Home Repairs, Don't send a boy to do a man's job.

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Home Inspector with HouseProbe Inspections LLC

Home Repairs, Don't send a boy to do a man's job!

      I recently inspected a home that had multiple electrical, plumbing and HVAC issues as well as other issues such as damaged siding, wood rot and peeling paint. I stated in my report that I recommend having licensed qualified electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractors as well as a licensed qualified contractor do repairs. The home owner hired a handy man to do all the repairs. Now I have nothing against handymen, they serve a need and there are some very good ones out there, but when it comes to the skilled trades such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC, most just don't have the training and experience. In this case the handyman did a decent job on the wood rot, peeling paint and replacing damaged siding and some other minor jobs he did. However, there are still major issues with the electrical. plumbing and HVAC. Now the buyer is mad, the realtor is mad and the former homeowner is long gone, moved out of state and left no forwarding address. I wish the homeowner had taken my advice and hired qualified tradesmen to do the work. If you're buying a home and the homeowner agrees to fix any issues, make sure you know that they hired licensed qualified contractors for specific skills. When it comes to Home Repairs, Don't send a boy to do a man's job!

David DiRienzo

Richmond Virginia Home Inspector

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Comments (6)

Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Handymen are just that...  handy.  Not licensed professionals.  I 100% agree with your advice.  Hope they all get it worked out.             

Apr 02, 2012 12:18 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Good advice, David. 

     I know some great handymen; many of them are properly licensed and insured.   But they are not HVAC experts, they are not electricians, they are not plumbers.  I leave that stuff for the pros.

Apr 02, 2012 12:20 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

If you are writing an addendum for repairs, be sure to say they must be licensed professionals and to provide the buyer with receipts prior to closing.

Apr 02, 2012 12:21 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I specify in the inspection report, "all repairs/replacement to be done by a licensed professional". Depending on the agent I am working with I will even demand that the buyer select the professional.

Apr 02, 2012 12:26 AM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Great advice for home buyers as well as sellers.  As already stated handy folks are great but for HVAC, plumbing and electric issues the work needs/should be done by licensed professionals who provide a itemized receipt to be given to the buyers in the event of future issues.  It's good after repairs before Closing to have the home inspector go back and check the repairs for a reduced fee -- we've know buyers who don't do that because of the extra charge.  Go figure!

Sue of Robin and Sue

Apr 02, 2012 01:34 AM
Janell Kittleson
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

Excellent advice.  I can't tell you how many "handymen" I've come behind that "fixed" an issue yet the new homeowner had to hire a trained contractor to re-fix it.  

Apr 02, 2012 07:58 AM