Top Things to Know before Hiring a Handyman

May 21 2020
James C. Chesley

No matter how old or new a house is, it will have its fair share of maintenance issues. More often than not, these little repairs don’t need an experienced contractor specializing in a particular trade. All you need is a reliable handyman for handling these tasks. But, you shouldn’t hire the first handyman that you find on Google. There are some things you should know before you make your choice. Let’s check what they are:

  • Do some research

You need to know some essential information before you make a potential hire, whether you need a handyman, a painter or any other skilled individual. Check their reviews and testimonials, license numbers, the average time they take for the work, portfolios of their recent work and any necessary experience pertaining to the project.

  • References from friends and family

You can eliminate a huge part of the process by hiring a handyman through friends and family references. After all, you want to find someone you can trust. You can ask your coworkers, neighbors, friends and family about a handyman they have worked with and if they have had a positive experience.

  • Interview the potential choices

Hiring a handyman over the phone is a no-no. A potential handyman needs to look at the project, give you a quote and prove they are competent to do the job. There are several questions you need to ask the handyman before hiring them like how long they have been in business, what experience they have with the particular project, if they have any pictures, any references they can provide, the mode of communication they use and how much it will cost. You should also get a timeline beforehand and ask them for a breakdown of the quote to know what you are paying for.

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