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Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Jul 31, 2020 2:36 PM
       Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Jul 31, 2020 2:43 PM
       Getting quotes (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 31, 2020 2:51 PM
       Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Jul 31, 2020 6:32 PM
       Getting quotes (by Hoosier [IN]) Jul 31, 2020 7:10 PM
       Getting quotes (by BillW [NJ]) Aug 1, 2020 10:09 AM
       Getting quotes (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 1, 2020 12:48 PM
       Getting quotes (by Small potatoes [NY]) Aug 2, 2020 1:41 AM
       Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Aug 2, 2020 2:58 PM
       Getting quotes (by Small potatoes [NY]) Aug 2, 2020 11:23 PM
       Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Aug 3, 2020 10:19 PM

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Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 2:36 PM

I am searching for. new handyman. I hav a concrete outside step repair that needs to be done. Historically i have gathered a long list of phoe numbers and started calling to arrange estimates. I need about 10 folks to say they will give me an estimate to get at least one estimate.

Today I began texting and sending a picture. i think this is faster and better responses. How do folks arrange to get estimates?

Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 2:43 PM

Also when texting i like having a record of the conversation and the phone number right there. Also lesson learned take a picture of the whole project. I have a big hole on the stairs. I took a picture of the hole. A contractor giving me an estimate took a picture of the entire stairs, showing the part that needs repair. Other contractors kept asking me for a picture of the entire stairs. I was able to send them the picture the one contractor took of the entire stairs to the other contractors requesting a better picture. i could have ever done this over the phone. How do other folks handle these interactions.

Getting quotes (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 2:51 PM

I look for professionals that have a connection with my local apartment association. Either they advertise through their recommendations, their magazines or through various online services. So when I give them a call, I say the magic words, "Hello, I'm a member to the apartment associations and looking for a reliable tradesman who wants to work with a professional landlord". If this doesn't peek their interest, go on to the next one.

Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 6:32 PM

I am getting quotes for the same job. Everyone is working off the same picture and description. So far the quotes have been from $4230. to $260. Pretty typical of my experience with quotes...even when i show folks th job in person.

I told someone he was way to high...he started trashing the work the others would do. He has no idea who the others are or what they have proposed to do. I finally told him trashing others in my eyes only makes him look bad. That is going to be my standard line going forward, so tired of hearing contractors trash others (who they know nothing about, including who they are)!!!!

Getting quotes (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 7:10 PM

I've had similar issue getting responses. I called 22 masons to get some brick repairs done and only one called me back...and he never followed up. I still have not had the work done, considering doing it myself. Ugh

A picture helps, but I do handyman work now and I would never give a final quote with just a picture. I want to talk to the person and ask them what their expectations are, see the jobsite, ask about what quality of materials they want, and so on. I find that this helps me set expectations and eliminates complaints later. I would be willing to give a very rough range with just a photo, but I think people want more precise often times.

Getting quotes (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 10:09 AM

Laura, without seeing the steps, Id suggest you higher a mason to do the work. I think a majority of injuries is falling down stairs and I wouldnt take a chance on that.

As for getting a new handyman, Id suggest finding someone you like who has insurance and is ok with being paid on a 1099 (you probably will be paying him more than $600). Dont get a quote, just let him do a small job and see how the quality of his work is and the price. If you are good with it, nurture the relationship with good communication on exactly what the task is, making sure he has skill to do it, pay him asap, let him know how much you appreciated the work he has done.

Getting quotes (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 12:48 PM


I REALLY like your photo idea!

Maybe post the photo on Facebook and ask for help.

The free govt money is making it HARDER to find help.


Getting quotes (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 1:41 AM
Message: Lucky to get 3,and two to take the time to come look at the job. Sometimes I can speed things up by speaking their language, and say it's so many squares of roofing, etc and then they can give you a ballpark est over the phone. Then you have an idea of who to follow up with. So a picture sounds like a step in the right direction, so are measurements.

I'd also suggest it sounds like you need a Mason.

Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 2:58 PM

Update..... I signed a contract with a company that does lots of things including masonry. I am paying $990 to have the bottom step of a 4 step concrete stair replaced. I am getting the bottom (cracked, with block of concrete missing) replaced rather than repaired.

I had quotes from $270 to $4000+. The $4000+ was to replace entire stair set, seemed like overkill to me. One contractor did offer $260 and would do it the next day, when I told him his quote was high ($700+). I thought that was slimy behavior and would never work with him. I got a $360 & $500+ quote also. They were for repair step, not replace.

My decision process was:

- I actually had this stair repaired (you can see the patch) 15+ years ago

-prefer replace over repair because I don't want to touch it again

- went with a large insured company because I trusted their expertise...even though i strongly suspect they will subcontract it out

-most importantly I need it done, the current step is a hazard and I didn't want to spend more time finding someone

-equally important I wanted liability protection if someone gets hurt. It look good if I have a reputable company that will stand behind the work.

- I know I overpaid because of the company I hired, but because of the urgency and liability that is OK

Thoughts? Would you have handled it differently?

Getting quotes (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 11:23 PM

Laura did you ask for an insurance certificate? If your repair prices came in at 250 to 500 then 990 to replace isn't too bad. Were and if the other prices from masons?

Getting quotes (by laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2020 10:19 PM

more quotes coming in...$6800 from a concrete company to replace all the steps.

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