HPS licensed handyman services 25th anniversary sale
HPS Construction now offers quality, affordable and state licensed handyman (LHM) services along with its pioneering, cost-effective kitchen and bath upgrades, small to medium size remodeling and additions, and its well known, one-day hurricane protection (hurricane clips).
HPS Construction is a pioneer of one day, exterior only, insurance qualified, engineered hurricane protection, licensed handyman services in 21 different licensed categories and specialties, and Hawaii’s leader in cost effective, quality “plug-in” kitchen and bath upgrades, and tub to shower conversions.
HPS president and general manager, Gerry Peters, stressed that it is important to be familiar and vigilant with Hawaii state laws regarding handyman work that were established by the state to protect consumers.
First off, state law requires a contractor’s license for handy-man work exceeding $1,000. This “buyer beware” law has the correct presumption that bigger jobs require more expertise as well as legal and financial solidity, which licensed contractors must have in order to be licensed.
The state legislature and Regulated Industries Complaint Office (RICO) have broadened this law to a Class B or C Felony for those who willfully evade the unlicensed contractor law. This is due to recent financial and poor-quality work scams, mostly geared toward seniors.
Peters advised to not be misled by someone that may advertise that they are licensed but may only be referring to a driver’s license or a General Excise (GE) Tax License. They may show you a business card with a licensed contractor’s name and number, yet have you pay them instead of the contractor, especially in cash, often leaving customers ripped off with no way to track down the scammer.
Be mindful of handyman workers that may separate the labor and materials (i.e. $999 labor and then the amount of materials); or separate the work into different rooms or areas of the home; or offer to not include state GE tax if you pay in cash.
Peters, urges to always get the proposed scope of work, cost, payment terms, and the person’s true identity in writing.
HPS Construction’s LHM services include termite and water damage for wood — inside and out, particularly for repairing or rebuilding exterior decks and stairs; repairing damaged drywall, as well as concrete cracks and spalling (or flaking off concrete) for CMU masonry; tile block interior and exterior walls including tile block columns such as on carports, retaining walls, concrete decks and steps; cracking concrete walkways and lanai patio decks; water-proofing; some painting; and much more.
Minor plumbing and electrical removal and replacements are also offered. Remember, for both handyman and contracting work, licensed plumbing and electrical contractors are a mandatory necessity in many instances, such as in high-rise condos.
Peters said Hawaii clients trying to save a buck could end up penny-wise and dollar-foolish when their insurance company refuses to pay for damaged condos that may have been affected by unfortunate events such as flooding or fire.
HPS Construction is a top rated member of Better Business Bureau Hawaii, Building Industry Association of Hawaii and more.
TALK OF THE TOWN
Gerry Peters, content producer and co-host, and Mike Buck finished their 12th year of their weekly on-air Fix It Fridays program, a live call-in home improvement and repair radio program, on “The Mike Buck Show,” on Salem Network’s AM KHNR690, Fridays 8-9 a.m.