I’m a pretty handy guy, a few years ago I decided to spend some time flipping a few houses. I did a lot of the work myself, I framed the basement, did the HVAC and electrical work and installed the plumbing. There are a couple of tasks which I refuse to do though – painting and mudding & taping.
I’m significantly slower than a lot of contractors, for example it might take me twice the time as an HVAC guy to do all the ductwork. However, with that said I know they’re charging me anywhere between $80-$120/hr plus markup on the materials. So for me to charge out $35/hr for my own time it still makes sense for me to do the work myself. I also quite enjoy a lot of the work, it’s nice to get my hands dirty as I rarely do that these days. I spend most of my time running a business and very little time in the kitchen these days so to do something hands on is always a plus for me.
However, mudding & taping I’m incredibly slow and I know I can find a solid contractor at $30-$40/hr if I do my homework. Suddenly charging out $35/hr for my own time doesn’t make any sense. Not to mention if you’ve ever mudded and tapped you know it’s some of the most painful work going. Painting I can probably move as quick as a painting contractor, and they charge about $40/hr. Logically this would be a task that would make sense for me to do but I can’t bring myself to do it. After taking on the painting work during my first flip I knew I never would do that again. Since then I’ve always hired that work out.
So when I bought my first vacation property in Vancouver (I fell in love with Vancouver after visiting for the olympics), I decided to outsource that work. I found a quality Vancouver Painting Contractor who completed the job on time and was very professional, a rarity among that trade. If you’re looking to hire someone in Vancouver, try the North Shore Painter.
The only other task I ever outsource is flooring. Crawling around on the ground all day is too painful for this guy :). I admire guys that can do that because it’s a trade I would never wanted to get into. Not to mention, it’s a disaster whenever I have to grout tile. I make a bloody mess, the clean up is just as long as putting the tiles down. Scrubbing grout off the tiles for a solid few hours.