07 Jan Hiring a Handyman
With the various projects you might have going on around the house, you may want to look into hiring a handyman. You could save spending hours on the weekends doing them all yourself. A handyman is a jack of all trades when it comes to home repairs and maintenance around your home, usually for less money than a specialist such as a plumber and electrician.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Whether you are looking for a plumber, painter or any other skilled-handyman, you must do your research. Some of the details you should be researching include:
- Average price information in your area
- Reviews and testimonials
- Portfolios of recent work
- License numbers
- Average timeline for scope of work
- Necessary experience for project
WHY USE A HANDYMAN
A handyman can complete your whole list of small projects, for a lower hourly rate than most specific contractors. Handymen are able to keep their rates lower, partly because they do not pay other workers to do the work. Although handymen usually have less overhead than a contractor, you should always insist they have insurance, a business license and an extensive set of tools.
- Window Cleaning
- Garden Work
- Gutter Cleaning
- Shelves or Door Installation
- Painting & Touch Ups
- Storm Damage Repair
- All other facets of property maintenance
Make sure your biggest asset – your home, is in good repair at all times. You will reap the benefit in enhanced lifestyle and a home that does not lose its value.
HIRING A HANDYMAN
Start by compiling a list of the home repairs you want completed. Remember, a handyman is best used for small jobs such as installing light fixtures, patching drywall and interior painting. Check ProSaver and interview at least three handymen. Ask how many years of experience they have and their areas of specialization. Request references from homeowners who have hired them. Make sure the potential handyman has the skills and experience to complete your project.