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Michal Gerard Construction

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Michal Gerard Construction

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 53 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Shelley T.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

1 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He just covered everything very well. He did the fireplace insertion. He went up on the roof to take pictures for the HOA in order to tell them what needed to be fixed. He was very helpful.

He did what he promised he would do, followed up with us on the work, and was very reliable.

Blanche F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

2 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's dependable, very knowledgeable about his projects, and the job we had him do for us.

I liked that he finished the job correctly and in a timely manner.

Richard P.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

3 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were on time, within budget, and did quality work.

He's very personable. He suggested a cheaper way to do the project which we appreciated.

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Michal Gerard, Owner

Michal Gerard Construction is a full-service construction company that offers new construction, additions and remodels, decks, and project management to residential and light commercial clients in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. The company takes a full-service approach to each project, which allows it to handle everything from the initial designs to the finishing touches.

Owner Michal Gerard credits much of his company’s success to his detail-oriented work style, which he says has allowed him to maintain a loyal clientele base that’s quick to return and recommend him to others. “I place a lot of emphasis on the basics of construction, and that means paying attention to details from the ground up. My customers really appreciate that type of focus because they know they’re getting the best possible products.”

Michal Gerard Construction is known for its environmentally-friendly approach to construction. “I’m a Green-oriented person, so I take the time to reuse and repurpose materials, use Green products, and recycle debris,” says Mr. Gerard. “These things are important for reducing my negative impact on the environment.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Michal Gerard Construction

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Service AREA

Monterey County
Santa Cruz County
Santa Clara County

SERVICES PERFORMED

New Construction
Additions
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling
Decks

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON Michal Gerard Construction

Company Profile

Michal Gerard Construction is a full-service construction company that offers new construction, additions and remodels, decks, and project management to residential and light commercial clients in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. The company takes a full-service approach to each project, which allows it to handle everything from the initial designs to the finishing touches.

Owner Michal Gerard credits much of his company’s success to his detail-oriented work style, which he says has allowed him to maintain a loyal clientele base that’s quick to return and recommend him to others. “I place a lot of emphasis on the basics of construction, and that means paying attention to details from the ground up. My customers really appreciate that type of focus because they know they’re getting the best possible products.”

Michal Gerard Construction is known for its environmentally-friendly approach to construction. “I’m a Green-oriented person, so I take the time to reuse and repurpose materials, use Green products, and recycle debris,” says Mr. Gerard. “These things are important for reducing my negative impact on the environment.”

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Company Philosophy

"My goal on every project is simple: provide quality work at a fair price. I work within my clients' dreams, ideas, and budgets to add to the value and enjoyment of their homes. By utilizing my experience, craftsmanship and practicality, I'm able to come up with creative solutions for every job."

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Comparative Summary

Maintaining customer satisfaction is a crucial aspect of any business, but it’s even more important for remodeling contractors that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award. For Michal Gerard Construction, the key to achieving and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is simple: take a detail-oriented approach to each project and focus on providing quality throughout every phase of work. “I pay attention to detail from the ground up,” says owner Mike Gerard. “My goal is to provide high-quality, detail-oriented work at a fair price.”

Michal Gerard Construction is a full-service construction company that has been offering new construction, remodeling, and project management services to residential and light commercial clients in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties since 1986. The company’s full-service approach to construction allows its clients to rest assured that all phases of their projects will be handled in a competent and professional way, backed by a track record of many years of experience and customer satisfaction.

Unlike remodeling contractors that rely on foremen or employees to manage quality control, Mike personally supervises every job. “I’m onsite to supervise and coordinate the work, as well as to make sure everything is going smoothly and being done correctly,” he says. “I work with a team of proven subcontractors who have worked with me for many years, and they’ve all been chosen for their skills, high level of service, and attention to detail.”

Another distinguishing attribute of Michal Gerard Construction is its ability to take on unusual projects that many contractors don’t have the inclination or experience to handle. “I take pride in providing building services that fulfill my clients’ needs,” says Mike. “I’ve done off-grid site development, power systems, construction work that was miles from the end of the pavement, remodels on the fifth floor of a high-rise in downtown San Jose, and everything in between.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How soon can you start my project?

A: As soon as the project is properly planned. I try to start projects as soon as possible, but I don’t overbook my schedule so I can make sure each project gets the attention it needs to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Q: Are you usually able to stick to your project timelines?

A: Time is of the essence on every project. Construction projects can be complex and involve many relationships, schedules, and other factors, which is why communication, flexibility and compromise are an inherent part of every job.

Q: Do you provide design services?

A: I work with many professionals, including designers, draftsmen and permit processors. I’m used to working with professionally generated blueprints, as well as sketches done on napkins.

Q: Can I achieve the results I want within my budget?

A: With the right attitude, prioritizing, and planning, much can be accomplished. A no-obligation consultation will usually let both of us know if the budget and expectations are compatible.

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Michal Gerard: A Bigger Wave

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SOQUEL — While many contractors first get involved with the trade because of an interest in the work or to follow in their parents’ footsteps, Michal Gerard says his initial motivation was to fund his primary passion: surfing. “As a young man in my 20s, the only place I wanted to be was out catching waves,” he remembers. “I figured construction work would be seasonal and allow me plenty of time off to go surfing. It didn’t quite work out the way I had it in my head—instead, I got busy and stayed busy!”

Today, as owner of Michal Gerard Construction, Michal says one of his favorite parts of the job is taking on daily challenges. “I enjoy solving the various problems that come up every day with construction work, as well as the challenges that come with maintaining relationships with my clients. Between the actual work and the customer service end, my line of work is never boring.”

