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5 Signs You Need a Handyman: An Interview with Larry Bauer of Bauer Handyman Services

By Larry Bauer

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I do a lot of small jobs for customers and also remodeling of bathrooms and kitchens. I can do just about anything except roofs.

What are some of the most common home repairs that people put off fixing?

They put off repairing the water damage around the doors of the shower and the walls at the bottom and end of the tubs. They also do not keep the corners of the shower and tubs caulked.

Can you give an example of when putting off a home repair might be dangerous or end up costing more money?

When you don't keep the corners caulked in the showers, water can get behind the tile and cause the walls to become damaged; they can cave in. A $10 tub of caulk has just cost you $5,000 to $10,000 or more in repairs.

Are there any home repairs or remodels that the average homeowner should not attempt to do on their own?

Putting up ceiling fans, replacing damaged drywall, hanging closet shelves and repairing the wheels on sliding glass doors.

What are some house repairs or projects that can be more challenging than they first appear to be?

Remodeling kitchens and baths. When removing walls and ceiling wiring and plumbing, take the shortest path to move them and keep it up to code.

What advice can you give to help homeowners choose a reliable general contractor?

Make sure they are a state certified contractor. A lot of handymen only have a license that says they can have a business in that county. A tax receipt!

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

They can call me at 813-737-5544, email: larry@bauerhandyman.com or check the website

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