They came over the next day and walked me through the proposal and helped me find ways to save a significant amount of money. We found ways to scale back and I volunteered to do all the demolition work myself. In the end, we were able to hit our budget and so we decided to proceed.

From that point on it was one pleasant surprise after another. But nothing characterizes why this company stands out more then all the others, then when Arin and I brought up a concern we had over the quality of some of the work that was done. I was actually very anxious about having to criticize their work because the last thing on earth that I wanted was to sow ill will between me and my contractor - something I have learned is an exceptionally bad thing from working with other contractors. But this was something I couldn't ignore, so I called WA Rose.

They came over later that day. I had prepared a huge speech the night before that I was psyching myself up to say as I led them to the back of the house. But I never said a word, they took one look and said, "you're right, this could be so much better. We'll fix this, I'm sorry."

They had managed to say three things I swore I never thought I would ever hear a contractor say, "you're right," "we'll fix this" and "I'm sorry." No guilt, no debate, no worry. Just action. I was speechless.

And that's what it is like working for this company. They really care about their work. It shows in the accurate estimates they prepare, the fact that they begin and finish a job on time, through the professional and polite sub-contractors they work with, and finally their work.

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If you are looking for a general contractor in Oakland to add a room, to do a remodel or to do anything really, then I highly recommend WA Rose. Their prices are fair, and their work stellar.

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What a glowing recommendation! Perhaps you could help them out with that 0-star, 1996-era Web site of theirs in exchange for further work on the house. :) I do like how their URL looks like "Waro Seco." I think that will be a character name in my next work of fiction...

I found a great contractor online at www.handyamerican.com, the site was helpful in finding a contractor in my area. I posted my job and contractors in my area contacted me by email. I set-up an appointment with a few contractors and found a wonderful company to complete my project. They also have articles and tips for hiring a contractor that were also helpful.

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  • I found a great contractor online at www.handyamerican.com, the site was helpful in finding a contractor in my area. I posted my job and contractors in my area contacted me by email. I set-up an appointment with a few co...

  • What a glowing recommendation! Perhaps you could help them out with that 0-star, 1996-era Web site of theirs in exchange for further work on the house. :) I do like how their URL looks like "Waro Seco." I think that will...

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