Need several repairs on a SFH in Old Shakopee

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Hey MN BP!

I recently bought a small house in the Old Shakopee area and I would love to get your recommendations for local contractors and  handy-persons who could help me.  The main fixes are:

Electrical: A prior owner was a big do-it-yourself-er and installed a bunch of 3 prong outlets without grounding them.  (Yikes.)  The main electrical things that need to happen are: Ground all outlets, add an outlet/hook up to install a garbage disposal, add some outlets in the unfinished basement, and fix a few things in the box (there's a bulging wire and something needs a weaver clamp -- I have the home inspection which has more info).  I'd really like to get everything safe and up to code. I think a permit would be needed for this one, too...

Plumbing: During the inspection, the main line in the basement was flagged for showing signs of leaks, and there's also a recent leak from the same line -- a very tiny trickle.  I'd like to get this taken care of and also replace the upstairs shower fixtures and the upstairs toilet with a dual flush toilet.  (I'd buy all the stuff so it would just need to get installed.)

Garage door opener: Need one installed -- there are tracks for it but the actual opener was either taken out or stolen (the house was an REO). I could buy it and have someone install or they could buy it. It's a 2 car detached garage.

Gutter installation:  The back of the house needs 30 feet of gutters with one downspout.

Tree branch removal:  There's a big tree out front that needs a large branch cut off.  It's fine since all the leaves fell off, but when they grow back, the path to the front door will be blocked.

If anybody could help me with this or send, I would really appreciate it!  This isn't an investment property, it's actually a second home (maybe someone primary home?) because my whole family is in the area -- and my dad might stay there as well (I'm trying to get him to, but he's stubborn and may not accept the help -- family, y'know??).  My dad would coordinate access and payment, unless I could  pay by CC over the phone or could send a check directly. 

I would appreciate any referrals or BPers who can do this kind of stuff reaching out to me.  I have pictures of pretty much 

Thanks so much!

Raquel

Shoot me a PM and I’ll connect you with a few people.

I don't have any connections for you in that area however with what you want completed you will need a licensed electrician and a licensed plumber to complete the work you listed.  I would also make sure they pull permits as it is your only protection to determine the work was completed correctly and when you eventually sell the place the buyer's inspector is going to look for a sticker on your box.

Depending on the type of wiring in your house grounding the outlets could be a big project as it may require a re-wire....  If that is the case and you can't fit it in your budget you could put GFCI outlets in for the time being.  Maybe you will get lucky and find that they didn't hookup the ground wire but I suspect you have very old wiring.

@John Woodrich
Thanks, I appreciate that advice! I am definitely getting a lot of responses from people saying they can do plumbing and electrical but can’t pull permits, and I am just not comfortable with that. This isn’t a flip or anything, but I probably will sell it in a few years (or possibly even rent it) so I prefer it to be above board. I have to stretch a little money to go a long way, but if I get a cheap person and they don’t do it right, it would be more expensive than hiring a qualified person to begin with :)

Many people will jump to do plumbing and electrical as they are not cheap trades.  They may even try to get you to pull the permit for them however the sticker in your electrical box is the only thing you can provide to the next owner to show it was done correctly.  If  you don't have the box signed off the next owner may make you pay an electrician to certify the electrical.  It is nice to save some money but these are a couple areas it is worth doing it right on the front end.

@Raquel Doheny I can help you, I am a Project Manager/ Real Estate Investor in the Twin Cities.  Permits take time and depending on the city longer than expected.  If you would like and haven't already found someone I can get you some quotes.  Also if you would like I can add you to my Twin City Investors list.

Originally posted by @Heath M. :

@Raquel Doheny I can help you, I am a Project Manager/ Real Estate Investor in the Twin Cities.  Permits take time and depending on the city longer than expected.  If you would like and haven't already found someone I can get you some quotes.  Also if you would like I can add you to my Twin City Investors list.

Permits do not take a long time in Shakopee.

Originally posted by @John Woodrich :
Originally posted by @Heath Medders:

@Raquel Doheny I can help you, I am a Project Manager/ Real Estate Investor in the Twin Cities.  Permits take time and depending on the city longer than expected.  If you would like and haven't already found someone I can get you some quotes.  Also if you would like I can add you to my Twin City Investors list.

Permits do not take a long time in Shakopee.

Good to know! Thanks John 

Hi, I was looking through some old posts. Did you find the contractors that you needed?

Is this Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington?

I'm not sure what you typically do with your contractors/subs but I have them submit a quote to me and then I have them sign a lien release with any payment to them (including any down payment upfront.)  Is this how many of you are doing it?   (sorry, I don't have any contacts that far west if the twin cities.)  

Permits are not an issue.  Any licensed Electrician can do that easily. 

I use Wirerite  for all my renovations.  Contact Mike Roney there.

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