Contractors / By Anne Zhou / October 4, 2016
Meet the Contractor: Scott
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 Scott!
Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I’m from Queens originally, and I live on Long Island now. I’ve been in construction for roughly 15 years.
How did you get into construction?
I started as a mortgage broker, became a real estate appraiser, and then I switched to general contracting, and kind of put everything together.
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is someone who communicates a lot and trusts my expertise so that when I talk about what’s going on behind the walls or on the job, they believe and trust what I’m doing as well as being understanding and communicative about what we’re dealing with.
What do you love most about construction?
What is the biggest challenge for you guys renovating in New York?
I think it’s all the other things, not the renovation and the skill of the labor. It’s more the traffic, getting to jobs, the appointments, the back-and-forth for customer service and all the phone calls. It’s a lot.
What do you like about Sweeten? How has it helped with your business?
I’ve been saying to everybody Sweeten is like a virtual salesman for me. It enables me to reach clients and affords me more time elsewhere to manage a job or to sell another job. I have a relationship with the client right off the bat because they’ve spoken to Sweeten folks already.
What do you think is the biggest misconception homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
That they can’t afford it.
Favorite New York City building?
The World Trade Center — now, the Memorial.
Favorite New York City neighborhood?
Bayside, since I’m from there.
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