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Forum topic by MrRon posted 04-15-2017 07:12 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2017 07:12 PM

I have some work I need to be done on my house. Due to age/ health, I can no longer climb ladders and do things I could do 20 years ago. The work I need doing is to replace facia boards, gutters and a patio roof, none of which requires much skill. I have found in the past that if I ask a “handyman” for an estimate, their quotes are as much as from a professional carpenter or other tradesman. My question is; what is a reasonable going rate for a handyman’s service? I know rates will vary widely country-wide. I live in South Mississippi, 20 miles from Biloxi and the Gulf of Mexico. Being on social security, I can’t afford high prices. I plan to provide the materials and any “design work” needed.

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#1 posted 04-15-2017 07:52 PM

Hard to say what is a fair price without knowing the economics of your area. Here in Louisville I have been using Craigs list in the services section. Get an estimate for the job I need done. Just talking to the person, you can get an idea if they know what they are doing or not. I just keep an eye on the job in progress to make sure they don’t cut any critical corners. If supplying the materials, I don’t pay until the job is done and other wise not more that half the job total up front and after getting their full information.

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#2 posted 04-15-2017 09:38 PM

You know what I would suggest? If you can find an honest to gosh, small town lumberyard/hardware store. I’ll bet they know fellows who small jobs. My local lumber yard deals with lots of small outfits/ one man operations.

Just an idea. I wish you the best of luck.

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 12:44 AM

Someone in your community should be able to recommend someone worthy, I would hope. It’s sad, but there are a lot of “shysters” out there. Good luck

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 01:17 AM

when i needed roofing done I looked thru my local penny saver and had about 10 different guys come and give an estimate. Gave me an idea of to high and to low of a price and who was looking to come in and just get in and out as fast as possible.

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 09:32 PM

I’d ask around at the local hardware of restaurant to see if there are guys the will take that on for you. Get an estimate before you commit. Also ask to see some of their previous work. My sister in Illinois had some guys rebuild her shed and it is a mess after a year. Beware of who you get.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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