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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2013

who can do painting interiors iwth different colors, clean drapes, install new appliances, do front yard landscapin

moving to house of 2200, have 2 weeks to get exterior power washed, painting different colors for each of 3 bedrooms, living and kitchen. Also remove and clean drapes that are 16-18ft , make the front yard better landscaping, install new dryer, washer, refrigerator, essentially take charge to make it look new for moving in... need estimates

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Wow - you are about 2-3 months behind the eight ball on getting this one rolling.

I doubt you could find a general contractor on this short notice, plus there are kind of puny jobs for a GC unless it was a one-man outfit.

If you had a reliable handyman or woman they could honcho this for you - what you are really looking for is a majordomo or estate manager, but only for a short time. You might be able to find a household manager or real estate management company to do this for you, but on such short notice ... perhaps a butler service for a short-term position ? Or even a professional construction industry executive secretary/administrative assistant with a home flair who is out of work or from a temp agency, who interviews well and seems able to handle this sort of thing. Or even an architecture firm - for overall direction and contracting, and a newly minted architect or architectural assistant to do the actual on-site honchoing.

Other thoughts are a home staging company - sort of backwards for them because this is usually done at moveout to spruce it up for sale, but most of the items are in their line of work. A hands-on interior decorator or interiors designer or contractor who does not only designs but also directs the work and arranges for subcontractors would be overkill but would probably have the connections to get it done.

I really don't know how I would go about this if I had to arrange it - I would probably start with my Realtor for recommendations - he/she might know someone in one of the above categories who can basically act as a project manager for you, without the $500-1000/day cost of an actual project engineer or project manager. Otherwise, I would probablyi go with an interior decorator who is the hands-on, project management type - all the interior stuff should not be too hard for him/her to coordinate, and get a good landscaper on board to work with the designer and you on intial layout and design of the changes, then work under the direction of your "site manager".

This is all the sort of stuff one would normally do themselves - either before or after move-in, so bear in mind that every bit you delegate potentially moves you further away from the "ideal solution" your would have come up with on your own, but if your work or new baby or whatever prohibits this, then you have to delegate.

Except for maybe the landscaping, to get it done in 2 weeks (even if your manager was on board tomorrow) I don't think you are looking at estimates - give the manger price targets and let him/her go with the first one contacted who reviews well and is in the ballpark - if you get estimates for all this, you will have essentially zero work complete in 2 weeks. This is a crash job, so you have to accept it will cost probably 20-50% more than normal for each task, PLUS the cost of your site manager.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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