Tips When Hiring A Handyman

 By: Leeanne Kunnert
Many of us are not handy when it comes to even the smallest home improvement project. This is why it is important to have a professional handyman on speed dial at all times. In order to get the most out of hiring a handyman consider the advice below.

Get organized and maintain an ongoing list of work that needs to be accomplished. This will allow you to maximize the work that is done when the handyman is at your home. When it comes to the repairs and work needed on your home be upfront with your expectations. Handyman services vary between companies and therefore it is important to make sure what you need is something that can be accomplished using the individual you have contracted. If your request is not within the services that they offer they will be more than happy to refer you to someone who can handle your request.

When hiring a handyman look no further than friends and family for referrals. Most handymen businesses are grown based on word of mouth alone. If the person you are looking to hire can't provide at least three local references then pass on them. Any good handyman will have a large handful of regular clients that use their services on an ongoing basis.

As with any contractor working within your home or business it is crucial that they are not only licensed and insured but also bonded. If they are injured on your property while performing work for you it is important that they have insurance otherwise you will be fully liable.

Before you allow a handyman to perform any work within your home make sure you get a signed, written estimate that includes both the cost of labor and materials. Reputable handyman will be able to estimate jobs within ten percent. Make it clear to potential handyman that you are looking to hire that you understand this fact and aren't interested in any low ball estimates.

You have to be one hundred percent comfortable with this individual as they will be working in your home close to your family. It is pertinent that you are not only comfortable with their work and pricing but also their demeanor.

Establish a detailed schedule of when work is to be accomplished. It should include when work is to start, an estimate on finishing with check in points throughout the project. This schedule should be agreed upon between both parties to avoid any miscommunication in what is to be done.

Finally ask about guarantees on materials and craftsmanship. If the handyman you are looking to hire does not offer any type of satisfaction guarantee then avoid hiring them. You should get in writing a statement of from the handyman ensuring that they will take care of quality issues and workmanship failures for a specific amount of time, free of extra charge.
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