Our Reviews

8/2/2019: My experience with Andy at Bay Area Brace and Bolt was first rate: Great response time Great communication Great assistance with the program Great thorough results All over great experience! Highly recommended!

8/1/2019: It was a pleasure working with Andy and his team. They are professional, courteous, and Andy made the entire process smooth and easy for us. Andy is very responsive in answering our questions and was great to work with from start to finish. I highly recommend this company!

7/28/2019: Thank you Alexander Construction for assisting me through this whole process. Your crew was efficient, courteous and did a great job. Thank you again!

7/26/2019: Our project with Andy at Bay Area Brace and Bolt was exceptional and smoother than any other home improvement project I have been involved with. Communication was clear and quick. Paperwork and actual construction work were both fast and efficient. I really have no complaints from my side!

7/18/2019: Mr. Chattoo was very helpful explaining the process to me, step by step. He was very flexible, to schedule work for my convenience. Due to Mr. Chattoo’s attention to detail, I received my check in a very timely manner. I recommend Mr. Chattoo’s company to anyone who wants to take advantage of CEA’s generous program for seismic retrofitting. Mr. Chattoo and crew were very professional and cleaned up when they were finished. I would definitely hire them again for other projects.

6/13/2019: Perfect experience. Everything went very smoothly and everything from permits to inspectors was taken care of. Andy appeared very honest and didn't try to talk us into additional work beyond what was really necessary.

4/8/2019: Andy Chattoo was great throughout the whole process. I am not a computer oriented person, so he had the extra job of helping me navigate the EBB process. He was always reassuring and keeping me updated about each step. Andy was easy to get in touch with via phone, text or emails, always promptly responding, even if it was to say, can't take now, get back to you in a couple of hours. He was also in constant communication with his crew, which worked diligently and cleaned up afterwards each day.

2/27/2019: We highly recommend Andy and his crew. They did a great job and they are also pleasant to work with. You will not regret calling Bay Area Brace and Bolt!

12/18/2018: All employees of this firm were polite, efficient and informative. They made the whole process easy and seamless.

12/15/2018: Andy was excellent! Kept the process going. Took care of all things that didn't require my participation other than approval. Took care of the permits for us. Efficient and effective. The quality of his work - setup to install to cleanup was great!

12/3/2018: Andy and his guys were awesome. They were timely and proffessional. I love them and their work!

12/3/2018: Mr. Chattoo was professional throughout the experience of retro-fitting my house. He is personable, responsive, thorough and efficient. This has been an experience without stress or inconvenience to me and I recommend him and his company without reservation.

11/28/2018: We picked Bay Area Brace and Bolt for our retrofit from the Contractors list on the EBB website and couldn't be more pleased with the services of Andy Chattoo and his team. They were professional throughout the process. They understood the regulations, were always prompt to respond, and completed the project quickly and neatly.

11/14/2018: Andy from Bay Area Brace and Bolt was the best Contractor I have ever hired for a house project. From the very first time I spoke to him, Andy was honest and professional. Andy was always on time and quickly responded to calls and emails. I highly recommend Bay Area Brace and Bolt for your EBB project.

11/11/2018: Not only was Andy Chattoo and his crew knowledgeable, but they ensured we fully understood ALL the steps, timing, and obligations. H have already recommended Andy to 4 others interested in the program and will probably hire Andy for other construction work in the future. They are caring, make sure you participate in all that is being done, inform of you timetables and requirements, and ensure the job it done superbly.

11/9/2018: Best contractor I ever had!! Andy is very professional and helpful throughout the entire process and I already recommend him to my friends and co-workers for future projects and I will definitely keep his contact for any future construction work for my house!! he is the contractor who you can 100% trust and rely on!

11/3/2018: Bay Area Brace and Bolt did a great job, we would not hesitate to choose them again. Andy Chattoo was great to work with, informative, prompt and fair. He helped us with the EBB on-line program and followed through with the city building permit. Also a really nice person we enjoyed working with.

