Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not like to call contractors who charge by the hour. I would call and ask them if they also give estimates for the entire job. In that case I would check references and the work done and if I give their name to someone I would tell them that i have not yet worked with this person and they should do their due diligence too. 

Nov 12, 2015 08:58 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I stick with reliable contractors for those who need names and suggestions.  They put in bids on jobs prior to being hired.

Nov 12, 2015 07:13 PM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Don't know about others here, but we've never paid any contractor on an hourly basis. We always get bids for any projects we do, and also build in time of delivery and non-performance clauses in our contracts just in case they decide to string things out or skip town.

Nov 12, 2015 06:33 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Would call if there was a need.  Would check them out thoroughly before engaging them.

Nov 12, 2015 11:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would prefer to use the contractors with whom I have a existing working relationship.

Nov 12, 2015 10:29 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

If it is a remodel why would it not include the electrical in the estimate.

As to the discount a definite no as if their services were that good they would be fairly priced.

Nov 12, 2015 10:05 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, I wouldn't call that contractor..... a desperate contractor is desperate for a reason...

Nov 12, 2015 10:04 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Annette. A cheap or discount price has cost many a lot more money in the long run. I have a select few contractors that I refer, as I trust them and their work.

Nov 12, 2015 05:40 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Friday morning Annette. IMHO, it would be better to get a bid price rather than an hourly price

Nov 12, 2015 05:24 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Annette - If I could see a portfolio of their work performed, and could speak with a few references, I might give them a call. Also depends on what their normal rate is compared to the going rate for same services.

Nov 12, 2015 02:13 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have seen a flyer sent to me offering first 4 hours free of charge.

Many agents will offer free staging as the competion is fierce....

Nov 12, 2015 12:57 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I would definitely check out the contractor and if he turned out to be legit I'd take him up on the offer.

Nov 12, 2015 12:57 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most likely yes but I would make a few phone calls first.

Nov 12, 2015 11:37 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't recommend contractors to clients either as a general rule.  If the buyer doesn't like their work, it could come back to bite you.

Nov 12, 2015 11:02 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would check references first and if they checked out then I would say sure I will give you a try. The discount alone isn't enough to convince me without talking to others.

Nov 12, 2015 09:27 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That would make me suspicious.

Nov 12, 2015 07:13 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I don't hire contractors on a time and expense basis and I don't recomment T & E contractors to my Clients, relatives or friends. Better to know up front how much the job will cost, how long it will take to complete and what grade materials will be used. 

Nov 12, 2015 07:10 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

It's hard to find available contractors here so I would check out his references, etc. to see if he should be on my list.

Nov 12, 2015 06:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Phone calls are cheap and I would cross all my Ts and dot my Is to help my clients...

Nov 12, 2015 06:36 AM