What others say about Fred Ford & A2Z Home Improvements
A2Z repaired the dry rot on the foundation of the house as well as inside dry rot by the front door, rebuilt two exterior walls severely damaged by termites, rebuilt an exterior wall that had virtually no framing, replaced all the old siding with hardibacker (making the house virtually waterproof), replaced all the windows and sliding glass doors in the house, installed a new front door, replaced all the exterior lights, fixed some “funky” ugly outside plumbing pipes, installed vents in the attic, and painted the exterior of the house.
The work went beautifully! Fred Ford, the owner of A2Z, came out, took a look at the work that needed to be done and gave me an estimate. The estimate was not only lower than the previous two estimates I had gotten, but also included Fred’s obtaining the necessary permits (of the other two, one had not even mentioned a permit, the other had told me a permit was “optional” and I could get one or not, as I chose). I originally had planned only to have the dry rot repaired and part of the siding replaced with hardibacker. Fred offered to replace one of the sliding glass doors for free if I wanted to purchase it. Since the existing door was single paned, I decided to have it replaced. Then I decided it would be foolish to have just the slider replaced without replacing the window as well. One thing led to another and resulted in my having all the windows replaced with energy efficient double-paned windows. (The existing windows had been “jury rigged” with double windows whose sole function seemed to be to provide homes for spiders and were impossible to clean.) I also had the existing sliding glass doors replaced.
Many of the outside lights did not function. Fred removed the ones I didn’t want and fixed the wiring on the ones I did want (many of which did not turn on). On one of the walls he had to rebuild because of termite damage, Fred installed a larger window than had been there before. This involved inside drywall work. The wall the outside pipes had been on was also damaged by water. Fred also replaced the drywall on that side of the house. He textured the new drywall to match the existing drywall. It looks beautiful!
As the crew worked, they repaired the previous contractor’s shoddy work. At each stage, Fred made sure I was happy with the progress and what they were doing.
Fred is a meticulous worker. If one of his crew did some work that didn’t quite meet his standards, Fred would have him tear it out and replace it to higher standards and explain why the new way of doing things was better than the way it had been. When the county inspector came out to check his work, he was very impressed. Many of the elements Fred had installed were new to the inspector, but the inspector admitted it was an improvement over the “old” way.
Although (or because) he is an exacting boss, Fred’s crew enjoy working with and for him. They know they can take pride in the work they do. I had a roofer come out and give me an estimate for the roof who tried to hire Fred’s foreman away from him. Jesse told the person, “Nope. It wouldn’t be like working for Fred.”
There is not room enough to detail all the structural omissions and things that were “wrong” with the house: Framing was “pieced” together or completely lacking in some areas; headers over doors and windows were missing or were sub-standard. Fred fixed it all as he went along. Painting seems like a simple job, but it isn’t. There are many details that make or break a paint job. Fred and crew took care with all the detail work, asking me how I wanted something finished and explaining why they were doing things a certain way, making sure I was happy with the results. I am thrilled with how my house looks! It looks like a new house!Lelia P.
We cannot say enough good things about Fred Ford and A2Z Home Improvements. We have worked with a few repairmen/workmen, and always found some things just not quite right. Fred is honest, hardworking, and reliable. It’s not often in this day and age you find this kind of person. You just don’t have to worry. Fred will do the job right without cutting corners. He will get all the details right and clean up everything when he is done. I was so impressed and I don’t say that very often. Call him now if you have been putting off that big project or have several small “around the house” projects.Tom & Cassie D
I don’t normally write reviews, but A2Z Home Improvements, who I hired to repair dry rot on the exterior of my stucco home, so impressed me that I needed to do this. Here is what I got.
1. A free estimate
2. Detailed explanation of what they were going to do.
3. A fair competitive price.
4. On time start time at job site every day.
5. Job site cleaned up after each date of work.
6. Restoring the look of my house to original after major work.
Fred Ford and his crew are professional and thorough. I could not be more pleased. (5 stars) I will call him again for future projects.
The quality of work far exceeded our expectations. We had a dry rot problem and wanted to change out our single pane windows, for new dual pane windows. Fred was ready for every challenge we could throw at him. We got all of our wood siding replaced with Hardy Backer Cement siding and we love it! After installing the windows and painting the whole house, it is like we have a brand new home.
One of the things I really appreciated is that when we had questions and concerns, he took the time to listen to us and respond with details that helped us understand and make informed decisions. You don't often find workers that are true to their word and knows how to listen to the customer. We were very impressed.
Fred and his team went above and beyond! Amazing attention to detail. We look forward to having Fred back out for our next project.
I hired Fred do a couple small jobs for me about a year ago, and he did a fantastic job. I was very impressed with his professional attitude and his attention to detail. He took the time to do the job right. This year, I had him paint my house and repair some dry rot. I have had people paint previous houses for me, but none helped me to select colors. Fred and his lovely daughter came to my house with the color wheel and helped me to pick out few color themes. He painted the sample colors on my wall to let me choose. When I did not “love” the colors I chose, he painted more samples until I found colors I “loved.” Fred is dependable, honest and knowledgeable about his work. I probably could have gotten the job done for a little less but with Fred, I have peace of mind knowing that the job was done right with quality. The house color turned out beautiful like he promised. His team was friendly and cleaned up when the job was done. I will call Fred first from now on. Fred is reliable and professional which is hard to come by these days. Thank you Fred.Tammy L.
Fred did a great job painting the trim on my house. Now house is sealed and painted ready for winter weather. Very professional. Will use again and recommend to friends and family.Jerry S.