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  • #31
    Originally posted by cdubbin View Post
    You did not give that impression, fella....and this is mainly a hunting/fishing website, lol....the state laws pertaining to licensed contractors have been getting tightened up in recent years, mainly due to crap like this:

    https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/new...d-contractors/

    ...bottom line is, if you hire an independent contractor, and they don't possess a professional license from the state, they are breaking the law. If you hire an employee, and you don't withhold taxes or report their income to the federal government, you are breaking the law...

    Okay, I understand, and thanks for the article.
    Well make sure were doing the right thing when were there
    Thanks.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by cdubbin View Post
      You did not give that impression, fella....and this is mainly a hunting/fishing website, lol....the state laws pertaining to licensed contractors have been getting tightened up in recent years, mainly due to crap like this:

      https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/new...d-contractors/

      ...bottom line is, if you hire an independent contractor, and they don't possess a professional license from the state, they are breaking the law. If you hire an employee, and you don't withhold taxes or report their income to the federal government, you are breaking the law...
      Reading that would certainly make me want to hire a professional for any build somebody's going to live in.
      Certainly not someone like the guy in the article who says he's built a bunch of cabins before but then leaves you with a mess to tear down and start over.
      I've always liked this Red Addair quote:

      "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

      There are some good builders out there with and without professional licensing etc.
      I know some of each.
      Some I trust and respect their work.
      Some I wouldn't trust to build me a doghouse!
      I know a guy who tried doing remodel and handyman work like my buddy does.
      He has failed miserably. Partially due to his attitude and partially to lack of building skills and knowledge.
      I've stayed at a local place where they rent small cabins.
      The owners husband built the cabins and she manages things cleans them etc.
      It's probably good retirement money for them.
      They're in a decent location and built things right and have really thought of everything in their setup.
      So I know it can be done!

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      "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

      "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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      • #33
        Originally posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
        There are some good builders out there with and without professional licensing etc.
        I know some of each.
        Some I trust and respect their work.
        Some I wouldn't trust to build me a doghouse!
        Amen.


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        I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
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        • #34
          Kinda' kicking the proverbial dead horse at this point, but.....

          Some fly-by-night unlicensed operators can do great work, save you money, etc., but liability insurance of someone gets injured is on you. Rolling the dice, as it were.

          Some fly-by-night crews can do shoddy work, and in the end, have you spending 2 or 3 times what you would've hiring a ;licensed crew that specializes in what you're looking for.

          And a specialized crew can speed things up, if they're motivated and skilled.

          Some rentals can be considered a business; does your zoning allow a 'business'. This covers a gray area in my 'hood.

          Can you have a second dwelling occupied by others as a rental? There's restrictions on that in my hood as well. I can have a second dwelling, as long as it's less sq. footage than my main domicile. I can have one additional domicile in my area.

          Running a B&B or Air BnB, you've got a LOT of people potentially passing through your place, without really knowing any of them. During a pandemic or epidemic, that can have some down-sides.

          Being a landlord has it downs-des as others have mentioned. You can charge a reasonable security de[posit for a rental (typically a longer term rental), but the standard $500 to $1,000 doesn't cover a whole lot of repairs, if someone really doesn't care about your place or their reputation.

          In the case of longer term rentals, as opposed to Air B-n-B, GET AS MANY REFERENCES AS YOU CAN(!!!); dig for them. Read between the lines/words. If someone has left places in a shambles in the past, or left unpaid debts, don't assume they've had a re-birthing where integrity is concerned.


          If the place has a natural draw (view, close to town, but privacy in the country at the same time, other aspects, etc.) and is accessible for folks either commuting, or for tourists to get to other places near you, then you have a market. .Making your amenities attractive, and REASONABLY priced will be the other half of the equation.

          All of that said, last I looked, Alaska is in a negative population growth phase at this time, and if that's still the case, who knows how long that will last. Another reason to make your place more attractive than others, price-wise, amenities, etc.

          For long-term rentals w/ a 'dry' cabin (outhouse with little or no indoor plumbing) in my area, prices range from $300/mos. to $800/mos. , with many being in the $450 to $600 range. This adds a bit of income to your pocket. BUT, is the potential headache worth the extra cash? If so, good luck.

          B-n-Bs will take in more money per day/week/month, but they're often a seasonal gig.

          Again, good luck.

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