October 04, 2017
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 waterproof etc.

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 task successfully.

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 another person.

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.

AssembleBay is here to help! If you need a local handyman to fix some little jobs around your house 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.