A lifetime resident of the Monterey area, Michal grew up in Watsonville before later settling in Soquel, where he says he enjoys the weather, the environment and, of course, the close proximity to the ocean. While he doesn’t surf as much as he did in his younger years, Michal still engages in plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking at Nisene Marks State Park and canoeing in the Monterey Bay. He also appreciates the variety of local culture. “I enjoy the range of options we have here in terms of food and entertainment. There are a lot of world class performers who come through, so it’s just a fun place to be.”

In reference to a professional philosophy, Michal says performing quality workmanship furnishes its own rewards. “I don’t do this just to make a living—I do it because I get a lot back on many different levels. The main reward I get is the satisfaction of a job well done. That’s why, whenever I build something, I’m equally concerned with the structural details as I am with the way it looks on the outside.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Michal says he’d pursue his dream of being a sustainable farmer. “I’d like to live a more ‘close to earth’ existence. I enjoy living outside of mainstream consumer society as much as possible, and I think being more self-sustaining by growing my own food would enable me to take things to the next level.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Surfing off the coast of Mexico during a big swell.

Q: What was your first pet?
A: A terrier named Annie.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sunrise Cafe in Soquel.

Q: What’s your favorite smell?
A: Star jasmine—it’s a large vine with aromatic flowers.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Toast.

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Expert articles
  • The Importance of Controlling Groundwater

    SOQUEL — One of the most overlooked sources of potential damage to a home is inadequate soil drainage. When water is allowed to collect around the perimeter of a home, it can lead to numerous problems, including foundation settlement, termite infestation and the growth of harmful fungi like dry rot. As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do to protect your investment is control the groundwater outside of your house.

    There are a few proactive steps you can take to control exterior groundwater. One is to avoid situating plants right next to your home’s foundation or attaching planter boxes to your home’s exterior. Even more important is to make sure the ground outside your home is properly graded, which will cause water to run away from the foundation rather than collect around it. Taking these and similar measures to control groundwater will help you safeguard the structural integrity of your home and avoid costly repairs.

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  • Video: Controlling Groundwater Around Your Home

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    SOQUEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: In caring for your property, it’s important to control groundwater to prevent damage to your home. Today, we’re in Soquel with Diamond Certified Expert Michal Gerard of Michal Gerard Construction to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Michal Gerard: The most important thing a homeowner can do to protect their investment is to control the groundwater around the perimeter of the house. This includes not planting plants right next to the foundation, not attaching planter boxes to the house and making sure the ground is sloped away from the house a minimum of five feet.

    This prevents water from collecting next to the foundation and into the crawl space providing a source of water for termites and rotting the framing.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top-rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
Helpful Expertise i

Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

Company Credentials i
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  • License Verification
  • Business Practices
  • Current Complaint File
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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 53 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
Michal Gerard Construction : Average 9.2 out of 10 based on 53 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Shelley T.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

1 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He just covered everything very well. He did the fireplace insertion. He went up on the roof to take pictures for the HOA in order to tell them what needed to be fixed. He was very helpful.

He did what he promised he would do, followed up with us on the work, and was very reliable.

Blanche F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

2 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's dependable, very knowledgeable about his projects, and the job we had him do for us.

I liked that he finished the job correctly and in a timely manner.

Richard P.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

3 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were on time, within budget, and did quality work.

He's very personable. He suggested a cheaper way to do the project which we appreciated.

Merideth B.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

4 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was professional, knowledgeable, and fair.

He was easy to work with.

Ann O.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

5 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would recommend them.

I thought they were competent.

Emma S.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

6 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Just that they are extremely professional.

He did what he said he would do and he did it on time.

Kevin J.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

7 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

It was quality work at a good price.

He did what he said he would do and I am very satisfied.

Paula C.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

8 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would highly recommend him as a contractor.

He is honest, straightforward, and does a great job.

Bill J.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

9 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're fair and honest.

They're fair, honest, and prompt.

Victoria F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

10 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He did a great job.

He's a hard worker, he was punctual, and he seemed knowledgeable.

Tracy R.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

11 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have great communication, quality work, and a competitive price.

He was knowledgeable.

Karen R.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

12 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were fast, qualified, and nice.

I liked the speed of their completion.

June F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

13 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I think he's dependable, priced fairly, and he does quality work.

I think he's dependable, priced fairly, and he does quality work. He's a great guy, we got along well, he's done a lot of work for us, and we have enjoyed having him around. He's trustworthy.

David L.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

14 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's a great guy, has great work ethic, he's honest, and just at the top of the list. I'd say anyone would be hard-pressed to find a better guy. He has lots of experience, has a good attitude, and his price is fair. We were having a difficult time trying to solve a particular problem and he didn't give up.

He did a very specific thing for me. I wouldn't use him for a lot of other things, but if I needed a contractor, I would consider Mike. He's been in the business for so long, he's seen everything, and that makes him a great general contractor. He's great at organizing and supervising his workers. He knows the business and he gets it done.

Bobbie C.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

15 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I used them for such a limited thing, installing a gas fired fireplace, and I could comment on that, but nothing beyond that.

He was very open in answering questions I had and he was great at explaining the process. He was punctual and got the work done.

Blanche F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

16 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very good. The work is excellent and he was very efficient.

I liked that he was always honest in answering my questions.

Ruth B.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

17 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is an honest guy who knows his business.

Honesty

Patti P.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

18 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very good at what he did, but I would recommend my other guy.

He showed up on time, he answered the phone, and he did a good job. His prices were reasonable and I couldn't ask for anything more.

Merideth F.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

19 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He did a good job. I felt that I could trust him, so I'll use him again.

He was trustworthy, responsive, and timely. I am satisfied.

Rainer H.

VERIFIED Michal Gerard Construction CUSTOMER

20 of 53

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They gave good advice about what to do and they were flexible and accommodating. They did a very good job.

That you can work with them

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