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Bathroom Renovation Tips-Shedding Some Light on Your New Bathroom Remodel

Photos Credit to Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Most people honestly have no idea how much it really costs to under go a renovation. People often ask us how much it will cost for a bathroom remodel, and our first question is usually “What would you like to do?” and our second is “What is your budget?” 

Bathroom remodels continue to be one of homeowner’s priority projects  to tackle on their “to-do lists and there’s a good reason for it. Homeowners get a high return on investment and of course, they help turn that blah bathroom into a personal sanctuary in the process. A newly renovated bathroom definitely  gives the homeowner a competitive edge when trying to sell. Keep in mind that a bathroom remodel doesn’t just happen over night. As you may already know, it can be quite stressful. One of the best things you can do is plan ahead, do your own research and follow this simple guide to make the most out of your remodeling process.

Stage 1: Ask Yourself These Questions

Before you even start the planning procedure, you will need to consider asking yourself the following questions. This will enable you to make sense of what it is you are trying to accomplish, and how to get there.

  • What is the main reason you want to remodel?
  • How much storage will you need?
  • How long do you plan on living in your home?
  • What is your routine and how can your space be improved to function alongside of it?
  • How much time do you spend in this bathroom space (in the morning, afternoon and evening hours?)
  • How many people will be using this space?
  • How often will this space be used?
  • Who is this bathroom for?
Stage 2: Handle the “Why’s?”

Why are you remodeling? This appears glaringly evident, however you have to know the genuine reason before you can make any arrangements. There are commonly three principal reasons individuals need to remodel: refresh the look, make it more practical, or for resale.

In case you’re remodeling to refresh the look, you’ll likely simply be concentrating on materials, installations, and cabinetry. In case you’re redesigning for usefulness, you’ll presumably be gutting the entire space. In case you’re rebuilding for resale, you’ll need to do some research about the present market and patterns.

Stage 3: Do Your Own Independent Research

Before you lose track of what’s most important, you will need to do some of your own research. Consider whether you require a fundamental, mid-range, or full rebuild and set aside some time  to make sense of the amount you’re ready (and capable) to spend. Collect inspiration for your redesign with pictures of bathroom formats you like, outlines you like, storage solutions you like, and the sky is the limit from there.

Stage 4: Get Advice (from an expert)

An expert will have the knowledge to help you with every one of the inquiries you may have in regards to your remodel. You can get a more practical viewpoint on the design, the materials, the fixtures, and so forth from a specialist who’s done this kind of work  previously. Additionally, they can help you with creating a budget and help you to stick to it.

Stage 5: Planning

Now that you have an idea of what you can afford, what you require, and what you need, you can now move forward with planning your bathroom remodel.  Work together with  your contractor to come up with as many ideas as possible. Look at photos in magazines or social medial outlets like face book or pint rest for motivation, and ask as many questions as you need to. The last thing you don’t want to do  is to settle with an unexpected choice on a material or style. You will  also need to look into the permits you require (an expert can help you with this). Don’t be afraid to spend a considerable amount of time in this step,  as it may be  the most important one’s  of all.

Stage 6: Review

In this progression, the goal is to get all the real components and spacing confirmed before moving ahead.  Survey all drawings  and designed floor plans with the format and size of its components with your contractual worker and set the agreement in writing. You’ll need to make sense of the majority of the remodel so that there are no curve balls when development starts.

Stage 7: Choices

Here’s the  fun part! You get the opportunity to make choices about your materials, finishes, and colors. Assemble your motivation and ask your contractor any inquiries you may have with respect to specifics. Do as much research as you would so be able to you’ll make them work information when you approach this vital discussion. Here’s the decisions you have to make: bath, shading, ledges, fixtures, flooring, lighting, mirrors, shower, sinks, toilette, tile and vanities.

Stage 8: Essential Details

This is where you will want to get to the essential details on all the additional components in your remodel, like how things will flow, where you will be storing  everything while development is in progress, how you will set up your space, what time the workers will be on site, and whatever else that may come up amid the construction process. Any last-minute decisions and inquiries need to take top priority here.

Step 9: Construction

Once all the decisions are made, the plans are drawn, and the papers are signed, it’s time to begin the construction process! Yippee!  After many weeks of planning your bathroom remodel is finally here.  In anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, your new sanctuary will be completed.

Ready to start the first phase of your bathroom remodel? Call Donato D’Orazio Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  today!

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About Don D’Orazio

Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Donato has over 15 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.

Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.

1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible

It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.

