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Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Darlinghurst Boy, 1st Oct, 2015.

  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    this is my second IP up on the NSW Central Coast up at Lake Haven.

    My first IP was in a similar place and i had to usually bring students up from Sydney to help clean paint etc simply because i cant find labour on the Coast.

    It seems i will have to do the same for this one.
    I need door handles changed, lawns mosed, some painting, tap handles , good luck with finding a vacant handyman on the Central Coast. !!!

    I have rung 6 advertised on gumtree all are tooooo busy.why bother to advertise ?
    One came out to give me a qoute , actually in the time he was giving me the qoute, took him 45 minutes , he could of changed the door handles !!!

    He still hasnt sent me his qoute , all i wanted to do was pay cash actually and get it dine immediately.

    So... Again i will have to try to find Sydney students this weekend to do some painting cleaning etc , i advertised last week on Gumtree here in Sydney and received over 50 texts with guys who even had their own tools but i thought rather than bring them up from Sydney to work on my IP i would try to find local people.

    So i start texting the Work wanted adverts for gumtree Central Coast... U know the ads similar to 33yo guy desperately wants work will clean and paint etc .. Only for them not to reply or text back that the money being $20 an hour cash was not enough.
    I texted 8 of these Adverts.
    Even one young guy 22yo advertised he desperately wanted work and had lost his licence and a baby on the way so i offered to pick him up at his Central Coast home and take him to my IP to paint the inside of the garage at $20 cash an hour x 8 , no way he said , too hot .

    So please i dont believe the stories that theres no work on the Central Coast, it seems its tooooo difficult to get not only tradesmen but handyman even labourers to do cash work cleaning painting etc.
    I will again Advertise on Sydney Gumtree for either Saturday or Sunday to take up the Central Coast and cash day for $250 and i bet i get over 50 texts again ok granted they are modtly foreign tradesmen handyman but as long as they can change door handles i dont mind , do some painting cleaning etc and i drive them to and from the coast.about 90 minutes each way and i pay them even for that time.

    My last IP i had South American tradesmen drive up from Sydney with me and they didnt complain and worked hard .
    All i can say is.... Must be money in being a handyman on the NSW Central Coast if you have to refuse jobs .!!!
    Here in Sydney i can get a handyman here within 30 minutes.
     
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  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Maybe they are just too busy to work for YOU? (sometimes tradies do this and don't want to tell you that they don't think they can get along with you, so they say they're too busy)
     
  3. Mumbai

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    Do you want any help or just...
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  4. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Mumbai.. The only guys who are willing to work it seems are from Mumbai .
    I dont wish to sound racist to Aussies but the majority of guys who have been willing to work and even learn are from either india, Nepal or Sri Lanka.
     
  5. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    How would they know me if i text them ? Or even if i make a quick call ?
    The NSW Central Coast seems flat out for work and now im thinking a handyman company or a Jims franchise up that way maybe the way to go !
     
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    It's all that pent up anger which comes through in your texts.

    Try serviceseeking.com.au or similar.
     
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  7. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    No i will find someone here in Sydney and take them up like i always am forced to simply because the people on the Central Coast are too busy !


    I cant see why foreign students in Sydney are sending me text after text begging for work yet i try to do the right thing by replying to "Work Wanted " adverts for the Central Coast which either i get a reply saying its not enough money , they re too busy, or no Reply at all.

    I really felt sorry for the young guy advertising in gumtree with no drivers licence and a baby on the way so offered to even pick him up and pay cash too only for him to reply that its too hot to work .:oops:
     
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  8. Mumbai

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    So, whats the problem? If they are willing to work, hire them!
     
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    Used this a few weeks ago to fix up the garden. Works well for me. Will use it again in the future.

    @Darlinghurst Boy - Could it be the rate you are offering them is too low?
    Maybe if they are teenagers and are the kids of your friends that might be ok (with their parents consent), but if they are adults are you're offering them $20 when the going rate is more, of course they are going to say no.

    The gardener offered to move 3 tonne of pebbles for me from the front yard to the back @ $160. I gladly said yes. Last time i had to do it, it took me several hours, followed by session at the physio.

    Rather than offer them a rate by the hour, maybe an alternative of $xx per room.
     
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  10. Brian84

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    I only got to the first paragraph and realised 2 ip in lake haven which is near lake munmoron and immediately thought of starofdavid. Gives me the vibe they are the same person.

    If it is the same person we are glad to see you back. We miss your humerous posts.
     
  11. DaveM

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    Maybe their timewaster detectors were working
     
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    20 bucks n hour is probably the going rate for the 15 year old kid down the road to mow the lawn these days I dunno. If in a dire situation I would work for that but otherwise these ppl arent gunna be getting out of bed.
     
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    Must be money in being a handyman? They are probably offended by your ridiculous offer of $20 an hour cash...this may have been enough 20 years a go for you but things have changed....
     
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    Not sure why you would need a handyman to do these things anyway, a simple YT video will show you how to do all of the above.
     
  15. montoya

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    OP is right about one thing though..it is difficult to get tradies up there.
    I have an estimated $2k+ job to be done after storm damage, and my PM who is pretty good has only been able to get one quote!
     
  16. D.T.

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    Maybe you should start a tradesman business DB , they could travel between jobs in your taxi while sipping lattes and you make triple the money?
     
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    I really doubt you would easily find a unit student who is capable of changing a door handle, paint well, change tap handles. You would do better to pay a good handyman, or a hire-a-hubby type of person who knows what they are doing.

    The other thing is that $20 an hour is not exactly going to get a uni student excited. They can get more than that waiting tables or working in retail without having to have the skill set you are looking for.
     
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  18. Darlinghurst Boy

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    I beg to differ ... I get many foreign students applying to me advertising on Gumtree from Sydney for $13 an hour plus.
    Some of my flatmate tenants work in Sydney restaurants for $10 an hour some work in 7/11 for less!
    The point of this thread is to outline the lazy Central Coast unemployed who advertise on the Central Coast gumtree wanting work and when i offer it they say its too hot.
    I rang several who advertised in the work wanted section of the Central Coast gumtree only to be given all excuses !
    One guy advertised he needed work desperately baby on the way, lost his licence , i offered to pick him up and pay $20 an hour for cleaning , he said its too hot this weekend.

    I would rather emply local people /students than have to bring them up from Sydney but its hard to get so all those people who complain foreigners are taking your jobs its because they are willing to work !!


    I advertise here in Sydney for workers to go up to the Central Coast with me and i get over 50 people applying of course all foreign people but with my experience with them ALL have been great workers !
    I pay cash i buy lunch i take them home
     
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  19. AndrewTDP

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    Maybe they have work that actually pays a fair wage, rather than for someone that expects them to drop everything for far less than they could be earning from doing basic stop/go controls at a roadworks site?
     
  20. Peter_Tersteeg

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    Advertising is one of those things that might not have an immediate benefit, but it can pay off months or even years later. If you stop advertising today, you could be in trouble later due to a lack of business.

    Possibly not quite so relevant for a handyman, but for some tradies it would be a reasonable explanation.

    It could also be that they paid for an advertising package over a period of time.