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Handyman reviews in Lawrence

  • A
    Natural Breeze Remodeling
    I was extremely impressed with Natural Breeze! I worked mostly with Terry and Mike(lead carpenter), and although renovating is always stressful they made everything as seamless as possible. Terry provided honest feedback concerning the value of some of my project choices, he never once tried to push me to spend additional money and actually defaulted to less expensive options! Mike was genuine and always punctional, kept me informed along the way, and went above and beyond what I would have ever expected. The guys cleaned up and gave me as much of my home back every single day as they possibly could. There were a few bumps along the way, as I'm sure happens with every project(I've watched enough HGTV to know that!), but they were on it immediately. I always felt like they were there to advocate for me and never once questioned me or pushed back. I know they are not the cheap alternative in town, but I absolutely got the service and result that I was looking for. I will definitely use and recommend Natural Breeze for any future projects. Yes, I know it sounds goofy but they really are a breeze to work with.
    - kisha s.
  • A
    Randy The Handyman
    Randy got right to work the minute he arrived. Apparently, someone who had previously worked on the light short-cut the job and either lost a nut or just didn't put it back together correctly so that when I unscrewed the lamp bulb to replace it, the whole fixture loosened up. Randy took it completely apart and put it back together with a spare nut he had in his truck. Someone else would have probably tried to sell me a new fixture. It was refreshing to finally find a handyman who is honest, reliable and reasonable. I will definitely be calling him again. Almost forgot. He did charge me an extra $25 for the trip from Topeka to my home in Lawrence. He advised that this cost would go up to $50 in the future.
    - Michael M.
  • A
    Advanced Flooring
    Adam provided professional service at a reasonable price. Adam also coordinated with subcontractors (e.g. Electricians) as needed to get the job done. One of the most valuable and appreciated traits that Adam has is his responsiveness and good communication. Adam worked independently to achieve the project goals, communicated status at the end of each work day, and responded promptly to questions and inquiries. Adam did a great job on a range of projects and is a great resource for any home owner or landlord - he is on the top of my list of people to call when I have a project I need taken care of.
    - Christopher L.
  • A
    HONEY DO HANDYMAN
    He was very professional and communicative about materials needed. He listened to our preferences and did an excellent job. I am so happy to find a person who really knows what they are doing and is professional.
    - Lois Kay M.
  • F
    Renovation MD
    The initial job was done extremely poorly.  There were trowel marks, seams, uneven mud, and lose tape everywhere.  We also discovered that they did not nail in the corner bead anywhere.  We called them to come back to evaluate and fix all the drywall problems.  They sent someone else to re-do the job and it was done only slightly better.  Now 4 months later, nearly every seam in the walls and ceiling are showing and tape is coming off.  There are bumps, trowel marks and uneven finishes everywhere including around every light switch. This is the worst sheetrock finishing job we have ever seen!  We cannot fully describe how poor of a job this company did. In trying to contact them regarding them coming back to fix the work, we had to contact them numerous times before ever recieving a phone call back.  This happened every time we had to have them come back.  All in all, they had to redo their inital job 3 times.  The 3rd time, they hired an outside contractor to do the repairs.  Now over a year after they initially did the work, the seams are worse than ever.  Not one person returning to do the job right, did so.  We will have to hire another company to come back and completely start from scratch.  We had to repaint the entire basement 3 times now because every "fix" job had to be "re-fixed".  The only thing I will say is that the company did agree to give us a check for $500 to cover the cost of the paint and labor to repaint the basement. We specifically hired this part of our finishing to be done by a "professional" because we wanted to make sure it was done well.  In the end, we should've saved th $2600 and done it ourselves.
    - Carly B.
  • C
    Renovation MD
    I tried to call him 3 times and email him through Angie's List and he is ignoring my calls.  This door goes straight outside and so I have a door that anyone can walk right in.  So this needs to be fixed as soon as possible.  I am at risk without having a door on that will stay and lock.
    - Muthukumaran P.
  • A
    College Works Painting Kansas
    The team of young college students painters were superb (3: one "manager"and two general workers though all three did the work).  They were on time everyday (started by 8am) and stayed to late afternoon/early evening to get the job done.  They spent a great deal of time prepping the house (sanding, cleaning, caulking) and it has really paid off.  With the new paint, the house looks ten years newer.  The mess was kept to a minimum with very little paint ending up on foundation or patio.  The care put in to the trim and detail (shutters and window panes and sills) is the same I'd assume to get from a more experienced paint company.    
        Alex Bontz, the project manager, was incredibly focused and professional. He supervised every job his painters were given and often intervened in the middle of their work to inspect it and/or to offer advice or correct their method.  He kept me up to date with the process and always answered my calls (returned them) promptly. We had a problem with my color choices; the preliminary paint test proved way off the color of the swatches I had chosen. Alex returned to Sherwin Williams Paints and worked with their person to find the right color.  
       The price was also right, extremely fair for the work done, if not a bit underbid for the additional hours the crew had to put in to complete a quality, detailed job.  I really appreciated the care and work and Alex Bontz and his team and I would recommend these young men for any future painting project in the area.
    - Diane F.
  • D
    Renovation MD
    I give RenMD an overall grade of D because of the unfinished items. If everything was completed they would have received a C. 
    My initial feeling was that RenMD was not qualified (unable to produce photos of previous kitchen work). However we were running out of time and needed to get it started.
    As we got closer to spending 25K it was clear the job was not going to get done?Even after eliminating some major items like countertops, kitchen island, pantry shelving and the 20+ items mentioned below. 
    Job was canceled before completion. A list of unfinished work is detailed below. To be fair, I had RenMD put new siding on additional (approx 100 sq ft) location above the addition, which was not part of the bid.
