Posted 06-20-2004 at 16:29:36
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Fawteen hit on a good point but I personally have had fairly good luck with work for rent trades.
I have never had any better luck finding skilled workers to do repairs when I'm paying them cash than I have had doing the work swap off.
From what I've had happen on rentor houses I would add:
1. No matter if you are paying the labor or trading the labor for rent make a written agreement that both of you can live with and then both parties sign it AND have it notorized.
2. In the agreement have a set list of repairs you expect with a completion date for those repairs and a set rent allowance for whatever duration.
Since the house is useless in the shape it's in now don't go in with any over expectations of quick improvements and always allow some room for screwups and misfigures on cost and time from both parties side of the repairs.
It aint all that bad with some sort of beginning agreement but you do have to stay right on top of it.