Hiring a handyman is certainly a lot simpler then trying to
tackle the job yourself. But before you jump in and hire the first handyman you
see, there are a few important things you should do. This will ensure that the
handyman you decide on is perfect for the job you have. As well as this, it
helps the process move along faster and you can get on with other more
important things in your life.
So let’s take a look
at the important things you need to do before hiring a local handyman:
1. Make a List
It is important to make a list of every job you need
completed. Remember that some jobs just aren’t meant for a handyman and should
be tackled by a skilled professional who is trained (and qualified) in the area,
bathroom tiling for example would need a professional tiler who knows how to
When you have a clear understanding (and list) of all the
things you need done, the handyman will be able to determine whether or not
they are able to properly assist you. It is a good idea to list the items by
level of importance, so the professional knows what is essential to fix first!
2. Get References
This is important if the professional is tackling a major
job. Any person can say that can do something, so it is important to call the
references to double check the individual is actually able to do what they say.
Handymen rely heavily on word of mouth and if they are not willing to provide a
list of references, then it is probably best to look elsewhere.
When calling the references you should ask them about the
type of work they had done and how long ago it was completed. It is important
that the professional has successful clients who are happy with the work they
have done on a job that is similar to the task you require to be completed. As
a guide, it is a good idea to ask for about 3 or 4 references.
3. Qualified and Insured
A qualification is especially important if the task is
intricate or complicated. When it comes to things like renovations etc. you will
need your handyman to be qualified. When they show you their certifications you
can trust that they know what they are doing and will be able to complete the
Insurance is another major point. The professional should be
insured in case something goes wrong. For example, what happens if they are
painting and they knock over the paint tin and it spills all over your $5,000
rug; most of the time the handyman will not damage property, but they still
need to be insured just in case.
4. Get an Estimate
It is always a good idea to ask any potential professionals
for an estimate before they start working. They should be open about their
pricing and why they charge the amount. If you think they are being secretive
or trying to hide the total cost of work, then you should certainly look for
It is never fun to get a nasty surprise with your bill at
the end of the day. When you know what to expect and the price is fully
explained you can make a more informed decision about whether they are the
local handyman for you.
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make sure you pop an ad up. It is simple and will only take you a couple of
minutes, then you can easily choose from the professionals that apply.