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5. R.W. Allen Construction
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5.0 (3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Gainesville, FL
"So where to begin! I first want to say that this guy is DEDICATED, he does not stop till the job is done, no excuses, no bs, just excellent care to the job he is doing, no matter what it is. He is working on my moms main bathroom, there was severe water damage, from the roof leaking into the side of the walls, causing severe damage to her older wood home. I noticed the floor around the toilet was soft and about to go and she was EXTREMELY lucky her landlord called Ricky! Not only is this guy extremely knowledgable, he is probably the most professional "handy man" I have met. The whole bathroom has to be redone, from the ground up, literally. So the first day was basically demo, and seeing what they had to work with because you really dont know what you have until you are in there. Ricky told moms landlord that there was more damage and on top of it, termites starting to eat up the wood. Her landlord did not want to have to deal with the termites, and wanted Ricky putting a piece of wood over it, he refused and treated it himself, with his crew without charging the landlord, because he said that that is a reflection on him, and that was my first indication he was a good man to hire. One thing after another has caused delays for him, absolutely NOTHING to do with him or his employees. He was here every minute and even HOURS after his crew left. Because the plumber left my mom with no usuable bathroom, and could not be back till the next day. Rickey sent his crew home, and stayed, put a toilet in for my mom, JUST FOR THE NIGHT, something he absolutely did not have to do for her, because it wasn't something he was contracted for. But I want you to get an idea of what kind of character a man has to do work, he was not paid for. Just to ensure his customer was safe, and comfortable. This to me spoke volumes and I knew I wanted to share with you guys our experience so you do not give ANYONE ELSE besides Ricky and his boys, your money to do a job. They started three days ago, and would be finished if the plumber wasnt almost a whole day late,(the issues where NOT at all related to Ricky or R.W. Allen Construction but whether the plumber or unforeseen issues like termites), and they didnt have to fix the things the landlord should have done and refused so he did it on his own and my family and I have been paying attention to it! Him and his crews attention to detail is amazing, things I would have never noticed but they did, and corrected it without hesitation. One of his leads, told me, my moms bathroom sank 3 and half inches, and he had to jack it up just to get started doing anything. That was scary, i have a disabled sister that lives there, and could have been seriously injured and now we can rest easy knowing when him and the crew is done, it will be better than we could possibly imagine. Today, Ricky the owner was here all day by himself doing the tiles and small details, like I said my moms bathroom is not large, but there was so much that needed to be done I am absolutely amazed by the amount of time they have had and the amount that is already done. The toilet works perfectly, like I said he hooked that up at the last minute for us last night, because the landlord didnt care she had no functioning toilet so he was here till after 9:00 last night doing that for her when he absolutely did not have too. And again, today he stayed till after 9:00 finishing up for us, so it gets done, even though it was the plumbers fault, he spent hours here I know for certain he could not have been paid for. He even got on his knees and cleaned up my mommas floor tonight before he left, even when we tried to tell him not to worry! I am telling you all these little details, because I think it speaks VOLUMES of this man's work ethic and character. I don't know that there is anything him or his crew could not do, they are amazing and it's more than likely because they have an amazing boss, that always helps! If you are looking to get home improvements done, or anything in between give R.W. Allen Construction LLC. a call, and I promise you, you will not be disappointed and like us, you will find your "go to" crew when things fall apart, or we need some new upgrades, they will be our #1 pick for sure! They are not completely done, but I was THAT impressed by their workmanship that I was compelled to come share with you guys so hopefully you get the chance to pick them also. First photo is after Demo Day, second pic is 3rd day in after plumber FINALLY did his job, and we are so happy and we know you will be too. I will come and update the photos when hes done, and give you the complete after look! But don't just take my word for it, GIVE THIS MAN A CALL!!"
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What does a handyman do?

A handyman is a skilled laborer who provides basic home repairs. Anyone can call themselves a handyman, although most who do so are skilled with repairs and home projects. Reading reviews is a good way to determine their fitness for your job. The tasks a handyman can perform include assembling furniture, painting interiors and exteriors, repairing fences, repairing broken doors or replacing trim, hanging lights, hooking up appliances, and much more. Handymen may have flat fees for certain services, or charge an hourly rate. Handyman rates are often lower than those of a contractor, as they don’t have the same specialization. Some states have no limit on the work a handyman can perform, while others do. For example, California’s Building and Professions Code section 7048 (small operations) permits handymen to provide work similar to that of a contractor (floor installation, painting, etc.) provided the total cost of labor and materials does not exceed $500. A handyman is a great resource for minor home repairs at a lower cost than a licensed contractor, but for more complex projects, it pays to hire a specialized contractor. Fore more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good handyman?

Finding a good handyman can change your life. Within days, the endless list of insurmountable tasks that were either out of your skill range or impossible to fit into your busy schedule can be completed. If you know you want help but aren’t sure how to hire the right pro, ask these questions to find the right fit:

  • What is your work experience? If you are putting in a tile backsplash, you want someone experienced with the task, not someone who generally does painting and junk removal.
  • How much do you charge? Handymen often charge hourly rates that vary based on the complexity of the task they’re hired to do, as well as flat rates for standard jobs. Be clear about what they’ll charge before you hire them.
    • On that note, discuss payment details. It’s wise not to pay all the money up front, especially for larger projects. You may be able to pay a deposit for materials and pay the remainder upon project completion.
  • How long will the job take you to complete? If the handyman is as busy as you are and a fence repair is going to take months, you should probably find another qualified handyman for the job.

Read client reviews and follow up with references to make sure you’re choosing the right handyman for your projects. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

In some states, a handyman can provide plumbing services, but it may be in your best interest to call a plumber, particularly for issues more major than unclogging a drain or attaching a new sink. Hiring a plumber is important because mishandling your water and gas lines has the potential to do great damage to your home, your family’s health, or even the safety of your neighborhood. A handyman is not legally required to have any training or licensing in plumbing matters, while a licensed plumber has undergone years of education and on-the-job training. In some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover damage caused by plumbing repair done by an unlicensed handyman.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most plumbers learn their trade through a four- or five-year apprenticeship with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. They also receive classroom education including “safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers … are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own,” according to the DOL. Licensed plumbers should do continuing education to keep abreast of safety and technology changes. Poor plumbing can lead to sewage backups, a flooded home or even natural gas leaks, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a specialized professional.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. A handyman performs general maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial properties. A handyman may charge a flat fee for standard services that take a predictable amount of time, such as installing a new appliance, as well as an hourly rate for larger projects such as digging out and replacing a rotted fence post. A cost-saving strategy when hiring a handyman is to bundle all the tasks you want them to do into one visit to make the most of any minimum service fee. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. Pricing will depend on skill and experience required for the job, as well as regional labor rates. Here are a few examples of average handyman flat rates.

  • Attic ladder replacement: $150.
  • Toilet replacement: $75.
  • Ceiling fan and light fixtures: $75.
  • Faucet replacement: $125.
  • Garbage disposal: $75.
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