||02-11-2012 06:27 PM
I'm in NW GA and bought a fixer upper 4 years ago. Have had lots of work done with mixed success. This was a booming area of building for a while but the market is severely depressed now and I think some of workers are willing to do things they really don't know how to do because they need work, so be careful.
I've paid 20-40/hour but have learned to get bids for the jobs since hourly workers aren't always the most efficient. When paying by hour, I always had to pay helpers extra. I'm a widow, only slightly knowledgeable about construction and was really fleeced by first guy I was paying by hour. I've found this site helpful so I know what to ask.
Be sure to use someone who is licensed and insured and verify with the insurance co and ck license . The first one lied about being insured and others have said they were contractors, but when I looked on Sec of state for license number, they weren't.
Tha National Assn of Remodelers (NARI) seems a good place to find them. I'm using one now to finish my basement and they are the most professional I've worked with and aren't that much higher..
I've found it's cheaper in the long run to pay a little more initially than pay to have it redone.