Don’s Motto

“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”

Don Continues to Find Compassion Within Himself to Stay Attached to Values That are Linked to the Common Good

In 2013 Don and and his team created the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program  benefiting worthwhile causes and creating partnerships within our communities in Durham Region. The Tree of Hope is a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community. Every year Don’s goal is to add new Helping Hands to the Tree of Hope and have it completed by December 31st from generous donations collected from clients, friends, family and local businesses in the community from our Donation Wish-List. Don believes it’s important to give back and not only volunteers his time, he also funds and hosts a number events throughout the year to help Do Good and Give Back.

Here’s an important life lesson: no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are tougher than yours.

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Marble mosaic tiles will create a unique look to any home. These natural  stone tiles come in difference sizes and finishes to suit the effect you wish to create. Installing Mosaic tiles is a classic and elegant way to finish a backsplash, kitchen and bathroom application. Give your bathroom floor a unique, contemporary look by installing Marble Mosaic Tile. Express your style with marble tile borders and accents.

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Some helpful information on the flooring product used in this project below:
 Novecento Marble Mosaics

Product description:

White Hexagon Mosaic


Application– Floor/Walls/Backsplash

Sizes-1 1/8 Hexagon-mesh mounted on 12″x12″

Cut tile into desired sizes

Important Information to Know

The character of the product creates a degree of variation in shade, colour, tone and the size of each piece.

Care Instructions:

Use appropriate tile and grout cleaner

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was recently hired to on work this project involving the removal of the existing powder room floor and replacing it with Novecento brand Marble Mosaics.

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Handy Tip Number 1

Be sure to wear safety glasses because there is going to be a lot of broken tile bits flying everywhere.

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We started by removing the baseboard, sink and toilet. We then proceeded  to remove the porcelain tile on the floor. We chose to start in one corner and worked our way across the floor. The original  diamond lath that was under the tile was also removed and we  and continued right down to the sub floor.

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We began the rebuild by screwing down the chipboard  and installing diamond lath and stapled it to the sub-floor. Next,  a scratch coat mortar was applied  to the diamond lath making sure that the end result was a base that was as level as possible.

Handy Tip Number 2

If you don’t have the skill set to apply scratch coat mortar evenly, another  option would be  to install cement board over the subfloor. It will save a lot of headache when you install the flooring on a level surface.

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Handy Tip Number 3

When dealing with natural stone you always have to seal prior to grouting so that the natural stone does not absorb the colour of the grout.

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Once this process was completed we installed the Marble Mosaics tile without any issues. This floor was level and are happy to mention that we did not experience any uneven tile setting. With this type of tile, you cannot build up your floor  with mortar to compensate for an uneven surface. If you try to do this you could run into all sorts of problems with uneven tile and mortar squeezing out between the grout joints.

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Once the marble mosaics tile had a day to set up, we then grouted the floor. Because this floor product is a natural stone, we applied an un-sanded grout and didn’t want to scratch the finish and keeping in mind that these grout joints were less that 4 millimeters.

The end result, spectacular! We absolutely love this marble mosaics tile flooring. Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is looking forward to completing more flooring projects like this in the future!


Kind words from our clients…

Thanks so much Don, awesome job!! Will def be recommending you to friends and family.

Safe travels,

Carly and Kyle

Bowmanville, Ontario


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Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-Don Of All Trades

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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If your budget only allows to make one upgrade to your bathroom décor, consider a new bathroom vanity. Vanities are the focal point of any bathroom. Have you ever noticed how your eyes go right to the mirror? This happens because contemporary bathroom vanities convey the first impression of the room. You gain a great opportunity to get an excellent design return on investment by just simply upgrading one piece.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently replaced an outdated bathroom vanity including the sink, countertop and faucet and replaced it with this new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model.

The Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity adds a charm to the bathroom décor.  The Seaside Cottage features two cabinet doors and a drawer fitted with soft-closing hardware. The cabinet space and full-extension drawer will help  keep  bath essentials tucked away while the ceramic countertop provides ample room for toiletries. Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters with 100% environmentally friendly rubber-wood; this premium quality vanity offers exceptional quality, durability and beauty.


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Other Features Include:
 Antique chestnut wood finish
  • 5 coats of stain applied by hand
  • 100% environmentally friendly rubber wood (no MDF or veneers)
  • Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters

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Ceramic Countertop:
  • White ceramic countertop
  • 1-integrated sink
  • Drilled for a 1-hole spread faucet (standard hole size)
Soft-Closing Doors:
The Seaside Cottage is designed with two soft-closing cabinet doors which feature charming antique bronze pulls.
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Soft-Closing Drawer:
 The Seaside Cottage is designed with one soft-closing cabinet drawer which features a charming antique bronze knob.
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Assembly required:
 Counter top needs to be affixed to the cabinet base
  • Door pulls and drawer knobs to be screwed into pre-drilled holes
 Mirror not included
  • Faucet and pop-up drain not included
Dimensions (W x D x H):
101.6 cm (40 in.) x 41.91 cm (16.5 in.) x 83.82 cm (33 in.)
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This project involved  removing the sink from the vanity. The  water supply lines did not have  shut off valves so we  install two of them.

