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Introduction: My name is sam, PLEASE READ!!!!! if you contact me directly I will reply in minutes, if you don't respond please do not contact me again its a waste of time thanks! here's a little something if you think my prices are to high A CONVERSATION ABOUT PERCEIVED VALUE: A customer asked how much it would cost to do this project. My friend gave him a proposal: $4500 The customer responded: That’s seems really high. My friend asked: What do you think is a reasonable price for this job? The customer answered: $2500 maximum My friend responded: Ok, then I invite you to do it yourself. The customer answered: I don't know how to. My friend responded: Alright, then how about for $2500 I'll teach you how to. So besides saving you $2000, you'll learn valuable skills that will benefit you in the future. The customer answered: Sounds good! Let’s do it! My friend responded: Great! To get started, you are going to need some tools. You will need a chop saw, table saw, cordless drill, bit set, router, skill saw, jig saw, tool belt, hammer, etc.. The customer answered: But I don't have any of those tools and I can't justify buying all of these for one job. My friend responded: Ok. Well then for an additional $300 I can rent my tools to you to use for this project. The customer answered: Okay. That’s fair. My friend responded: Great! We will start the project on Monday. The customer answered: I work Monday through Friday. I’m only available on the weekends. My friend responded: If you want to learn from me then you will need to work when I work. This project will take 3 days so you will need to take 3 days off work. The customer answered: That means I’m going to have to sacrifice my pay for 3 days or use my vacation time! My friend responded: That’s true. Remember, when you do a job yourself you need to account for unproductive factors. The customer answered: What do you mean by that? My friend responded: Doing a job completely from start to finish includes time spent to plan the project, pick up materials, travel time, gas, set up time, clean up, and waste disposal amongst other things. That’s all in addition to the actual project itself. And speaking of materials, that’s where we will start on Monday so I need you to meet me at the lumberyard at 6:00am. The customer answered: At 6am?!! My work day doesn’t usually start until 8am! My friend responded: Well then you’re in luck! My plan is to start on the deck build by 8am. But to do so we have to start at 6am to get materials picked up, loaded and delivered to your job site. The customer answered: You know, I’m realizing that a lot more goes in to a job than what a customer sees in the finished project. Your proposal of $4500 is very reasonable. I would like you to handle the project. CONCLUSION: When you pay for a job, especially a custom job, (whether it’s a physical project or digital project) you pay not only for the material and the work to be completed. You also pay for: ✔️ Knowledge ✔️ Experience ✔️ Custom Skills ✔️ Tools ✔️ Time to plan ✔️ Time to prepare ✔️ Professionalism ✔️ Work Ethic ✔️ Excellence ✔️ Discipline ✔️ Commitment ✔️ Integrity ✔️ Taxes ✔️ Licenses ✔️ Sacrifices ✔️ Liabilities ✔️ Insurance If you request a proposal for custom work to be done, please don’t disrespect a service provider by trying to get them to lower their prices. If their proposal exceeds your budget, there’s nothing wrong with getting other proposals. Just remember.. you get what you pay for. 👉🏼 SERVICE PROVIDERS: Know your worth and be confident in it. 👉🏼 CONSUMERS: Recognize their worth and be respectful of it. Sharing this to support all my friends, family and clients who are Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and Tradesman.

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Claudia W.
1 month ago

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Sam is very personable and knowledgeable. He was able to start our deck project promptly and finish it in the time frame he promised. We have hired him for several projects and he will continue to be our go-to person for whatever fixin’ our old house might require in the future!

Details: Replacement of entire portions of deck or porch • Wood • Residential

Deck or Porch Repair
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Taylor K.
Nov 17, 2023

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Sammi did a great job hanging our Christmas lights. The lights are hung neatly and look great. He was easy to communicate with and responded quickly. Would absolutely hire again.

Details: Installation and removal • Front yard • Exterior of property - ground level • Roof • No, I will provide the lights myself • 1,000 - 2,000 sq ft • Residential

Holiday Lighting Installation and Removal
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Jan 26, 2023

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Sam came to my home the approximate time we agreed on, went right to work and his knowledge and workmanship proved him to be a worthy installer of my new 65 " Smart Samsung TV above my fireplace. I had a friend here to help him steady the TV in position as Sam, the self-employed owner of Shorty's Handyman Service, attached it properly. I did wonder though, if my friend was helpful or a hinderance to Sam's Contracted Project in my home. He also paired my new tv remote to the new tv, being technically challenged, I was greatful for that. Sam said he also does carpentry work, builds decks, some remodeling, etc, so I shall keep his card and make referrals to my friends to give him a call for an estimate for various types of handyman services.

Details: Wall mount above fireplace • Not sure, need professional's help to determine • Yes, already have a mount/stand • Swivel • Cable/satellite box • None

TV Mounting
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Sheldon H.
Sep 22, 2023

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Sammy is awesome. He’s very laid back, professional but also honest and direct as needed. He worked extremely hard over several days to get the LVP flooring installed in my home with painstaking attention to detail. I will definitely be looking to him for my future projects!

Details: Luxury vinyl flooring • 1,001 - 1,500 sq ft • Solid wood • I have already purchased the materials • Home

Floor Installation or Replacement
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Taylor M.
Sep 12, 2023

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I can not say enough good things about Sam! He was and is amazing and can do anything! His work blew me away. He is always prepared and amazing to work with. I was actually pretty sad to see him go after his work was finished. His knowledge that he has is great because I had a ton of questions. He never judges and happy to help with anything. I would 100 percent recommend him to do whatever work you need done. His responses were right away. He cares about his work and he wants it done perfectly. He is so kind and professional. There is so much more great things to say. He is definitely worth the price you pay. His pricing is very reasonable in my eyes because his work is so good! Thank you so much for everything Sam! 💙

Details: Luxury vinyl flooring • 501 - 750 sq ft • Laminate • I will purchase the materials • Home

Floor Installation or Replacement
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