I began looking for a general contractor to repair a sagging sub-floor and replace some rotting exterior trim in late March, 2012. I began by contacting Vincent Abell Contracting. Brad Abell came out within a few days of our phone call and provided a quote within approximately 10 working days. Wanting to compare competitive quotes, I then reached out to two other well-regarded contractors on Angie's list. While the next contractor was quick to respond with a site visit, it took multiple follow up calls to get an actual quote. I ended up with a quote for half the necessary repairs 5 weeks later at a cost of $1,000 more than Brad's quote for all repairs needed. With two quotes in hand with such a huge disparity in cost, I decided to reach out to a third contractor. These guys came out within a day or two...and then NEVER provided a quote, even after multiple calls on my part over a six-week period. Around early July, I decided to stop trying to get an apples-to-apples comparison and just decided to move forward with Brad w/ VAC. It was the right decision even if I wasted almost three months trying to collect other quotes. It did take several months to pin Brad down on a time to begin the work needed, but that was understandable given that he had already committed to several other lengthy jobs. I can say with 100% certainty, it was worth the wait. Vincent himself and two other gentlemen began work on my subfloor in October, which only took two days. In all, the crew replaced roughly half of the subfloor in my living room and reinforced one of the floor joists. They took great care to hang a plastic sheet over the two large entrances into the room overnight so that dust, critters from the crawl space, etc. didn't venture into the rest of the house. Vincent explained the work he and his team were doing and why it was necessary. I never got the impression he was trying to cut any corners or was in a huge hurry to be finished. When the job was complete, I received an invoice for the amount quoted in the original proposal. Brad and I agreed the second half of the job -- the exterior trim work -- could wait several weeks and work began on it between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two gentlemen came out to tear out and replace 5-6 areas of rotting wood. One place was so bad, in fact, that additional structural repairs were necessary. They were able to make these repairs -- which I witnessed before and after -- at a very reasonable additional charge given that this work was not part of the scope of the original quote. The work was complete in approximately a day and a half. A few days later, while tearing out some carpeting, my wife and I noticed water stains under a bay window in our dining room. We then examined the trim on the outside of the bay window, which is typically hidden behind several large hedges. There were an additional 4-5 spots that were in dire need of trim replacement. I was very pleased that, upon appealing to Brad to send the same guys out again to make the repairs, he was more than willing to make the additional repairs even though I had already confirmed all the necessary work had been completed. Brad acted in "good faith" and I think that kind of integrity goes a long way in the contracting field. There's a strong possibility we'll be either repairing or replacing our deck in 2013. I will NOT be seeking out bids on this job. After this most recent work, I trust Brad and Vincent. I think I'll just stick with these guys.