Q: Is A Master’s Hands, LLC Insured?
A: Yes, we are insured by Colorado Casualty Insurance, with up to $2,000,000 in liability insurance. If required, you can obtain a Certificate of Insurance by calling Jo Cothran of the Orcutt Insurance Group, at 303-233-2828.
Q: Is A Master’s Hands, LLC Licensed?
A: Yes, we are a licensed business located in Littleton, CO. We are registered with the Federal government, and also with the State of Colorado. Many of the skills/services we provide do not require a specific license in CO, but we do have a residential contractors license (Class-C General Contractor), and we’re an EPA Certified Renovator. We also have a number of other field related certifications and strive to maintain and build our skills through continuing education. For example, our founder is also a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer. We also have business partners who hold state licenses in specific trade areas, including licensed master electrician and licensed master plumber.
Q: Is A Master’s Hands, LLC a member of the Better Business Bureau?
A: Yes, we are an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), with an unblemished record, and “A” rating. We’re also members in good standing of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the West Chamber, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
Q: Why should I do business with A Master’s Hands, LLC?
A: We seek to serve each of our clients “As Unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23-24)…by striving to do all things with a servant heart. We are men of integrity who are honest, reliable, respectful and kind. We don’t smoke, use foul language, play loud music, or wear inappropriate clothing on the job site. We earn our clients’ respect and trust. This is why many of our clients call when they’re planning to be on vacation… they give us their “punch list” of work items to be done, and give us their keys and garage codes so we have access to the property and can complete the list before they return. We realize it takes a long time to build/earn a solid reputation and are proud of ours.
Q: What if I can find cheaper laborers on-line? Will you price match?
A: We believe our differentiator is not price – rather, it’s value, quality and reliability. We know we’re not the least expensive workers in this market, nor are we the most expensive, or anywhere close. The largest providers of handyman services in the metro area are franchise operations that all charge significantly more than we do (typically $85/hour, plus trip charges). We don’t believe we’ve ever lost business to any of these companies, because we have more to offer our clients – specifically a trust-based relationship. In our experience, we’re also more affordable than franchise operators, since we don’t pay franchise and operating fees, and also don’t pay the high-priced advertising costs they incur. Compared with the many small independent handyman contractors out there, we have a larger team with more experience, allowing us to handle multiple jobs concurrently, so we can respond to our clients calls more promptly. All of our workers are insured, have their own tools, and are authorized and documented to work in the US. A Master’s Hands, LLC strives to deliver the best service to our clients. When you do business with us, we procure the products and materials required for your job, then we perform the work to build/install everything, per your requirements. If there are products (e.g. garage door openers, sprinkler system controllers, wireless LAN routers, etc.) that we install, we will perform all required setup, and then ensure you’re educated on the product’s proper usage. If there are ever any workmanship issues, we will come back and address them at no cost to you, as warranty work. We offer a 1-year workmanship warranty. However, we do not price match – we feel that our rates are fair and we do everything we can to ensure we deliver a fair value to our clients.
Q: What are your rates?
A: On hourly work billed on a T&M basis, for basic electrical*, basic plumbing* and simple HVAC work, our residential rate is $55/hour. For most other residential work, our rate is $45/hour. Commercial rates are higher, as are rates for work that must be performed at night, on weekends or holidays. We bill an hour of work as a minimum even if the technician completes the work in less time since we can’t afford to dispatch a field technician for less than an hour of billable time. Subsequent labor (past the first hour) is billed in quarter-hour increments. Also see below regarding trip charges, which apply on jobs with less than 3 hours of billable time. Please call our office for more details, and see notes below.
Q: Will you provide fixed bids for your work?
A: Yes, we’re glad to provide written proposals, including Terms and Conditions and signature pages, on a fixed-bid basis, for larger jobs such as kitchen and bath remodels, basement finishes, etc. Our technicians may also, at their discretion, provide fixed bids on smaller jobs and write them up on a Statement-of-Work form while they’re on-site for clients who prefer a fixed bid rather than to receive an invoice for the technician’s time and any materials purchased by A Master’s Hands. Please note that any time our technician needs to source and purchase materials and supplies is billable. AMH is a “preferred provider” at Home Depot and Lowe’s, and on time-and-materials based projects we pass our contractors’ discount on to you.
Q: What about trip charges?
A: Normally, for work that’s 3 hours or less in billable time, we include a $50 trip charge. On longer jobs, the trip charge may be waived. For clients who are located in our immediate area (SW Littleton), at our discretion we may elect to waive the trip charge on smaller jobs, depending on the response time required and our work schedule. However, trip charges normally apply on all jobs of less than 3 hours. For on-site estimates or work outside the Denver Metro area, (such as the mountain communities, Erie, Castle Rock, etc.), a trip charge will apply.
Q: I hear both terms used… what’s the difference between a bid and an estimate?
A: We seek to educate our clients on many topics, including the distinctions between estimates, quotes, bids, etc. A bid (a fixed price agreement) includes a detailed statement of work, with a fixed price attached… a price for which the contractor agrees to perform the stated scope of work. The benefit to a client is that they can know up-front what the job will cost, with a high degree of confidence that the job will not exceed that amount, except when change orders apply. Unless unforeseen issues arise (e.g. mold or rot discovered inside a wall when it’s opened up for other work), the total cost is known up-front. If the contractor completes the work more quickly than expected, the fixed price still applies. If the contractor works more slowly and it takes longer than expected, the fixed price still applies. Sometimes work that’s based on a bid tends to put the contractor and client in an adversarial relationship when the client wants to add to or modify the scope of work. Technically such modifications to the SOW would be recognized as changes in scope or change orders, with associated changes or additions to the bid price. This sometimes makes for a complicated process.
In contrast, estimates are simply that – they are an educated and calculated estimate of the total cost for a statement of work, based on how long we believe the job will take to complete and the cost of materials required. After a job is estimated, if the work takes less time than anticipated, our invoice will reflect that – and we would bill our client less than the estimated cost. If it takes longer than expected, the invoice will reflect that as well. On an estimated job, if the client asks for changes in scope while we’re working, we simply say “yes sir/ma’am,” and explain the expected impact on the cost of the total job, then keep working to get the job done as efficiently as possible. No haggling over the change in scope and impact on a previously agreed fixed price. Both methods have their advantages, and we operate both ways.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: We accept personal checks, bank checks (cashier’s checks, certified checks), traveler’s checks, money orders, and secure electronic funds transfers (EFTs) to us from a client’s bank via Intuit’s network. A link to make an EFT payment is provided on each client invoice. We don’t allow our team members (field technicians) to handle any payments (checks or cash), so we ask all clients to mail checks to our office, arrange for an EFT, or meet one of our owners if a cash payment is preferred. We are not set up to receive payment via credit cards, nor do we have any financing plans available. Our invoices are “due and payable-in-full on receipt”. Thus, we expect payment in full on delivery of any invoice.
Q: What sets you apart from other companies in the same industry?
A: Several things. First, we’re a one-call solution, which is very important to many of our clients because they can make a single call and have us respond with technician(s) who can address most or all of the work that client needs. Second, we have been recognized repeatedly for excellence in our work and in customer service. Examples, which are posted on our home page, include Business of the Year, and the 2013 Golden Ethics in Business award.
*AMH utilizes licensed plumbers and licensed electricians who are business partners to assist in various projects, where appropriate / required. When the work requires licensed tradesmen, the hourly rates will be higher.