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What's your handyman like?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by bob shovel, 27th Jul, 2016.

  1. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if you have a regular handyman or a go to guy for renovating but also advice?

    Spoke to a handyman just recently who seemed capable to do the works but over the phone offered little advice or input to the job's. He just wanted to be told what to do, which is ok but i wanted his opinion too as he was there

    Not after particular references but if there are guys and girls who come forward with info, like something that may be less work for them but more bang for buck for you

    Is there anyone who will indicate potential value add or better ways to improve things along with "replacing the door handle" tasks
     
  2. Perthguy

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    The only expert I ask advice from is my plumber. But then we are a team of 2 experienced renovators so it's unusual for us to have to do a job that neither has knowledge of.
     
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    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    Our Wayne is superb

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    My handyman is rough around the edges, but his workmanship is excellent.
     
  5. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    There's a pretty big variation I've discovered. Some are good at their job but hopeless at getting back to people, some are great at their job so have to book in advance.

    May have to start my own maintenance company soon.
     
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  6. Agent99

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    I wouldn't be asking a handyman for building and add on value advice ? Bit like asking a sparky his thoughts on your plumbing and drainage problems :D Some former tradies do have some great ideas but I find its generally never the quickest or best way to do things.
    Did have lady who does this for a living here come around to a property to advise on adding value but she was absolutely useless. :confused:
     
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  7. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Do you ask your broker for investment planning advice or just stick to the lending paperwork?
    I don't see why it would be a bad thing, a handyman that could give you practical advice would be worthwhile i think
     
  8. Agent99

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    I believe it depends on the broker, there are all levels just like handymen and tradies.
    Most handymen I know do not have a building trade background so, good for hanging doors, locks and generally fixing most things but nothing that takes a bit of thinking.
     
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    My handyman is brilliant, never complains and as cheap as chips, and also doubles up as the pool boy:p;)
     
  10. datto

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    I do most handy work myself.

    On the odd occasion that I have called one, I hate it when he rips his shirt off in the backyard and all the lady neighbours start peering over the fence.

    That's when I yell at him "Oi, fix the door jamb first, then you can go about your gigolo business"
     
  11. bob shovel

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    Mrs palmer and her 5 sons?
     
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