Fred Galvez Co

Fred Galvez Co

2 hires on HomeGuide
6 employees
54 years in business

About this pro

50+ years of daily hands on construction work .. possess top notch trade and technical skills .  I work for most government agencies ( federal, state and local throughout Southwestern PA)    I also use my skills to help residential and commercial customers .  My bonded government work is performed under the name investment & enterprise inc for past 50 years .. and my residential work is performed under my own name -  Fred Galvez

I have many 5 star reviews and profiles on Home Advisor and Networx  

I love using my skills to provide top notch work . I am very creative and have gained a wealth of knowledge during my past 50+ continuous years in the trade .  I've thousands of photos of completed jobs and will try to upload some here ! 

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

immediately upon receiving their contact info we send a text or email to them containing 10-20 photos with references of similar completed jobs, then followup with a phone call within 15-30 minutes   

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

50+ years daily hands on work .. earned a PhD in " on thejob " experience   : ) 

Attended many college level evening and correspondence classes to supplement my field experience .. possess PA CDL,  Penn State Horticultural degree , union card ( when needed on government work - earned in 1969) , graduate Chicago Institute of Technology in 1968  ( in materials science , blueprint reading , surveying , construction formulaes and mathmatics , etc )  I'm a lifelong learner , posess two construction patents , enjoy life and what I do  !   I've lectured nationally ( for fun and experience ) on construction innovations ..but mostly I'm just a very good andknowledgable  construction worked who enjoys using his mind and body ~    Call me once you'll see ! 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

umm, this really depends on crew size needed ( one man or six ? )    and the amount of equipment ( if any ) needing assigned to the job ..

How did you get started in this business?

for $ 1 per hour building houses in the summer of 1965 after graduating with honors from Central Catholic High School that year ..  I thought I'd do it to get a nice tan that summer -  now 53 years has passed  !   and I'm trying to get my second 50 years in !! 

What types of customers have you worked with?

individual residences .. Verizon, Gulf Oil , Exxon, Pgh Airport Authority , Allegheny County Comissioners , General Electric, Dept of Energy, US Dept of the Interior , US Army Corps of Engineers , PA Dept of General Services ,  Department of Defense , Pittsburgh Board of Education ,  Pgh HOusing Authority , North Allegheny School District  literally thousands of clients .   After 50 years , now I do this for fun  !   each job poses a challange whether large or small  ! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Umm , 50 years of church volunteering ..

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

talk specifics with the prospective contractor -  check his knowledgability,  give no money up front.. other than maybe 3-5% upon contract signing  , check references ,  go by your gut ,  on contractd over $ 5K dispurse funds following a specific schedule of values based actual work completed and accepted, consider holding back 5% a retainage until final completion  and acceptance .  These are the prudent steps to follow !  If you follow these you minimize your risk .  

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

The homeowner or client should try to prepare a  " scope of work " outline .  The more precise ( at least in their mind ) the better the final outcome is likely to be ..  contingencies and vagueness can lead to fuzzier outcomes .