The next step was removing  the counter top and the original anchored vanity. New vinyl tiles were installed where the old vanity was originally located.

Our client saved money on flooring costs due to the fact that they had saved left over tile from when the floor was originally installed. The floor was grouted  which resulted in a perfect match.

This new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model was installed including the La Toscana Novello Single Handle Lavatory Faucet Model tie everything together.

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Although a thousand dollars might not get you as far as some remodeling shows on television would have you believe, even this small amount can do a lot. This is especially true if your current space functions well-no loose parts or leaks-but is in need of a facelift. Here are some useful ideas to consider:

  • Keep your towels dry and toasty with a heated  towel bar. You can find some for $100 or less.
  • Upgrade your shower head to one with multiple settings, including a massage or pulsating setting.
  • Improve your lighting and ventilation with a combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled  when you get out of the shower.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilette paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves to your towels and toiletries.
  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Consider keeping your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.

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Jaccuzi Tub Tile Repair

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Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair


Project Inspection 

I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a  wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt.  Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached.  We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure  everything matched.  This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…


Phase 1: Demolition

The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking.  When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh.  A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.

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By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh.  The next step was  removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.

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Phase 2:  Scratch-Coat

New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands  when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other  injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck.  An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

 Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.

My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.


 Phase 3:  Tiling

 With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.

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Next stage of the project-grout.  Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.

Phase 4: Finished Product

When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.

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Bathroom Floor and Shower Remodel


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 Our Complimentary In Home Consultation

  • Client addressed issues of water leaking from the shower into to the kitchen ceiling and causing damage to all the drywall
  • Client was concerned as  to why all of the ceramic floor tiles were breaking in the bathroom.

Initial Review Upon Inspection

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Upon my inspection I found that these issues were  caused by an improperly built shower base. The previous contractor had laid the ceramic for the shower floor directly on top of the subfloor without any water proofing membrane or concrete. They also used 12-inch tiles for the floor and it’s almost impossible to create a slope for the water to go to the waste drain using that size tile.

The end result was that the tile and grout failed, causing the plywood to absorb the water like a sponge. When it got to a point where the subfloor couldn’t take in any more water it started to leak onto the kitchen ceiling. Not only did it damage the ceiling it also spread from the subfloor in the shower to the subfloor in the bathroom causing the tile to crack and the toilet to move because the wood completely was rotted.

Solution To Correcting This Problem


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The original bathroom flooring  was removed. New plywood wood was installed, screening was applied as well as a scratch coat. Our client decided on a  ceramic for their floor tile.  A new toilet and baseboard were also added to this bathroom.


Photos courtesy of Don Of All Trades

Backer board with a built-in rubber membrane on the outer layer was installed in the shower. All joints were sealed with fiberglass mesh tape. A thin set mortar was applied to fill in all the joints in order to maintain a good tight water seal.


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The original shower pan  was removed. This was replaced by installing new 1 inch plywood on top of the sub floor.  A layer of concrete was added to from  a new base foundation.  Once the concrete had cured, a rubber membrane was installed on top of the concrete. This stage of the floor was completed by adding a final top coat  of concrete.


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Our client’s choice of tile was a  ceramic  that was installed on the walls in a subway tile pattern to give it a unique and professional look. Once the tiling process was completed on all shower walls and floor, grout was applied to the tiles. The original fixtures and glass shower door were re installed.

As a professional in the home improvement business, I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with incredible clients. This project involved the  remodeling of their existing bathroom that unfortunately had suffered severe water damage.   Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was able to  complete this project on time and within the client’s budget! Did we mention our client was extremely happy?  


Tip:  Home owners considering hiring a professional to complete a bathroom remodel should take into account that this project could take up to a week or more to complete depending on the scope of the work. Plan accordingly and communicate with your contractor on what the entire bathroom remodel process will entail and be prepared for surprises your contractor may find along the way  i.e.: water damage, faulty wiring, mold etc.  You may have to temporarily use the second bathroom in your home during the remodeling process. So please be patient and work together with your contractor.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman For Your Home Improvements



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Hiring A Handyman

Not all home repair jobs need the assistance of a general contractor or specialised service provider. A handyman may be employed for a wide range of small home improvement projects. This subsequent article explains how a handyman can fix your to-do-list while saving time and cash along the way.


