Simply put, I don’t usually, if ever, recommend people in the trades to friends.
I have had great experiences, and bad ones too, but it seems in the past that every time I have referred someone, things have gone south in the way of pricing or quality of work.
I have worked in property management for about 17 years. I have utilized a variety of companies big and small from craning in air conditioning units on the roof of high rise buildings, to tenants who thought it was a good idea to put kitty litter down a drain 1 too many times. I managed a 400 unit portfolio in aging downtown areas that sprawled from Lansdown and Bloor to Danforth rd in Scarborough. Simply put I have seen and dealt with every property issue you can think of and the companies that serve them
I stumbled upon forge mechanical 2 summers ago when I had an emergency with a simple valve on my gas bbq. Eddy the owner/operator was prompt, personable and affordable. It was a quick interaction but I was left impressed. As this was an emergency, I hadn’t gotten any quotes, the price he threw at me for the simple job was fine even if I was left thinking I could find the work a little cheaper( because I am cheap). He was a nice guy and it was in and out job.
A couple months went buy and I was in process of buying all new appliances. The house I bought came with all old stuff and as they were disgusting, after 2 years it was time. I decided to save by buying all the appliances in one shot.
This time I had 2 others gas
Fitters and Forge come in. My desire was to get rid of electric stove and dryer and replace both with gas. Forge came in 20 percent lower than the next best quote and was far more detailed than both of the other companies. It was a no brainer simply based on price, but I have to say that even if forge was a bit higher than the next guy, I might have chosen them. Eddy was clear, drew me pictures and explained things that in spite of me thinking I knew everything, made it clear I did not. I had just spent 10gs on new everything and I was happy to save some money. The fact that I got exactly what was explained quickly and from someone who seemed to understand what I wanted without me having to know every aspect of gas fitting, was why this company is worth a good review from me. I know what it’s like to need something done and not know all the nuances of that particular job/work.
I felt comfortable sending forge to my grandmother’s house to quote her furnace. she barely speaks a word of English and she loved Eddy. Forge got the job because Nonna loved him, but more importantly because he beat the price of a guy I had do work for me for 7 years, even after slipping the “hey don’t ream my grandmother”.
I can go on about the money I saved and the fact that my neighbor used forge or my grandmother or my brother, but really that is not the true extent of it. Like I said I worked in property management, dealing with difficult tenants and difficult landlords. Being great at what you do these days is not enough, I don’t think it’s ever been enough. Being intuitive, knowledgeable and personable is what makes this company/owner stand out.
Like I said, I don’t do recommendations!but if you are looking for anything related to heating and air, try this company and then msg me to say thank you!