11/2/2018: Our experience with Bay Area Brace and Bolt was excellent. Andy was so great to work with. Andy was very responsive to our questions and made the project very easy. The work was done quickly and everyone was helpful and professional. We highly recommend Andy and his team at Bay Area Brace and Bolt!

10/31/2018: Andy is a highly hard working contractor. He throughly explained all the details and took time to explain it not once but several times so that I understood the work. His crew team were also reliable and punctual. I would hire him again. Thanks Andy for being such a great person to work with. Bless you and your team. Grace.

10/18/2018: Excellent first contact 8/5 to final approval by EQBB for payment of grant only 51 days. The smooth process, work, all inspections, and performance speak to his competence.

10/12/2018: This outfit is great. Andy is pleasant, personable, knowledgeable, and efficient. He shows up when promised, gets things done quickly, and takes care of everything (permits, inspections, etc.). His price was very reasonable, and he even reminded me as I was writing the check that I was forgetting my 5% seniors/veterans discount.

10/11/2018: Alexander was fabulous! He made the process so simple and easy for me. He gave me a very fair reasonable offer on the job and he handled everything. I had no problems with communication. The crew was fast and clean. I am a single mother and homeowner these things are always a bit nerve racking for me. Alexander is a good honest guy. I would recommend him any time. Thanks, Alex for making this process so easy!!

9/24/2018: They were very professional, did a great job and follow up was excellent. I'll use them for other projects in the future; I was very impressed with them. Andy gave me a good price also based on my being retired.

9/20/2018: Contractor Andy Chattoo was great to work with. He patiently explained the process of B&B program, walked me through the online paperwork, and gave fair and reasonable rates for his work. He and his crew were always on time and did not try and gouge me for additional work that wasn't needed. I would highly recommend him.

9/20/2018: From the very beginning Andy was a friendly and helpful professional. His knowledge and experience in the field truly shines through with his prompt and courteous communications. He guided us through the entire retrofit process and was instrumental in helping us through the EBB program. I highly recommend Bay Area Brace and Bolt and am extremely satisfied with every phase of this project! Thank you Andy, I'd do it all again with you!!

9/8/2018: I found Bay Area Brace and Bolt to be courteous, friendly and very efficient when doing the work. They kept me informed when they could schedule the work. I understand, since I believe they do not have a very large crew. While the before pictures required a retake the rest of the steps, permit, work and inspections went very smoothly.

8/29/2018: Andy was responsive both in coming for the quote and getting the work done. We put off the scheduling of the work for a couple of months as we were into another project, but he followed up at the time discussed and scheduled our work when we wanted it. Andy and his team were punctual and efficient. great communication and execution and he was so great at tracking it all and making sure it all went smoothly and easily for me.

8/28/2018: He is wonderful! very professional, on time and very helpful, he guided me thorough the process. I couldn't be happier. 200% recommend his work 200%. Thank you Andy.


8/21/2018: Andy was a real pleasure to work with. I felt very comfortable with his no-schtick, no nonsense, no-attitude style. The work was done in 2 days - first the drilling and bolting, and then after inspection, the sheer wall. It was painless. He was patient with all of our questions and so nice. I would recommend him in an instant.

8/7/2018: Andy came out right away and produced the lowest bid. Permits and EBB acceptance were delayed due to Oakland not having updated their property ownership records, but Andy got that straightened out. More delays waiting for city inspections, but the work was done in one day, clean and prompt. Again a wait for the final inspection, but EBB issued a check a few weeks later. All good. Thanks to Andy and his team.

8/6/2018: Was very prompt in responding about coming out to quote as well as finishing the job.

7/26/2018: Very efficient and high on customer satisfaction. Great communication. Recommend.

7/25/2018: We were very pleased with Andy Chattoo/Bay Area Brace and Bolt. He was expedient with the work he did, knew the program well and completed all the forms for us and responded quickly to any questions I had. I highly recommend his services.

