Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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We’re Expanding Our Service Area!

As our team and  business have grown over the years, we have added several team members that live south of Tarrant County, now enabling us to offer our services to parts of

Hood, Johnson, and Ellis Counties!

This includes Midlothian, Cleburne, Granbury, Willow Park, Aledo, and surrounding cities.

If you know someone that lives in these areas and needs Design-Build or Handyman services, be sure to pass on our name! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Your Holiday Handyman!

2019 is quickly coming to a close, which means the holidays will be here before we know it! This time of year is exciting, but tends to be very hectic. The joys of the season also come with the stress of planning for family time, preparing for upcoming travel, and meeting work deadlines; not to mention there is often a long list of things that need to be repaired, replaced, or updated around the house before holiday guests arrive. That’s where our handyman division steps in!

Mike’s Guys Handyman & Exteriors is here to help with all of the small home projects you need to get done prior to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. These projects can include: Read more

Vendor Spotlight: Moore Supply Co / The Bath & Kitchen Showplace

If there’s one thing that we all know, it’s that home remodeling is not a one-person job! As we have mentioned many times before, the Medford Team is beyond grateful for all of our fantastic trade professionals, vendors, and suppliers that work with us on a regular basis. It would not be possible to complete our high-quality projects without them! Many of these individuals have worked with us for over 20 years and have developed trusted relationships and meaningful friendships with each of us. As a luxury remodeler, we require those that work with us to maintain a high level of pride in what they do; we wholeheartedly believe that the qualities of our final products are directly related to the individuals we choose to work with, so when we say we have a GREAT team, we mean it! Read more

Mike’s Guys Handyman: How Does it Work?

If you’ve done any work with the Medford Team recently, or if you follow us on social media, you have likely heard about our Handyman division — Mike’s Guys Handyman & Construction. For 30+ years, our design-build team has provided custom design packages and quality construction for large-scale home remodels. The inclusion of Mike’s Guys allows us to better meet the needs of our clients that need help with smaller projects such as home repairs, maintenance, and installations. Read more

3 Steps to Creating a Budget for Your Major Remodeling Project

As exciting as it is to remodel your home, one thing that has to be considered beforehand is a realistic budget. No one likes to talk money up front, but trust us, it’s better to establish your financial parameters as a first step rather than a last step! With all of the inspiring home renovation shows and pretty home transformation photos on Pinterest, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a potential remodel. Unfortunately, those TV shoes and online photos almost never tell the whole story, nor do they go into the details of actual project costs. For that reason, the picture of a high-end luxury remodel at an astoundingly low cost is painted in the mind of the consumer, creating a serious case of sticker-shock when the real price quotes are presented! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Installing New Exterior Doors

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One of the most popular requests we receive by our handyman division, Mike’s Guys, is for exterior door replacement. Often times, exterior doors and trim need replacing due to years of wear and tear from the elements, usually including water damage. It might sound simple to take out an old door and pop in a new one, but it is actually one of the more complex handyman services we offer. There are a lot of variables when it comes to door replacements, such as the width of the jamb, the type of casing, the trim, and bore specifications. There is even more to take into consideration if the existing door is rotten because water is coming in where it shouldn’t – this requires us to determine the cause of the issue and fix it prior to installing the replacement door. Of course, there are companies out there that would install a new door without fixing any underlying issues first, but who wants to put a band-aid on something that will only cause the same problem a year or so down the road?!
 
 
Exterior door installation requests are not always in relation to damaged doors, however. We also get requests to install sliding patio doors or traditional French doors where there is not already an existing door. This request may be to install the door in place of a set of windows, or just in a desired location on an exterior wall.
 
 
Here is an example of a French door installation we did for a client that wanted to access the backyard from the master bedroom:
 
 

 
 

 
 
If you are interested in having new exterior doors installed, or if you need to replace some damaged ones, our team would be happy to help! The quickest option we offer for quoting this type of project is a virtual estimate: simply snap some photos of your existing problem doors or of the wall you’d like to install a door in and email them to us for a quote. We’ll need the approximate width and height of the doors, along with interior and exterior photos. If you’d like to proceed with the quote we provide, we’re happy to completely manage the project going forward. We’ll send one of our handymen out to take hard measurements, source and order the door, complete installation once it’s delivered, and finish out the door with painting. We’re happy to consider ourselves a ‘one-stop-shop’ for door installations, making it easier on you as the homeowner while allowing us to provide the highest level of quality workmanship!
 
 
We can also offer assistance with other types of door installations, such as interior doors, barn doors, and decorative iron doors. Contact us today for more information!
 
 
Warm Regards,
 
Mike’s Guys
 
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Our August 2017 Newsletter

 
 

 
 
Our featured project this month is a master bathroom remodel that includes some handicap accessible features, such as a widened, doorless shower with a wheelchair ramp and a handicap accessible vanity. These features, along with the upgraded look and improved layout of the space, have created a beautiful, spa-like bathroom that the clients can comfortably use for years to come!
 
 

 
 

Dated Master Bathroom Gets a Spa-Like Upgrade

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Don’t Miss this Sunroom Deal! Our January 2017 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Happy New Year from Medford Remodeling! We hope you and your family had a fantastic holiday season. We are excited to get a fresh start on 2017 and build new, lasting relationships with our clients. Whether you need small repairs done around the house or a major ‘full gut’ remodel, we hope you’ll keep us in mind throughout the year and remember to refer us to your friends and family!

 
 

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Happy Holidays from Medford Remodeling! Our December 2016 Newsletter

The Medford Remodeling Team and our families would like to wish you the happiest of holidays! We are incredibly thankful for the business, referrals and kind words we have continued to receive from our clients this year. Please be safe the remainder of 2016 and keep us in mind for your future home remodeling needs! We look forward to working with you in 2017!

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