On Choosing the right Repairman..

By
Real Estate Agent with Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty #30RO0980081

Back in early 2011, I had written a post on using the right people.. I had written as an example about an older lady and client who was required to legalize a sun room. She had wanted to use her workmen thinking they would charge less, when in fact they actually would have charged much more. Her attorney had suggested that she use the people she was used to working with - perhaps thinking that Realtors do not work in their clients best interests. Shame.

As her agent, I  listened to her wishes, and was there following up when things went wrong... which they did.  SO many workmen have hidden/undisclosed costs... and to her detriment, she had not requested a written estimate  so she would know beforehand exactly the amount of those charges. In that particular case I saved her over $3500 between the costs of several workmen.

I recently had another situation whereby the buyers wanted some asbestos removed. My sellers refused... After much back and forth, my sellers said they would have the pipes wrapped.  However, they did not use a licensed asbestos person but rather a handyman who looked like he used tinfoil! We ended up offering a credit - which we should have done in the first place...Sometimes trying to save money simply costs more money...

 

Handymen are good for a variety of things but when it comes to electrical, plumbing, roofing, environmental issues - always use a licensed professional in that field - you will save money and definitely will be able to sleep better at night!

New Rochelle is great!

Comments (14)

Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Gay, it is SO important to have good, licensed people to do it right the 1st time!  As my mom always used to say, "Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish!" 

Dec 23, 2012 09:25 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

You said it, Gay.  Especially for Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Roof! 

Dec 23, 2012 09:39 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

You are sooooo right, Gay.  And, in fact, if a handyman is licensed (i.e. contractor's license) and attempts these fields without those proper licenses, he/she can lose their license.  You are right that sometimes, this is pennywise pound foolish and just costs more in the end.

BTW, feel free to ask me about contractors.  I just found a good one who is licensed and reasonably priced for asbestos.  (I come across this too).

Dec 23, 2012 10:01 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Gay.  Don't ever use people that you don't know.  Use who a trusted friend referred them.

Dec 23, 2012 07:26 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Gay, this is so true. Spending a dollar to save a dime. I've seen it over and over again. Clients hiring a handyman who actually does charge more than a licensed professional and does a terrible job. 

Dec 24, 2012 01:00 AM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Gay  To get on my list of recommended contractors they have to be recommended to me, have done the work on time, at the agreed price...and communicated well with their customers.  It's a shame the attorney may have disregarded you as the best source of information...and clearly are you..the best source!   Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2012 01:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Gay,  this story is so true.  You need to use the right people and they need to know the town requirements and be licensed.  I have a number of clients that fall in that catagory and I tell them to sell their value rather than worry about the unlicensed person that thinks it can be done cheaper.  It rarely is cheaper in the long run.

I tell my clients to develop relationship with quality partners and always give value.

Dec 24, 2012 03:30 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Sonja - so true!

Dec 24, 2012 08:44 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Fred -why do people try to save money when they should lool to the quality of work performed!

Dec 24, 2012 08:45 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Debbie - Thank you! i do have a great asbestos person.. family based company and very honest... but thank you!

Dec 24, 2012 08:45 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Conrad-  it jsus makes good sense!

Dec 24, 2012 08:46 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Kathleen - I totally agree!

Dec 24, 2012 08:46 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

John - I totally agree.

Dec 24, 2012 08:47 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Grant - Ithink we all know people who try and ave money - to their detriment..

Dec 24, 2012 08:48 AM