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Question DetailsAsked on 7/9/2013

To repair a ceiling (about 4 sheets) do I hire a general contractor or a handymen? The contractors I've called seem less then interested in my job.

We had some water damage from a bathroom above which saturated the ceiling. We have browning and flaking/falling ceiling down below. We also have some bowing in places. I'm sure to fix it will require more than one person.

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I presume the leak has been repaired.

If the area was not opened up and dried out right after the leak, you may have mold and rot in the subfloor now. The best thing would be to pull down the bad ceiling parts (drywall or plaster or suspended acoustic - I could not really tell from your description). Then you will know if you have just a repair the ceiling job, or mold and rot control and possible structural member repair to do also. Having it opened up would also give contractors an actual scope of work to bid on, so the bids should be more realistic and closer to each other in amount.

Tearout could be by you, handyman, water damage remediation contractor, or general contractor.

Repair would be general contractor if structural repair is needed, otherwise mold remediation contractor if needed and drywall or suspended ceiling and painting contractors, which you could contract with individually, or wrap all under a general contractor - depending on how much hassle you want in dealing with it.

You should be dealing with your homeowner's insurance company on this - they usaully will recommend a contractor who they then deal with on price, so you are sure that the contractor final bill will be fully covered (minus your deductible, of course).

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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