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Old 10-27-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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Licensed and insured does not equal good and reliable. Keep that in mind. My husband is a handyman and you won't believe the junk work he's had to go in and fix that a "reputable, insured, contractor" did.

That being said, check references. If possible call those references and ask if you can go see that job he did.

My husband gives out references to his prospects and invites them to call and ask if they can look at the jobs he's done: from backsplashes, to lawn mower ramps, to installing and building shelves. He also installs floors, etc. He is not licensed with the state, since he is a handyman he doesn't have to in this state (he does not add rooms or change the living sq. footage of a house for instance). But he does carry insurance and is bonded.

As to how to approach your handyman: I would say, hey Joe, I really feel uncomfortable with the guy helping you being he is on disability and all. I feel comfortable with you doing the work but not Jerry. I also, need this job completed in X number of weeks and seeing that you have another job pending, I'd like to hire someone else to finish this job. And it's not the quality of your work, so please don't think that is why, but I just need it done quickly. I'll still call you for some more projects in the future. And don't worry about the money I've already paid. We'll just call it even.
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Licensed and insured does not equal good and reliable. Keep that in mind. My husband is a handyman and you won't believe the junk work he's had to go in and fix that a "reputable, insured, contractor" did.
I, too, have seen work done by reputable contractors that made me wonder if they'd ever even held a hammer before, much less built anything.
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