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Dear PoP – Contractor or handyman? Or neither?

by Prince Of Petworth April 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm 22 Comments


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“Dear PoP,

I just bought a condo in Adams Morgan, and the kitchen is in desperate need of an update. I know you’ve covered contractors before, but I’m not sure if that’s actually what I need. I’m hoping to put in a new backsplash, floor, and countertop. I’ll also be installing new appliances, which will involve creating a laundry hookup (for one of those combo washer/dryers) as well as a dishwasher hookup — the kitchen currently has neither — so some plumbing will definitely be necessary.

Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who would/could do all that? I’m afraid it may be too small a job for a general contractor since there’s no real construction, but I obviously want someone skilled/properly licensed who will do good work! If it’s feasible I could just hire out separately for everything, which would be nice since it’s probably cheaper, but I work pretty long hours so I’m worried that would be difficult. Thanks for any guidance/recommendations you can provide!”

Some recommendations were made here. Who do you guys think would be good/necessary for a job(s) like this?

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