Contractors / By Anne Zhou / May 31, 2016
Meet the Contractor: Nick
Sweeten handpicks the best local general contractors for major renovations. The screening process can be a bit technical (licensing, insurance, references, portfolios, experience and beyond…!) but we love getting to know these experts and want to share their stories with you – where they’re from, what they love most about construction, and what renovation challenges they face. Today, meet Nick!
Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I’m from Greece. I’ve been in the industry for 11 years now and have owned my own company for 3.5 years.
How did you get into construction?
When I first moved to the United States, I started working as a roofer. So my trade — the actual thing I first knew very well how to do was roofing and waterproofing. Then, I got hired by a company to do project management and I worked my way up until I started my own company.
Who is your ideal client?
After all these years in the industry, I really think that the result of the project depends on the client too. If somebody is positive, kind, and willing to listen, I believe that a project can be spotless.
What is the biggest challenge for you guys renovating in New York?
The biggest challenge is time. People that invest in real estate properties and want to rent them out – time means money for them. They can rent it for seven, eight, or ten thousand a month so if we don’t complete the project on time, they are losing money. Finishing the project on time is definitely the biggest challenge.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
When we let owners purchase materials, there are often delays. Let’s say kitchen cabinets… I would say 50% of the time, cabinets come in to the apartment with missing parts. This causes a very big delay and since usually everything is custom made, when somebody orders something else, it probably takes another three weeks to come in. And then the countertop guys want to come and measure… it’s going to take them at least another week to come and install.
Favorite New York City restaurant?
Avra – it’s a seafood restaurant!
Check out Nick’s portfolio!
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