So What Is A Handyman?

handyman  is someone who will perform a good assortment of small tasks and odd jobs. Handymen may be found in communities all over the planet, offering affordable services from gardening  to home repair for their clients.

It’s typically straight forward  to search out a handyman; several advertise in phone books and with fliers around city, and it’s also possible to trace one down through word of mouth recommendations.  Some clients become quite attached to their handyman, since an honest one may be exhausting to search out.

A handyman or home improvement company, usually charges the client by the hour plus material prices, despite the task at hand.

Many home owners can produce an inventory list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list during a single visit.



Do I Hire A Handyman Or A Contractor?

The scope of the work and skill level of their trades  needed to complete it ought to confirm whether or not you hire a handyman or contractor.

When making an attempt to work out who is the right choice to hire for your specific job, contemplate the task. If it’s a specialised trade, make sure you hire that tradespersons such as a plumber or electrician, as an example. If it’s very little things that you are capable of doing  yourself, a handyman is possibly the right choice  to go with.

A handyman isn’t the most effective choice for an outsized or difficult project that would take an extended period of time to complete and need the assistance of multiple staff. A contractor or specialist ought to be used for remodeling work,  area additions, projects that need industrial equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman

You’ve got an ever-increasing  list of home enhancements like changing out a toilet regulator,  missing shingles on the roof and painting a room wall. You could hire plumber, roofer and painter that  could  have conflicting schedules of handiness and their own service charges. Or  you could hire  a handyman to complete all 3 projects in 1 day  for one hourly rate.


 Save Money. A homeowner will save cash on home improvement projects by hiring a handyman as a result of it eliminates the requirement for multiple service suppliers and contractors. Several handymen charge by the hour therefore a homeowner solely pays for one employee  that will complete a good vary of projects . A service fee from a roofer or plumber to come to your home may equal or perhaps surpass the value to hire a handyman for a couple of hours.


 Lower Rates. Hiring a Handyman additionally prevents waste and overcharging, because the handyman will charge you for hours worked. A contractor or specialist’s price may include taking into  consideration the amount of  time it’ll take to  complete the job. Handymen are able to keep their rates low as a result of they do not need to pay extra employees and have lower overhead prices than contractors or massive corporations.

Variety of Skills.  Many homeowners consider the idea of a  handyman once they have  repairs, however do not know who to contact.  Handymen are better-known to try a variety of work  from assembling outdoor sheds and gas grills to hanging Christmas  lights and decorations.

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Hiring a handyman to complete your “To Do List” type of home repair work is a good option and the following projects below are ideal for most handymen.

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Minor Plumbing Work

Many handymen are capable of finishing minor plumbing work,  putting in new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, more advanced assignments or jobs that need plumbing to be relocated inside the house should to be left to an authorised and licensed plumber.

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Caulking And Weatherproofing

Adding a recent application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding could be a good way to boost energy capacity and lower utility prices.


Patios, Decks and Porches

Over time, weather will take its toll on wood decks, patios and porches. A repairman will replace broken boards, apply an end or sealing material and create general enhancements or repairs to upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and look.

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Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Although it’s an easy enough task, cleaning up gutters is messy and involves ascension on the roof. Avoid the chance of injury by hiring knowledgeable repairman with the correct tools and skill for the task. A repairman may also install gutter guards to forestall seasonal preventive .


Home Exterior Repairs

If you’ve got minor damage to your home’s exterior, like a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those things could  be a more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.

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Interior And Exterior Painting And Repairs

A handyman can be employed to repaint a wall or garage door, touch-up trim and scoff marks and repair little holes with compound. Remember, a handyman usually charges by the hour, thus larger jobs are typically better suited for an expert painting crew.

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Installing Light Fixtures, Pictures, Mirrors And Window Treatments

These small tasks can  simply be accomplished by a home-owner, however by hiring a handyman with the proper tools and skill will give you peace of mind that these wall-mounted objects  are safely and properly installed without damage.

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Useful Hiring Tips

Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:

1- Google Search.  Look up a variety of Handyman Services and Contractors in your area on the internet and popular social media sites like face book, twitter and pintrest.

2- Questions & Concerns.  Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!

3-  Quotes & Estimates. Ask for quotes, the more the better but be leery, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.

4- Are they legit?  Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a  registered company?

5-Are they insured?  Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.

6- Ask to see their work. Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask   for   before and after pictures.  Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is their work legitimate?

7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.

8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc.  You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!

9- First Impressions.   Company representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized  knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well-groomed,  answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable.  Trust your instincts. They’re always right.

10- References. Ask your handyman about his work experience, and his former clients. If he has a successful business doing odd jobs, he’ll most likely have a list of clients. You should call at least a few of these clients to get a good sense of his work ethic and the quality of his work.



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