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!