"I found Fred on Angie's List. I actually attempted to contact two other handymen that day as well. One's email address came back dead, and the other never responded.
Fred, however, responded almost instantly AND came over the very same day to give me an estimate.
He is very pleasant and seemed genuinely interested in our remodeling project. We are remodeling most of the kitchen ourselves, with help from our licensed electrician relative, but needed a contractor person to take down a wall between living room and kitchen and finish that drywall. However, we were planning to paint the walls ourselves afterwards. Sometimes, I've found, if contractors come in and see your DIY work, they scoff at it or try to get you to hire them for everything. Fred isn't like that, which I appreciated. He was only complimentary and did not try to upsell.
His estimate was very reasonable and came in written form via email the following day. He was able to schedule it fairly quickly.
On the day of, two of his workers arrived and carefully covered up the stuff in the dining area, including the floor. I liked that they were wearing a matching "uniform" of neon orange shirts-- it was a nice professional touch. They were very polite and surprisingly quiet (just the sounds of power tools, necessary demo, and soft conversation).
Fred came by at the beginning of the job and again later in the day to see how it was going. He also told me how to paint the new drywall-- to go over it once with a sanding block, but only once so as not to remove the texture.
They ended up only taking one day plus two hours the next day. Everything was cleaned up, and they left me the can of drywall texture in case I needed it. Fred came by again the following day, too.
I really enjoyed not having to worry about that wall.
I would use Fred again and am already plotting what other projects he can do."