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Handyman Repairs (by sam [TX]) Apr 15, 2018 4:54 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by NE [PA]) Apr 15, 2018 5:01 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by Deanna [TX]) Apr 15, 2018 5:14 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by DJ [VA]) Apr 15, 2018 5:44 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 15, 2018 5:57 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by fred [CA]) Apr 15, 2018 6:15 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by Barb [MO]) Apr 15, 2018 7:42 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 15, 2018 11:38 PM
       Handyman Repairs (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 16, 2018 7:00 AM
       Handyman Repairs (by Sam [TX]) Apr 16, 2018 6:10 PM

Handyman Repairs (by sam [TX]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 4:54 PM

I have a vacancy coming up in July and i want to do start doing some minor upgrading for the next tenant. I have a handyman who does a great job and is usually very reasonable. My question is should I ask for a total price for the upgrading or try to negotiate each project individually. Thanks for your time --72.176.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 5:01 PM

What is the project list? --50.107.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 5:14 PM

If your handyguy is someone who gets stuff done, zip zap, I'd probably break it down by the individual job if it's big stuff (paint the walls, redo the flooring, rebuild the shed, do significant pruning, etc) and ask for a lump sum if it's a bunch of persnickety little things (install a doorbell, change out the storm door, re-glass a window, install a handrail).


Handyman Repairs (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 5:44 PM

The only reason I can think of to break it up into smaller jobs might be to pay him a little as he gets it done - if it's going to take a little while, and he's a cash worker who needs money. As long as he is trustworthy and will be back to finish everything. --68.10.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 5:57 PM

A handyman is not a contractor. A contractor can do estimates, write a contract and stick to a schedule. While a handyman can do a job here and there without much thought. Handymen have little capital and need money to carry them through a job. You think you can pay them when finished but there will never happen due to limited finances.

When I deal with handymen on projects I give them specific tasks that have a start, completing time frame and a budget. If a handyman is going to pull wall paper, patch and prime an area and he must wait a day to begin painting -- so long as he's going to be there with little to do, I'll give him a second small project he can do until he's ready to paint. If I give a handyman too much to do, he may start everything and finish nothing.


Handyman Repairs (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:15 PM

Pay by the job.

You can make progressive payments (when a lot of materials are involved) or one payment upon completion (when it's mostly labor).

Note: Pay on time, as promised - you don't want to lose a "handyman who does a great job" over withholding payments or for trying to take advantage of him.

Sometimes, it's hard to estimate due to unforeseen difficulties. A good example is in old plumbing. You have to know that there could be more parts which have to be replaced, because you don't see them unless you start removing things (like walls or ceiling). --99.59.x.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:42 PM

I use a remodeler who does good handyman work.

The one I use is able to do a good estimate on the time and cost of the job. If I add more work, it goes up and I know his per hour rate.

Generally, mine wants to be paid at the end of each week. He has a line of credit at the local Lowe's and the Meeks hardware store. Therefore, he can order or purchase what he needs, hand me the bill, and I pay him for it. Sometimes I make the check directly to the store, so that it doesn't go on his 1099 and clutter things up.

Yes, he may work on more than one place at a time. He may come into my place, rip out the wet drywall, then set a fan in place to dry it out and walk away until the next day. Makes sense, as it needs to dry out before he can do anything else. I can also give him a list of stuff I need done, and trust he will do it and give me a fair invoice at the end. Often he has a great idea for what to do, when I look at something and have no idea.

So, for your original question - ask him! Say, Joe, I have a list of work that I need to have done. Tell me what you think you can do with these. If he gives you a fair price on the whole thing, you are good!

Before starting, I strongly recommend you get some prices on materials at your local store, so that you can discuss with some knowledge. --64.251.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 11:38 PM


Only pay by the job, not the hour.

Me? I make a detailed list and we work out a price. In your case maybe 2 lists: necessary and upgrades.

Tip: Seems that everyday finding good help is getting harder to find. If you have a good one today, I'd use him to the max.

BRAD --68.50.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 7:00 AM

He won't be able to estimate the whole thing. Do it job by job. --69.141.xxx.xxx

Handyman Repairs (by Sam [TX]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 6:10 PM

Thanks to everyone for their time and ideas. --66.90.xxx.xx

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