One of my rental houses needed work and TLC after the 11+ year tenants moved out. I needed help and found Thumbtack online and thought I’d give it a try. I put out my request along with a long list of items I needed someone to do. I received five excellent responses and selected Advanced Handyman LLC. Ernest came out to look at the house and he gave me an estimate for the job. The house had a leak in the dining/kitchen area that was fixed over a year and half ago but the current tenant preferred that I not fix it while they were living there. A good bit of the ceiling had to be removed and Ernest and his helper, Tim, discovered and showed me a section of the ceiling that needed shoring up and repair before putting in new insulation and drywall. Tim did a great job plastering and feathering out the small dip in the ceiling and the finished ceiling looks as good as new (See before and after pictures). I also had them paint the entire first floor (some of this required re-plastering a wall or two) basic white for the walls and a grayer white for the windows, doors and door trim, hallway cabinets, etc. Painting included, two bedrooms, living room, two hallways, stair walls to 2nd floor, kitchen and dining room.
Advanced Handyman LLC also sanded and painted all the kitchen cabinets, drawers, and framing. The kitchen cabinets were made by Valley Cabinet new in 1997 and the last tenant was very hard on them. Valley Cabinet gave me free replacement hardware for some of the hinges that broke. The painted particle board cabinet faces and drawers needed attention – the kitchen cabinets, drawers, and framing was sanded and repainted in the same color (matched at Sherman Williams). This was a huge job and now they look as good as new. Ernest did a great job covering the engineered wood floors in dining and kitchen area and the hardwood floors everywhere else. Not having to work around a tenant was the way to do this and Advanced Handyman kept to the timeline — though I kept adding to what I wanted them to do — so this added to the time it took to finish. Ernest’s wife cleans houses and helped him a few times and Ernest said she suggested that I might want to redo the first floor tub and shower surround. The tub and toilet were 70’s avocado green and I agreed it was in need of an upgrade. I got a bid from Ernest to do this and I bought a shower surround and decided to just make it into a walk-in shower (there was still the tub and shower upstairs). They did a terrific job, fixing little things along the way. I also decided to have them put in new high-seat toilets and new bathroom subfloor and vinyl in both bathrooms (though Bayview Flooring, where I bought the flooring installed the upstairs flooring since I bought the material from them). Ernest is great with plumbing.
There were also many smaller jobs like: making doors close better, fixing drawers, putting up new ceiling lights, trimming out a built-in book shelf, fixing and adding wall base trim, and hauling away all the trash.
Another job I hired Advanced Handyman was to prime and paint all the walls in the basement and put up some shelves I had up onto the walls. It all looks so much better.
Ernest and Tim did an excellent job on everything they worked on for me and I recommend Advanced Handyman LLC in a heartbeat.
Advanced Handyman LLC worked to get the house move-in ready. I was able to advertise the house for rent on Craig’s List and after showing it a few times I was able to select a new renter and we just signed the contract.
Thank you Advanced Handyman LLC. You know I will call you in the future.