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handyman (by sam [TX]) Feb 11, 2024 9:16 AM
       handyman (by DJ [VA]) Feb 11, 2024 9:44 AM
       handyman (by tryan [MA]) Feb 11, 2024 9:54 AM
       handyman (by Just Tim [AR]) Feb 11, 2024 10:03 AM
       handyman (by plenty [MO]) Feb 11, 2024 10:34 AM
       handyman (by RB [TN]) Feb 11, 2024 10:52 AM
       handyman (by Nicole [PA]) Feb 12, 2024 9:05 PM
       handyman (by Nicole [PA]) Feb 12, 2024 9:05 PM
       handyman (by Small potatoes [NY]) Feb 12, 2024 10:07 PM
       handyman (by zero [IN]) Feb 13, 2024 8:31 AM
       handyman (by Sam [TX]) Feb 13, 2024 9:23 AM

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handyman (by sam [TX]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 9:16 AM

I recently asked a question about my handyman pricing a flooring job that i needed done. It was a 150 sq foot area of floor that had carpet and I am going to replace with peel and stick. that he wanted 450 but we settled at 400 and it would another 50 if there was some unforeseen circumstance with the floor. Well of course there was an unforeseen so he took the extra 50 to pull out nails from the carpet. So I am at 450, but now he wants another 85 to level the floors which

I thought was for the unforeseen circumstance. I am pissed because I feel he is trying to nickel and dime me but he does good work and I need to get the place ready. I dont mind paying for good work but dont start this nickle and dime crap. Right now handyman in my town are hard to find, so should I just let him finish or tell him I finish it myself. Any thoughts or advice would be helpful. --72.176.xxx.xxx

handyman (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 9:44 AM

First: Don't make decisions when you are emotional / upset.

Have you considered that he may be pissed at you for negotiating down $50 instead of paying his reasonable fee? Maybe to him, it looks like you tried to nickel & dime him?

If he's doing good work, and it's hard to find anybody else who does, let him finish it.

Also: Tell him you appreciate the quality of his work.

Buy him lunch while he's working.

Pay him a bit more if it looks beautiful when it's done, especially if it's done quickly as you want. Perhaps a little tax-free cash.

Pray he will want to do more work for you in the future.

Bottom line: if you have found a person who is good to work with, and does good work, do all you can to keep them happy and coming back.

I have a guy who's been doing all kinds of work for me for over 10 + years. He communicates well & does very decent to excellent work.

I now hire him for jobs without even getting the price first. I do get it before he starts, but he already knows he has the job & gets it on his schedule. Whatever he wants, he gets. Plus lunch & respect : ) --71.82.xxx.x

handyman (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 9:54 AM

That kind of $$ would never make it to my radar ... but since it's on yours tell him NOT to level the floor.

In my hood I was happy to get quality help in a timely manner. Money was third on my mind. --198.168.xx.xxx

handyman (by Just Tim [AR]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 10:03 AM

Let him finish.

After you've got the place finished and rented, think back over the situation and consider whether you still think he got to you. If you did, then don't use him again. But I wouldn't burn the bridge over this either - you might need him again in the future. --68.1.xxx.xx

handyman (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 10:34 AM

Not only do I buy him lunch I give him an additional $50 cash for showing up and finishing and putting up with me ... As I'm so blessed not to have to get down there on my hands and knees and pull those staples and nails! Treat your handyman with respect and pay a bit more than they ask and keep them hungry for more, cause more is coming and I want them to answer the phone when I call! --172.59.xxx.xxx

handyman (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 10:52 AM

Again, DIY.


handyman (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 9:05 PM

Do you realize how many nails/staples are in a 10 x 15 room? Backbreaking work. $50 is a bargain.

The $85 should have been known about by both parties ahead of time. --98.237.xxx.xx

handyman (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 9:05 PM

I also never negotiate someone down. They name their price and I either pay it or I get someone else. --98.237.xxx.xx

handyman (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 10:07 PM

I'm w DJ and Nicole. I don't try to talk someone off their price but I make sure we are on the same pg for how the job will be done and to what spec. That way I'm not overpaying someone who planned to cut corners. --172.59.xxx.xx

handyman (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2024 8:31 AM

Not only will I not try and talk people down on their price, but I do not share quotes with them either.

I have always thought that was bad biz. Lots of people do it, but I want a quote that is honest, not one that someone guessed at or cheated off someone else's work.

I will share the final price with someone after I have given the job to the quoted person. Just so they can see how far off they were.

Have done that with roofers as well as a trash out guy that was 3x the cost. --107.147.xx.xx

handyman (by Sam [TX]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2024 9:23 AM

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and ideas --172.59.xxx.xx

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