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Old 04-04-2009, 09:10 PM
 
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I'm relatively new to the area, buying my first home. I'm looking for contractors to use, and to stay away from. I will probably need electrical, drywall, plumbing, roof & gutter, and general handyman (it's a fixer-upper)! I'm especially interested in contractors you may have used through FHA 203k loans or other government programs.

Licensed/bonded/insured only!
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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I can't give alot of help, I do alot of work myself. As far as electrical contractors go, make sure the person is certified with RGE.

Always get estimates up front, ask for references, other work the company has done. Word of mouth helps. There are also sites like merchantscircle.com, google.com and yahoo.com that get comments from customers.

If you have general questions, city-data has a housing forum and you could always ask in the Rochester forum as well. Some of us have older houses and may have done some of the work ourselves.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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I moved here 5 years ago from state that had a contractor board NY only requires electricians and plumbers to be lic. Be careful try to get a recommendation from your Realtor. DM me for a Realtor i can recommend
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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Being an independant contractor you would prefer someone who is licensed and knows what they are doing.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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Yes you would! I am bu i needed some work don that i dont do and fell into this issue (not for long I fired him and did it myself) just be careful.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Sounds like you will need more than one contractor. You can check with the local union hall associated with the trade required for each project and get a list of qualified people.
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