|Posted on April 19, 2017 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
APRIL 10, 2017
Meet Annette Mathis of Contractors Are Us in East Los Angeles
Today we’d like to introduce you to Annette Mathis.
Annette, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Contractors Are Us opened our doors on January 1st, 2014. I was a duct cleaning contractor. I have run a couple of other companies in the last 18 years so I had a large list of contractors. Customers had started coming to me and asking for help locating reliable, responsible contractors. I found there was a real need for this service.
Finding dependable contractors proved to be a hard thing to do. I have spent that last couple of years fine tuning how we should operate. Who we should use and who we should not. I think we have a pretty good system in place now.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m sure for all new business owners there are obstacles that stand in the way.
– Money to support and grow the activity
– Money to survive
But I think that one of the biggest obstacles would be how to find reliable responsible contractors to work with. I have gone through an enormous number of contractors. But I have learned to keep an eye out for red flags.
Some big red flags would be:
– A contractor who is unwilling to communicate regarding a job
– If a contractor has had multiple businesses and changed the contractor’s license over to another name more than once. You need to look at the old license, old name. Do an online search to see why they changed names.
– ANY mark on their license. You cannot have a mark on your license and be one of our contractors.
Another obstacle was overcoming the bad taste contractors and customers alike had in their mouth for companies similar to mine. I have personally had the experience on the contractor’s side.
Companies would send out a job to a large number of contractors and expect to be paid for the lead. On the contractor’s side, they would pay for the lead and have to rush to call the job because it was possible a large number of other people would be calling as well. On the customers side they would receive a good amount of calls. The contractors may have been vetted originally to verify they are licensed insured contractors but there was no one to make sure the contractor has actually done what they said they would do.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Contractors Are Us is a contractor Liaison Service, which means we are the middle guys to make sure everything goes well from the quoting of the job to the completion of it.
We have just about any type of service you are looking for. From a Plumber to a General to a Duct Cleaner, Heating/Air Conditioning, Landscaping, and Restoration…… the list could go on. If more than one quote for a service is needed we do have multiple contractors for the same service. A customer can request up to 3 quotes. We work with every type of industry from Residential to Commercial to Industrial.
I like to think of us as a community of ethical contractors that a customer and a contractor alike can feel safe working with.
We consider ourselves a one stop service company. If a contractor cannot do the full service we have someone else who can step in to help with projects. A customer is never left to try and figure out what to do on a project. As an example, we have an HVAC company who called to say that they had found asbestos on a job. We had an asbestos company come out to deal with the issue and someone take care of the repairs after the work had been completed. The customer was kept informed the entire way through and was never just left to figure out what to do next. These types of situations can be scary and it’s nice to have someone you can depend on to help you through it.
We have a section on our website where we ask our contractors to tell us something about their company that sets them apart from other contractors similar to theirs. I invite you to have a look. There are some great responses.
We started here in the LA area. We now cover a good majority of Southern California and are expanding in Northern California. We have had requests for our services in other states but we are not quite ready for this as of yet. But hopefully soon!
Jeff Mathis is the Northern California Branch Manager
Mark Hernandez is the Southern California Branch Manager
And I am in charge of Customer/ Contractor Relations
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I definitely consider LA a good place to start a business. Laws are strict. But if you work within the legal limits of the law, offer a phenomenal product and operate in a good ethical manner there is enough work out there for everyone.
My favorite section of my website is what sets us apart. I ask all of my contractors this. What would make someone want to use you? Why are you different from all of the other businesses who do the same service as you do? I don’t want to work with some company who does not value what they have to offer. This helps them to have a hard look at who they are as a company.
• Address: Los Angeles CA 90063
• Website: contractorsareus.org
• Phone: 323-282-0537 / 323-915-0430
• Email: contractorsareus.org
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contractorsareus/
|Posted on May 23, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Here at Contractors Are Us we are proud to feature a brand new company to our family of Contractors. The new company that we are speaking of is called Foundation Technology. Foundation provides services such as Seismic Retrofitting, Foundation repair, and crack injection. As well as other needs along those lines! If you have a need for this type of service along then we now have a top expert in the field. So call now and lets get your foundation needs taken care of today! Ask for Annette @ 323-282-0537
|Posted on January 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
The storms are no longer coming...They are here! How is your roof or gutter system holding up? Noticed any puddles in your living room. When you walk outside do you have to run past your front porch to avoid the downpour coming down out of your gutter system? If so you need to contact Contractors Are Us and get one of our experts out there to handle your situation before any real damage occurs. We have the best contractors in the field to keep you warm and dry! Ask for Annette @ 323-282-0537
|Posted on January 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Yayyyy! Happy 2016! Here we are a new year with possible new beginnings or new surroundings. At Contractors Are Us we are dedicated to helping you create the perfect surroundings in your home or business. Landscaping, gutter cleaning, new construction, or remodeling. You name the need and we have the right contractor for the job! So call now and let us help you make this a beautiful new year! Ask for Annette @ 323-282-0537
|Posted on December 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
Well 2016 is just days away now and with the New Year comes New Years resolutions! Maybe in 2016 your resolution is to expand or beautify your home or business. Could be an extra bathroom, maybe change the landscape and boost curb appeal, or just a remodel to freshen the way things look in your surroundings. No matter what the need, Contractors Are Us has the right contractor for the job. So call now and make your 2016 resolution a reality! Ask for Annette @ 323-282-0537
|Posted on December 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
This time of year we all are running our heaters pretty regularly. Its cold! And could be you have a touch of whats going around and you are feeling a bit under the weather. It may be due in part also to dirty heating vents. Over time the ductwork that carries your air throughout your home become dirty and can make you feel ill.This is caused by the dirt particles and germs flying through the air from your heating ducts. At Contractors Are Us we have the best Contractors in the field for cleaning and disinfecting your heating system. So call now and dont let a dirty duct system bring down your Christmas cheer this year! Ask for Annette @ 323-282-0537
|Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM||comments (1)|
Summer time is the best time for backyard BBQ's, family gatherings, and sunny outdoor parties.Does your landscape need attention? We have experts in the field of landscaping ready to go and help turn your yard into a place you will be proud to show off at parties all summer long. Call now and lets get started. Ask for Annette 323-282-0537.
|Posted on May 12, 2015 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
The need for good quality contractors is constantly growing in our field. We here at Contractors Are Us are always on the lookout for a contractor who specialize in their chosen field and who will provide excellent customer service. If you think you have the qualities we are looking for then we urge you to call now and be part of a winning team! Ask for Annette 323-282-0537
|Posted on April 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Have you noticed lately a large build up dust or debris on your vent covers at your home or office? Allergies acting up? Employees constantly coughing or complaining of feeling not well at the workplace? It could be that your air/heating ducts need cleaning. Call Contractors Are Us now and get that cleaning job done and feel healthier today! Ask for Annette 323-282-0537
|Posted on April 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Being A contractor through Contractors Are Us means 3 things. 1.Responsibility: You have a responsibility to keep in contact in regards to the client your dealing with and maintaining a professional job and attitude. 2. Professional pride. A happy client is a returning client. Take pride in the work you do as it reflects on Contractors Are Us as well as on yourself. We are all in the business of customer service. 3. Financial well being. We can all benefit from this if the quality of service is excellent and we keep our clients happy. Do you have what it takes to represent Contractors Are Us? Licensed? Insured? Take pride in your work? Then we need you to call us now. Contractors Are us! Take part in the winning team. Call 323-282-0537. Ask for Annette.