Manners: My preferred clients are; intelligent, thoughtful, and considerate. If you leave me a voicemail message, AND YOU DO NOT TELL ME YOUR NAME, I probably will not return the call.
The office number is: 224-616-2179
For Assembly projects, if at all possible, please provide the brand name and model number. Once I have this, I can usually get my hands on a PDF manual. I can look that over and come up with an estimate for time and money. My jobs are generally by the "Project". If I estimate 4 hours, I will tell you 4 hours. However, if it takes me 3 hours, or 8 hours, the fee is the same. It is not our policy to low-ball bid in order to get the job, then ask for money after starting.
Also, having the manual ahead of time enables me to:
See if specialty tools are called for,
Do the assembly out of sequence to save time,
Or make moving the finished project easier,
Be aware of configuration options (i.e. a corner desk can be assembled in a left or right configuration)
In some cases, I will print out a manual to bring to the job, because I want two copies of the manual on site.
Reading the assembly instructions and reviews for products and why this is important: It is not policy to gouge clients, neither is it policy to give services away for free.
If I ask a client for specific information about an item to be assembled, and, after downloading and reviewing the instructions, I think it will be very easy, I will advise the client to try it themselves, and reach out to me if they fail.
There have been a number of situations, where I asked for information, the client did not provide it, I made the trip and did the assembly. Even though it was an easy job, I have to charge the quoted price.
Reviews of products need to be looked at. If multiple reviewers are making the same complaint, that is something to think about.
Put My Stupid Thing Together
605 Waukegan Rd., #2D Glenview IL 60025 US
FURNITURE REPAIR: I do not repair high end antiques. For dysfunctional low end furniture; I can usually do some sort of repair to get the item back to functional. I do this as a sideline courtesy to clients who hire me for my other specialties. I travel with assorted clips, screws, brackets, glue, clamps.
PLEASE; if you need this, send me some pictures. For an affordable repair, just about anyone doing this type of service will want a picture. Handymen are not clairvoyant. If I can't do it, or you do not like my price, having pictures to email to any potential repair person will make things go smoother.