In the Before-Times, we had some rotting wood. One of the side doors to the garage was rotting. Our shed had seen better days. Some of the boards in our deck needed replacing.
And also, we do not particularly enjoy painting. We have all (minus DC2) put in time painting this deck of ours over the years and it’s just not our favorite way to spend a weekend.
One of my colleagues had mentioned that he had a handy-man he liked who would do ANYTHING, no matter how small the job. Mostly he was always pushing doing unlicensed plumbing at less than cost. (Looking him up online, there’s a DUI, so perhaps he was previously licensed.) But he always did a reasonably good job (better than my colleague could do anyway) and was pretty cheap.
And so when DH complained about wood rot, I kept saying, look, there’s no need for you to do this yourself if you don’t want to. We are rich. Let us hire this guy my colleague recommended.
So we started with the door and he did a great job and it wasn’t too expensive. Half up front to buy parts, half after to pay for labor. Then he and his crew basically refaced our entire shed– they just built a shed-like structure around the original walls. Both of these things look great to my untrained eye, and DH was also pleased. Those two items cost $2434.50 according to my records.
Then we called them back later after it stopped raining (in the After-Times) and they replaced boards in the deck and repainted it. That has cost $1125.75– last time we had professional painters come out to just paint it was $600, and when we did a back of the envelope including the cost of the boards, we were expecting another $600 in parts and labor for that, so this seems pretty reasonable. DH communicated outside with him masked up but the handyman (and high school daughter and other crew person) without masks. : / I still think this was less risky than a trip to Home Depot would have been, though maybe a bit more risky than if we’d been able to do curbside with the wood, but some of those boards were pretty long so we’d probably have had to rent a truck. And it’s good to spread money around locally?
The wood replacing is better than DH’s attempts (though probably equally good compared with the board we replaced with DH’s dad many years back.) The deck paint job isn’t as even as we’d like, but they also didn’t stain our walls like we do. DH may repaint a couple of the boards where half the board seems to have more coats than the other half. (We could call them back to fix it, but it seems unnecessary. Plus it keeps raining.)
It is definitely nice being able to outsource jobs that you don’t want to do.
Do you have a handy-person you like to use? What kinds of things do you outsource?