Meet Sweeten NYC General Contractor Peter
This NYC contractor isn’t done until the customer is satisfied
At Sweeten, the experts in our network are experienced contractors and design pros we’d be thrilled to have working in our own homes. We check their licenses, insurance, quality of work, and customer service skills. Trust and open communication are the lifeblood of our free renovation service, and our personal connection to our experts enables us to match you to the best choices for your project. Here, get to know this NYC contractor’s personality and click to view his portfolio, including photos from past work and client reviews, so that you can hire the right team and renovate with confidence.
Where are you from and how long have you been an NYC contractor?
I am from Astoria, NY and have been in construction for seven years.
How did you get into this industry?
I always bought and sold properties after renovating them. After selling my share of a business in the energy sector, I was approached by a friend to work for his construction company before starting my own.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love designing, enhancing, and seeing a satisfied customer’s face.
What is the biggest challenge about being an NYC contractor?
Dealing with things out of our control is a challenge, such as the lead times on materials and the DOB process. Sometimes the DOB makes errors leading to unexpected delays.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
There’s a misconception around not understanding the budget and the time required to complete a project. Homeowners can also carry with them the memory of a bad experience of a previous contractor who did a poor job.
What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?
Our most important attributes are transparency, managing expectations, communication, and customer service.
What’s the number one thing clients should know before starting a renovation?
Construction is far from perfect but we make up for it through our communication style and how we make adjustments when issues arise.
If clients have questions or concerns, how would you like them to address them?
Quickly and through email, text, phone, or our job tracker application.
What is your favorite project that you’ve done and why?
I renovated a brownstone in Brooklyn where the homeowners were extremely hesitant to hire us because of the cost. It was hard to win them over because of poor experiences they’ve had previously. It was a gut renovation of an entire brownstone and resulted in being a phenomenal showpiece. It was great to see how satisfied they were with their decision and how the space was completed converted.
What is one piece of advice you would give to new general contractors?
Be transparent and really know your craft before making promises that you find out later you can’t keep. This leads to mismanagement of expectations and upset customers.
What is your favorite architectural structure?
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
What is your favorite NYC neighborhood?
What is your favorite NYC restaurant?
If you weren’t an NYC contractor, what would you be doing?
I’d be in real estate.
Click here to see Sweeten general contractor Peter’s work.
Peter has been a Sweeten contractor since August 2021.
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