    Overall quality was less than expected (new floor boards move up and down, new wall corners not square, some not even close). It?s hard to judge the finish work since most of it was not performed.
    PREJOB:
    Initial meetings went well, staff was cordial and able to discuss what was needed, but did not produce anything as far as a plan or any vague attempt to convey any details of the project. No finalized plan: No drawings, no blueprints, no sketches covering the details of the project (outlets, lightboxes, what?s removed, what stays & goes).  We received more drawings and plans from other contractors who didn?t get the job. The lack of a plan was a continuous burden throughout the project. Many decisions had to be made on the spot when client just happened to be there. These decisions were rushed and reduced the overall potential of the project. 
    In retrospect, I think RenMD was just going to go in and install cabinets over they old drywall, leave the outlets and do a minimal amount renovation. 
    CONSTRUCTION:
    Ren MD is paid by the hour. There is no incentive for efficiency and accountability. Client pays for mistakes, oversights and poor materials planning. Example 1:There is no incentive to prepare a materials list and consolidate trips to the store when client is paying for these supply runs. For the duration of the 4 week job there was an average of over 1 Home Depot run per day (15 minutes to the store + 15 minutes back + shopping time, all at $50/hr. Example 2: RenMD accidentally cuts a water line. Client pays for it to be fixed (then re-fixed with copper and solder). From the time of the original cut, clean-up, repair, rework there was potentially 3-6 hours in that situation alone?all of which is client paid. 
    We are very disappointed in RenMD and finding inadequacies on a weekly basis that eventually needed to be redone by client. Here are some of them:
    Trim Removal: Poorly handled trim, which is going to be reused, is scratched and thrown in a pile in the garage. Instead of keeping them organized and marking where it came from I have to pay someone $50/hr to figure out where it belongs, sand out and finish any scratches that originated from them being thrown into a pile. This goes back to hourly incentive and efficiency. Client had to organize and stack trim.
    Materials: Client paid an additional 10% on all materials, including cabinets & shelves and anything that was picked out by client prior to job start. That makes RenMD responsible for making sure the materials are correct when delivered. This was not done and resulted in a series of costly mistakes that prolonged the project and resulted in rework by RenMD, and later by Client.
    RenMd had the cabinets for at least a week in storage. No one checked to see if they were 1) the right size and, 2) if they were damaged. Two of the major cabinets were the wrong size, another was damaged, and several doors were damaged. Reordering cabinets added additional waiting time and ultimately additional costs of reworking already completed tasks (moving outlet, relocating gas line, delaying shelf placement). The new cabinet that replaced the broken cabinet is .25 inched taller that the rest which created problems for the counter that the client had to install.RenMD tried to fix broken cabinet with glue but result was not acceptable. RenMD replaced cabinet at no charge.
    Floating Shelves: Shelves were sitting in the kitchen for at least a week. Nobody checked to see the specified mounting requirements. All shelves required a specific number of contact points with the framing as described in the instructions located in the box of each shelf. In order to obtain the minimum required contact points areas in the framing behind drywall had to be reinforced, which was not done by RenMD. Client had to remove all the drywall (15? x 8?), reinforce studs, then re-sheetrock, mud, and finish. Client paid an additional 10% of the total cost of those shelves to RenMD.
    Floor Sanding: There are 12.5 hours of floor-sanding time logged in and the floor was far from done, not even close. I think they rented a flat vibrating sander instead of a drum sander. Floor had to be finished by client using a drum sander. It took my wife and I about 8 hours.
    SMALL THINGS:
    Outlets: They reused many of my old outlets. A 25K kitchen and they didn?t get a new $2 outlet that didn?t have paint all over it?  Nails: I had to continually pick up nails in my driveway and yard. There was no effort on their part. I don?t think they own a magnet. Still finding nails. New framing over the foam: New roof framing has been nailed over the exterior foam, not sure if this is correct but was assured this is OK. 
    UNFINISHED WORK:
    Client was left to finish the project. Here?s a list of the items that had to be done after reaching 25k:
    Remove NEW North drywall and add reinforcement for 6 shelves and hood.
    Re-Sheetrock N wall, tape, sand, mud, etc
    Sand remaining unsanded walls on N, W, and E walls
    Mud and sand to finish
    Install window trim
    Attend to 1/2 East wall (move cabinet, install outlet for kit light, mud, sand)
    Prime walls, Paint All
    Install Stove
    Hood install
    Shelves install (required tearing out N wall to add shelf reinforcements per shelf instructions) 
    Install NW cabinet and SE (replaced) cabinet (RenMD offered to do the SE cabinet)
    Relocate RenMD installed kitchen drain (too high), repair drywall access location
    Relocate RenMD installed gas line to accommodate stove being flush with wall (RenMD installed 1st time in wrong location, moved it over, still incorrect. Client moves third time)
    Purchase and Install counter top
    Purchase and Install sink
    Install dishwasher
    Install final trim on windows x4
    Varnish Window trim
    Install floor outlets
    Install final 6? floor board on west floor 
    Sand Floor
    Stain Floor
    Finish Floor
    Make Shelves for pantry
    Make Island
    Insulate under bay floor and cover with plywood
    Install, and finish sheetrock in basement
    Finish entry stairs (install trim, sand finish)
    Reinstall front floodlights
    - jonathan w.
  • A
    Honey-Do's Handyman Services Inc
    Joe was nice and extremely professional. He was responsive in answering questions and communicating throughout the process. The work he did was well done and on budget. I will definitely use him again for future jobs.
    - David D.
  • B
    Luke's Handyman Service
    Overall well done except did not come to finish. Tile floor was cracked down the middle and one of the tiles was cracked. I know I threw in a lot of details but some of them had to be done later or not done
    - Lori Z.
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