6/28/2018: Contractor was very professional, courteous and timely. Work was completed as scheduled and workers cleaned up and replaced everything that they had removed. He followed through and got all the paper work and other documents completed and approved as promised. I was very pleased and highly recommend this contractor

6/25/2018: This contractor came to my house then I received his quote the next day. Whenever I emailed him with questions he quickly responded. He and his employees were polite and worked efficiently. The only negative is his workers didn't completely clean the area they were working on. After I notified the contractor someone returned to clean the area. I would recommend this contractor.

6/19/2018: Andy and his crew were great. They were professional, friendly, and got the job done in a more than timely manner. When the city inspector came out, he said everything looked perfect. We are more than pleased. Thank you Andy Chattoo.

6/15/2018: Andy was very professional step by step. First he explained the entire process in terms that was understandable to me. Once I accepted the proposal the work and inspections were completed within the timeframe. The entire process was stress free. I highly recommend Bay Area Brace and Bolt. A. Davis

6/9/2018: Excellent team Andy and his guys were very professional and did the job in clean and timely manner. I Highly recommend them to anyone

6/8/2018: My experience with this company was great. I highly recommend this company to anyone and will use them for other projects

6/8/2018: I have no knowledge what the requirements of City of San Leandro and the retrofit standards of the Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program. I found the contractor list and selected Andy Chattoo of Bay Area Brace and Bolt. He was experienced and understood the application of building permit. His crews worked diligently. Andy followed the final inspection of San Leandro building inspector. My personal comment is that the contractor contributes his effort. Job is not easy. Andy is doing the job right.

5/25/2018: We were so very happy with the professional service we received from Andy and his crew. Andy took care of all the details and was a pleasure to work with. We would give him 5 stars out of 5!

5/24/2018: Bay Area Brace and Bolt is an excellent choice for a retrofit project. From beginning to end, Andy was very helpful and made the process very easy. We are very pleased with the price, timeliness, and quality of the work done. Many thanks to Andy and his crew.

5/16/2018: Andy and his team were courteous, professional, and fast. On top of it all, they offered the best price. I highly recommend working with Bay Area Brace and Bolt.

5/15/2018: Honest, capable, on time and good communication. I had a very positive experience working with Andy Chattoo on my earthquake retrofit for a 1930's two story tudor revival home with no garage attached. The crew was on time every work day and cleaned up afterwards. Andy kept me up to date on the city inspections and the requirements concerning the retrofit of my home. Great job!

5/9/2018: From start to finish, our interaction with A. Chattoo was professional, concise and efficient. He kept us up to date on what was happening next, and with our use of the Dashboard it made the project run smooth. When his crew came to actually do the brace/bolt, they too were courteous and efficient. Overall, we were very pleased with Andy, his crew and the whole undertaking. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, efficient contractor.

4/30/2018: Andy was great in his communications with me and was also able to assist me in getting documentation for my homeowners insurance company so that I would be able to get a better rate. I am extremely pleased with Andy's work on the retrofit that I will also have him work on another home project in the near future. I would not hesitate to recommend Andy to my friends and neighbors.

4/27/2018: I cannot say enough about Andy and his crew-outstanding. Always on time communication was never a problem I felt like he was doing his own home.There is no one else I-would use from now on for any construction work.I contacted others and they made me feel like I was not a priority Andy makes you feel like family.

4/11/2018: I have very great experience with Andy. He was very nice to answer all the questions that I had. It is very helpful. Andy 好專業地幫助我完成了這個工程項目。工作得很好。👍👍

11/3/2017: My experience using Alexander Construction, was unbelievably seamless, timely and done well. The communication was great and I would highly recommend Andy and his crew!

8/19/2017: Andy was the greatest. He met my husband for the initial consultation and was very punctual with providing us with the quote and explaining everything very clearly. I did most of the communication afterwards coordinating payment, photos, paperwork and scheduling. He was always available by phone or text. The process went very smoothly and work was done in only a few days. And his pricing was extremely fair. I would recommend them to anyone needing to do their retrofit!

7/21/2017: Always on time, got the project done. Happy with their service.

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