HPS Construction Services now offers quality, affordable, and state licensed handyman 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).
There is a legal limit of $1,000 for handyman work, above which, a contractor’s license is required.
This “buyer beware” law was established by the state to protect consumers. The law has the correct presumption that bigger jobs require more expertise and legal and financial solidity, which Licensed Contractors have to have in order to be licensed.
Because of serious financial and shoddy work scams, especially targeting seniors in recent years, the Legislature and Regulated Industries Complaint Office (RICO) have now broadened the law to make it a Class B or C Felony to willfully evade the unlicensed contractor law.
For example, a person can’t deceptively tell you, or advertise, they are licensed and only be referring to a Driver’s License or a G.E. Tax License to fool trusting or confused homeowners.
They can’t lie to you and evade the law by separating the labor and materials (i.e. $999 labor and then the amount of materials); or separating the work into different rooms (i.e. bathroom 1, bathroom 2, kitchen, deck, car port, etc.), or offer to not include state G.E. Tax if you pay in cash.
They can’t fraudulently show you a business card with a Licensed Contractor’s name and number, yet tell you to pay them instead of the contractor, especially in cash, often leaving customers ripped off and no way to track down the scammer.
Peters urges you to ALWAYS get the proposed scope of work, cost, payment terms, and the person’s true identity in writing.
HPS LHM services include termite and water damage for wood, inside and out, particularly for repairing or rebuilding exterior decks and stairs, damaged drywall), in addition to repairing concrete cracks and spalling (flaking off of concrete) for CMU masonry, tile block interior and exterior walls including tile block columns such as on car ports, retaining walls, concrete decks and steps, expanding concrete walkways and lanai patio decks, waterproofing, some painting, and much more.
Minor plumbing and electrical removal and replacements are also offered, but Peters is quick to warn that for both handyman and contracting work, Licensed Plumbing and Electrical contractors are a mandatory necessity in many instances, such as in high rise condos.
He says Hawaii clients trying to save a buck can end up penny wise and very dollar foolish when their insurance company refuses to pay for the 10 floors of flooded condos below, or a fire.
Peters is also the content producer, and on-air co-host of Fixitfridays live call-in home improvement and repair radio on “The Mike Buck Show,” on Salem Network’s
KHNR690 on the AM dial, Fridays 8-9 am. HPS is also a top rated member of BBB Hawaii,
BIA-Hawaii, Building Industry Association of Hawaii, Yelp, Angie’s List and more.
For information, call 847-4400, see their website hpsconstructionservices.com, gerry@hpsconstructionservices. com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(First published in the Star Advertiser on May 14, 2017)
Worldwide product development is revolutionizing bathroom remodeling.
HPS Construction Services Ltd makes it job one to keep pace with this amazing engineering evolution and advancement.
Showers used to have plain old, non-water resistant drywall behind the tile. Then water resistant “green or blue board” came in, followed by cement fiber type tile backer. These are water resistant but not waterproof.
Now there is even better: HPS Construction uses the new three-layer, pre-sloped composites of two, thin layers of cement board with watertight dense foam in between. This enables HPS to use current drain locations with only minimal adjustment, no matter if converting to a walk-in shower from a tub, or upgrading from an old shower. This advancement also allows HPS Construction to install built in soap and shampoo niches, as well as triangular corner benches for foot washing, or full-width, across-the-shower-floor, sit down benches.
To add to that major evolutionary improvement, today’s tile comes in many sizes, shapes, colors and special purpose use.
For shower floors, porcelain tile comes on mesh — often called netted tile. The mesh allows the floor to have a better coefficient of traction (for safety), and it installs with zero hassle along the slope lines.
But here’s what’s really new: never-stain, urethane-epoxy type grouts. It hardens like the tile itself with the molecules filling the pores of the grout, making it hard and water and dirt resistant.
Bathroom Remodel Panels: Corian vs. Granite vs. Quartzite
For example instead of costly, major branded Corian, and Silestone, there now are available generic shower panels. They are full height, one for each end, and two for the long wall. They have hidden, miter type, special joints we prepare at our granite and quartzite panel shop. Colors are limited, but being added for these shower panels, and they are cost effective.
Gerry Peters is HPS President/General Manager