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Home Repair Summer Camp
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Kat in NJ    Posted 01-21-2003 at 11:37:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I posted a photo of my ancestral home here in the photo gallery so y'all can envision the family "estate" a little better!

After all the chimney tips and talk of repairs to do, I had an idea -- I think I'll start a summer camp -- one week's free room, board, and beach passes at the Jersey Shore in exchange for repair work.

Trying to get an honest tradesman that won't cheat me out of my eyeteeth around here seems to be virtually impossible. I lucked out on electricians and found a great one; the plumber skunked me, however. I had three bids on roofing last year and the guy who I called with a go-ahead, I never saw again. Handymen, forget it -- they don't exist. Or, if they do, they don't return phone calls!

Let this be a lesson to anyone out there who has a daughter: Tell her to forget about marrying that lawyer or accountant. Find a guy that knows how to build things! ;-)


Jim Adams    Posted 01-21-2003 at 13:57:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey !, don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I live
about the middle of this Great Nation and my story
sounds like a ditto of yours. The Carpenter/contractor who responded hit it right on the head. There is enough work that the good
ones can pick their jobs and that leaves the ones you don't want anyway. A No Show contractor left me with a lot of things that were to be repaired
and too late in the season to get anyone else.

carpenter/ contractor    Posted 01-21-2003 at 12:27:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is that slate on the roof? I've done a few jobs on the shore.It was usually just a week before, or after season. No traffic, retuarants are just working the bugs out of their menus. Very quiet and laid back, or at least it was that way a few years ago in Rehobeth Beach, Del. Beach towns don't tend to support a lot of tradesmen. My guess is that the good guys are very busy, and the others won't return calls because they can pick and choose their jobs too. I turned away work the entire time I spent on the shore. We had people stop and climb up scoffolding to beg us to patch up their places before season. You might want to talk to a local guy near you, and then dangle a carrot of
fair market pay plus a few days free stay at the house. That is what usually gets the good tradesmen out to the shore for a week or two. As for work in exchange for housing, it's too cheap. A good carpenter can rent a place there and not be bothered by a 'honey do' list that the owners husband won't (or can't) do... just my 2 cents worth- Mike D.

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-21-2003 at 12:58:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With summer rentals here starting at around $30,000 for the season, things have come to a pretty pass when carpenters can afford the rent while us local yokels can't get things fixed!

I know people that probably were the ones climbing the scaffold, begging you to come work. With all the good farmland here in Jersey being plowed under by developers building scads of big, ugly drug-money houses, the carpenters would rather build from scratch than fix anything.It is a dilemma for us little homeowners!

And, yes, part of the roof is slate -- that's a sort of bogus gambrel effect where the slate is. The upper slope that doesn't show is shingled. Eventually, I'd like to get dormers where the upper windows are, with casement windows and continue the slate out on the dormer roofs. Once everything that needs fixing, is fixed, that is!

again    Posted 01-21-2003 at 13:54:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat I never implied a good carpenter would rent a house for an entire season and pay 30K for it. Where in the heck did that come from?

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-21-2003 at 14:11:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Spring Lake, no one lets their summer rentals by the week, only for the season (although I suspect there is some subletting that goes on). And the going rate has been $30,000 and up! In nearby Manasquan and Belmar, the rate has been around $2,000/$3,000 a week for a bungalow. Although last year everybody with rentals took a hit with the slow economy, so prices may be down this summer.

Mike D    Posted 01-21-2003 at 14:29:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
My guess is that you will have trouble finding anybody willing to help you.

LL    Posted 01-21-2003 at 11:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
How are you all fixed for bricklayers up there?

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-21-2003 at 12:20:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The only bricklayer I've met had his summer home here, two blocks from the ocean. His year-round residence was in Westchester County, New York. By this, I can only draw the conclusion that bricklayers are few and far between and making money when they can afford two houses!

LL    Posted 01-21-2003 at 13:12:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
The houses were probably home made brick houses. When a bricklayer don't have a job he can lay brick on his own house.

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