Keith Handyman Service
It’s free with no obligation to hire
Hired 104 times
7 years in business
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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
Bookcases- Wayne 2019
Dog crate as furniture
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Areas needing carpentry help
Cabinets, shelves, or bookcases,
Outdoor animal enclosure,
Deck, porch, or balcony,
Baseboards and/or crown molding,
Garage, carport, or shed,
Soffit or fascia,
Gazebo or pergola
Custom Furniture Building
Do not pay Michael progress payments!!! He took my money and didn't complete the mutually agreed project. I hired Michael to stain and fix two sets of doors so they would close properly for $750. He stained the outside of the first set of doors decently, he stained the inside of the first set of doors ok, he stained the outside of the second set of doors poorly, unfinished (shown in photo) and he then gave up, went home and didn't stain the inside of the second set of doors. He didn't make any repairs to the doors, except taking the broken bottom sliding latch from the front doors and keeping it. It should of been warning bell he wasn't a trained carpenter when he started staining the doors before the repairs on doors had been made, except I just didnt have the time to manage him. I spoke to Michael and he wanted $400 as a progress payment for the work he had completed, he told me his car was broken down and he needed money. I thought this a bit odd and it was way more than he had done but he seemed reliable and a nice guy so I paid him $200 and he said he would finish the job. I was out of the country for a week and returned to 4 text messages over the week from him asking for "progress payments" for the original work he had done, no more had been done. I called him and we went over what had been done and what was needed to be done to complete the job, we were in agreement. I encouraged him to complete, emphasizing the good parts of the stain and asked him to fix/ finish the rest of the job and said it would look good when done. He said he would come to finish the job the coming Saturday, As he seemed a nice enough guy and I wanted to encourage him to finish the job, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and paid him another $175. He said he would come the coming Saturday and finish the job. On the Friday when I reminded him to come Saturday, he made an excuse and said he would come a week later. Michael then stopped answering my texts and phone calls and it was only when I reminded him I still hadn't done his review on thumbtack, he replied. I got a message full of excuses why he took my money and hadn't returned and finished the job. They included his own time management of driving to the job and his very odd view of what percentage of the job was complete and how that justified taking money when not fulfilling a very clear agreement between us. I replied that all of this was irrelevant to our agreement and to come finish the job and get paid, he didn't reply. So here we are 3 months later, I've paid 50% of the quoted job to have some average staining half done and no carpentry work done. His positive reviews look like from small short handyman jobs. So if you do hire Michael I would just hire him for short handyman jobs, completed in 1-3 hours. Then pay him at the end of the day, that way there will be no disagreement of his travel arrangements, him having to quote correctly and % of job progress payments demands. Don't do 1-2 day job with carpentry, I actually suspect he may not of had the skills to complete this job and that is the real reason for all the excuses and the wasting of my time. I just wish I could of got the job completed :(Oct 21, 2019VerifiedKeith Handyman Service's reply
First let's define progress payment. It's for work already completed when a project will take some time. I never asked for anything that had not already been provided. All sides of the doors (including the surround wood which was nearly 12 feet high) was stripped, sanded, stained as needed and a weather resistant seal coating applied. I had invested over $100 in materials and 30 hours labor. (done over 3 different days). I have been paid $375 total for this work. The doors: The doors are about 100 years old and had not been taken care of. The second set of doors shown in his photographs were apparently repaired over that time with some sort of panel board, not actual wood. It would not finish as real wood would have. The inner most door surfaces were refinished as close to the original finish as possible in keeping with the historic aspect of the house. Mr. Mc Ewan cannot know the scope of my work or what skills I possess. He did not meet with me on the original assessment of the project or any of the subsequent days of work (4 occasions) two of which were on Saturdays. I don't know what he looks like or anything about him. This was a rental property so I don't even know where he lives. Collecting a final payment under these circumstances can sometimes be problematic. Hence, the request for a progress payment. I have 52 reviews, 49 of which are 5 star over 3 years of association with Thumbtack. They represent a wide variety of projects and skills. Only half of my hires have done reviews. I have considerable work outside of Thumbtack with is not reflected in either the number of hires or reviews contained here. Mr. Mc Ewan's review is unfortunately one of the very few less than 5 star ratings. I have included my photos of the project in my profile section if anyone would like to look.
Mike was and is a very nice person, work quality is great, calls and keeps in touch with you, show’s up when he says he will and his pricing is fair. I will absolutely use him again.Nov 3, 2019Verified
Michael does fantastic work at a reasonable price point. We needed built in shelving for several rooms and he came up with excellent design ideas and then built and installed the units with minimum fuss and with excellent quality. Highly recommend.Dec 21, 2019Verified
Very pleased with the service provided! Exceptional work and professionalism. Looking forward to working with him again in the near future.Oct 28, 2019Verified
Mike was Great at responding and getting back to me on my needs of repairing some drawers of my dresser. He told me when he was going to come and showed up on time and did an excellent job!Jul 8, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Most have found my prices very reasonable and typically lower that other providers. I do not mark up materials - I charge what I pay and offer receipts.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I can quote your project or give an estimate of doing the work on a time and materials basis. Hourly work varies between $35 and $45 per hour depending on the skill level required. I will be happy to work within your budget. Wherever possible, I prefer to inspect a job before I quote so as to give the most reasonable price possible. Depending on the travel distance and the simplicity of the job I do phone or email quotes based on the project description.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have worked with all types of customers on simple and complex projects. I always take the time to fully understand the needs and wants of the client and often make suggestion to save money or improve the outcome.