Thank you very much!! Your right there are somethings it's just easier to hire the person to do it. But with this situation it was me doing it to have it ready for the new tenant. The old one held over and it created a situation where I worked all night and delayed the move in of the new tenant. Yes, I know I can charge him, but the old tenant is not one that cares what is on his record. So, anything over and above the security deposit I will be eating. Even if I get a judgement, I won't be paid. So, minimizing my costs was part of the reasoning.
Just so you know I wasn't giving you a bad time. More so thinking out loud after reading the information.
One point that was mentioned is that in hiring a company that lets say charges $40 an hour, that a judge would consider that the company had overhead costs. So the judge may consider that even though the company charges $40 they may only pay their people $12.
I also feel frustrated that often times when you hire someone that poor work is done. So frustrated that it be easier to do yourself. Bottom line until you find your handyman and cleaning person you can trust we have to supervise.