I had a huge replumbing job done and the guy left about a dozen holes
in the walls all over the house. I thought the plumbing contract
covered that (well, I didn't think anything about it until he said he
was finished.) Luckily, I already knew a moon lighter who did good work
for me before. He took care of all the drywall supplies, paints, and
got the job done in pretty short order, although only working on Sunday
and evenings. I trusted him, since he is the friend of a close
neighbor, so I would sometimes leave the key under the mat and he would
let himself in when I was not around. (I have to think up something new
and get him back before he forgets me. Good handymen are hard to find).
I guess because there is so much construction in Northern Virginia its
possible to find people who do dry walling on the side for cash. On
that job and another I did not worry about contracts, licenses, and
Now I am getting a tree removed, but this is done by guy is in the
business and is licensed and protected by a $1 million insurance
policy.He was doing work for another close neighbor and says he did
work for others. That neighbor has to negotiate professionally for
contractors so I trust his judgement. For $800, the decision to go
with a small business, not one of the big tree companies seems best.
Of course, it still hurts MY budget.