Re: Repair Costs & first deal (newbie again) - Posted by Tim
Posted by Tim on August 17, 2003 at 13:37:26:
Well sounds like a good project but definatly do-able. You can build the steps yourself, they make a 5/4 deck board now that is pretty cost efficient and is already weather treated. Check home depot or a similar store for this. I have bought used but in good condition skirting from PM’s and owners before from homes that have been moved etc…might be something to ask your friendly PM about before plunking down for new. If the floor is halfway decent you can usually go with another layer of subfloor over the exisiting which will save alot of time. (Pull off the floor coverings first and lay wood to wood. Use liquid nails and alot of screws to make it solid. Sometimes carpet can be cleaned and reused, but if it needs replaced checked the remenants at your local store. I have found piece big enough for a mobile that most stick built homes would consider waste. And you can usually get a good deal. For the work you do yourself just figure what you need to make an hour (be reasonable) and this is what you “bill yourself” to have the costs. I actually run a handyman business as well, so my handyan business “bills” me persoanlly for the work I do on mobile homes for tax purposes. I would be surprised if you find an electrician or plumber to come for an hour or two, they aren’t much for doing only the parts you can’t do, they usually want to do the whole deal or not be responsible. Plumbing is easy, and in most jurisdictions you can do your own stuff w/o being licenced etc. Might be worthwhile to buy some books (you can buy alot for what a plumber charges) and learn to do it yourself. You don’t mention what you need for electrical work, but its straightforward as well.
P.S. Mobile homes are the easiest plumbing you’ll ever do…Everything is easily accessable without tearing out walls. Worst I have had to do to get to a pipe in a mobile is take down a piece of paneling.
I am a newbie to this sales business as well, but done the repairs and maintence side for years on mobiles and SFH. Be happy to offer any advice I can.