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The deal is struck

We took one more meeting, shook hands, signed, and gave the deposit for the flat roof and terrace work. It will be performed by Jack Finn & Company Building Contractors, LLC, as the new sign coming up on the front lawn will state.

Now, those in town that had some work done on their houses all know Mr. Finn and of Mr. Finn. For the rest of you reading this, trust me, you are not missing much. Basically, during the last real estate heyday, Mr. Finn got a reputation of being pretty much out of the reach for those of us that have budgets. But, from the research I performed, it really wasn't that bad. It looks like he simply performed the best job he could, which at times was as near perfection as construction can be (within budget, no cutting corners, and on time), and was recommended a lot. Judging from the professional manner in which he negotiated with us, his candidness, and numerous unsolicited recommendations we received, we decided that to renovate the best House in town, we should get the best contractor in town.

And, believe it or not, he was not the highest bid we received.


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