Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Experiences definitely arrive in multiple "parts".   In my opinion, the "worst" occur when inconsistency is involved.  You don't know what to expect on a given day:  great work or substandard-at-best.  That inconsistency is a major fail and a big headache.  

Mar 05, 2020 08:47 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have a Handyman named Joe and he started out as a client, and then I found out he was a Joe of all Trades.  Not only have I used him for my own personal work but have referred him to many of my clients.  Overall my experience has been positive.  Over the years he has bought and sold about 7 homes and we have become very good friends.

Mar 05, 2020 10:55 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I have had the same guy and his team for about 10 years.  Always exceed my expectations.  I'm fortunate....I know as are our clients. Plus...he's very reasonable.

Mar 05, 2020 10:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have several excellent handymen on my list of service providers. Can't say I've had a bad experience.

Mar 05, 2020 11:27 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Yes and yes! I prefer to use a licensed contractor when it comes to electrical and plumbing. I used a "handyman" recently to build some steps, they looked ok, NOT! All steps has to have the same distance, it showed the last step was 3/4 inches too short...

Mar 05, 2020 11:07 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Handymen never do plumbing or electrical for my clients, only licensed contractors do. Handymen are for the jobs too small for the contractors in my business. I prefer to use pros for your story's reason alone. But also to protect my time, reputation and liability.

Mar 05, 2020 11:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Yes, the handyman revolving door was always spinning around and around in Minot ND. Many more tallentless people out there then those who knew what they were doing Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate .

Mar 05, 2020 10:27 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Yes and Yes.  And it depends upon the location of  the work and scope in making a decision to call "handyman" or "professional"

Mar 05, 2020 10:15 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Yes, to both, but more "less than ideal" experiences.  Difficult to find many in any profession that actually take pride in their work these day, IMHO.

Mar 05, 2020 08:34 AM
Harjeet Bhatti
Home Mortgage Consultant 25 States

I had bad experience with handyman during renovation of my home. 

Mar 05, 2020 07:42 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Fred, I have the BEST handyman, and as a single girl, he is on speed dial.  He is older than me, so pretty darn slow, but his rates are great.

Mar 05, 2020 04:55 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Yes to both.  They can make a deal or break a deal.  The bad ones just don't show up and the good ones do what they say they will do in a timely manner at a decent price.

Mar 05, 2020 03:33 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Can't say I've had your situation but obviously plumbing was in this guys bags of tricks.

It's a roll of the dice with these guys.

Mar 05, 2020 02:29 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

Yes.....and YES...

Mar 05, 2020 10:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The world is full of" can do" and those who "pretend to know what they are doing"...every single profession does. Fortunately we have honed our pretender detector, and we have a good record sniffing those out.  A

Mar 05, 2020 10:38 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Have many dealings over the decades of the "good" and the not so "good". Currently I have been working with an ACE-guy the find of finds. We have passed him around to family and friends. We all win and are still winning

Mar 05, 2020 09:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good and bad.

Mar 05, 2020 08:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not hire "Handyman" for plumbing or electrical work.  If a trade professional botched a job ... that would be another story.

Mar 06, 2020 07:48 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Why yes we have!  Rudy V was a great handyman - very reasonably priced - did great work!  Then came the day that I received a text that he had an emergency to deal with - a "folded" living room - I presume he meant "flooded" - but never had the opportunity to ask him as he "vanished" after that text never to be seen again - by us at least!

Mar 06, 2020 07:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes and yes! Now I am more choosier on my choices for repairs.

Mar 06, 2020 05:14 AM
Rita Regev
Decorus Realty - Aventura, FL
Broker-Associate in Florida & soon in Arizona.

Hi Fred,

In South Florida, it is often times a matter of luck. Most handyment/GC's over promise and under deliver. I try to meet with a few before engaging them. Currently, I have a GC whom is on top of all of my projects and I hope the relationship continues positively.  If you need any help in the tri county area; Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, please reach out. 30% referral fee. 

Mar 07, 2020 10:26 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Mike is a fix it genius. He can take apart a jet engine and put it back together.  In college he built a jet engine test stand that is still being used 40 years later.

Handymen never want the job because Mike tells them how he wants it done...they get cold feet and don't send an estimate.

When we do hire someone, they have to be the expert in the business.



Mar 06, 2020 11:39 AM