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handyman (by sam [TX]) Feb 9, 2024 7:47 PM
       handyman (by NE [PA]) Feb 9, 2024 8:25 PM
       handyman (by Richard [MI]) Feb 9, 2024 9:05 PM
       handyman (by Vee [OH]) Feb 9, 2024 9:09 PM
       handyman (by NE [PA]) Feb 9, 2024 9:16 PM
       handyman (by MikeA [TX]) Feb 9, 2024 9:37 PM
       handyman (by Vee [OH]) Feb 9, 2024 9:43 PM
       handyman (by RB [TN]) Feb 9, 2024 10:44 PM
       handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 9, 2024 11:32 PM
       handyman (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 10, 2024 7:39 PM
       handyman (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 12, 2024 7:10 AM

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handyman (by sam [TX]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 7:47 PM

I am in the process of trying to get this property ready to rent. I have a 150 sq foot area room where there is carpet. I plan on putting some new peel and stick flooring I got from LL Flooring. My handyman originally said 350 then he said well maybe 450 because I dont know exactly what is under the carpet and it might need some extra work. I normally pay around 1.50 a sq ft which i think is fair. He then said well lets meet in the middle and say 400 but still said it might be a little higher depending on whats underneath. I understand sometimes unforeseen circumstances happen and there is an extra charge but I cant help but feel he will try to nickel and dime this job. I have used him for many yrs and we had a falling out a few yrs ago but have since work well together recently. I understand each day its not ready its costing me money but at the same time I dont want to over pay for work and feel I am being taken advantage. My other handyman has become unreliable so I am in the process of looking for someone I can trust. Should I just let him do the job so I can get the place ready and know that it is a business cost or look for someone else. Any advice or recommendations would be helpful. Thanks


handyman (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 8:25 PM

2 prices. One cost for the underneath condition being suitable and the 2nd cost if the underneath needs prep work. Just make sure you have the details of worst case scenario laid out before going forward. --24.152.xxx.xx

handyman (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:05 PM

It's good to have a second and third backup for each trade or handyman. If you can find any.

I have considered looking at the local high school for students that are interested in the trades and making them an offer. I'll have to train them but that's ok as many of the proported handymen around don't know squat and are just faking it. Plus the locals often want $65-150 per hour. The high school people are willing to work for a more reasonable amount. --75.7.xx.xx

handyman (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:09 PM

Just get busy lifting and tossing - once you see what is there you can proceed - nobody knew where to dig gold in 1849, nothing changed now. --184.59.xxx.xx

handyman (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:16 PM

Vee, I switched out a plug and receptacle today in all of about 3 minutes. At least a $100 for an electrician call. $100 x 20 = $2,000 an hour. So you’re right, get to work mining your gold. --24.152.xxx.xx

handyman (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:37 PM

150 SQFT assuming there's no work on the subfloor is about 3 hours work tops so $100/hr plus $50 for travel and expendables. While that sounds high, it's what I've been having to pay for a good handyman the last couple of years.

You might call LL and ask if they know any reasonably priced installers you could call. Putting down peel and stick flooring is not rocket science.

That said, what does it cost a day to have that unit sitting vacant? My guess it won't take more than a couple or three vacant days to exceed the cost this guy is charging.

By the way, next time reach over and give the edge of that carpet a yank and you will see what the subfloor looks like so there will be no question how much prep it will take. --209.205.xxx.xx

handyman (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:43 PM

NE, hopefully you have switched most cover plates to the metal ones - guess what - they don't crack from furniture crashing! No more violations in my shacks... --184.59.xxx.xx

handyman (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 10:44 PM

DIY. --69.130.xxx.xxx

handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 11:32 PM


When he comes to measure he can pull up a corner and reveal much of the floor. Now you both know what is underneath.

An extra $100 is only 3-4 days of lost rent. Hire him before he books someone else.

Me? NEVER lay carpet. People 40 and under do not like carpet. It's out of fashion, even the carpet store will tell you that. Carpet will push away some of your best prospects. And it is the most expensive maintenance item in your rental, even more than appliances.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx

handyman (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 7:39 PM

I agree with Vee, NE, and RB. --73.190.xxx.xxx

handyman (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 7:10 AM

He is giving you a different number as he doesn't know what is under it - well do you know?

If you don't know is it fair that he doesn't know too. I wouldn't get to worked up over an extra $50 if you want the job done. Contractors are busy where I am at. If you upset them you will be doing lots of your own work.

Depending on how many units you have - I recommend that you start out DOING THIS WORK. Money is made by knowing how your system works and how to get these places repaired and rent ready. Then contract these jobs out as you grow. --24.101.xxx.xxx

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