When you think about getting a handyman to help you with a repair or maintenance issue at home, you often think that the handyman will be specialized in one specific task like carpentry, plumbing or electricity related. These days however, you can find a handyman for all sorts of tasks such as tree services, fences, mold remediation, mowing grass and general outdoor maintenance.
Whatever task you may need done in your home, you can probably find a handyman to do the job for you. That being said, not all handymen are equal in how they perform their duties so you always want to make sure that you hire the best handyman that you can. Below are some considerations you should keep in mind if you want to hire the best handyman for whatever job you need done.
- List details of the job and your expectations: Before you contact any handyman, create a list of all the work that you need done and have in mind your expectations for successful completion of the task.
- Start looking for reliable references and candidates to do the job: You could get references from your neighbor, family or friends who have had good experiences with certain handymen. You could also go online and look for local handymen who have good reputations and reviews in your local area.
- Ensure that the handyman is bonded, licensed and insured: Reputable and reliable handymen are bonded to protect you from incomplete jobs and unpaid workers or supplies. They are insured to protect you and themselves in case of work related injuries and they are licensed to prove that they are well trained and recognized in the industry.
- Find out cost estimates for labor and supplies: Get the handyman to come over and assess the job that needs to be done and give you an estimate for the total cost of the job, including the cost of labor and any materials that will be needed to complete the job. Ensure that the handyman commits to an estimate that is within a range of 10% of what he/she quotes.
- Establish a schedule for completion of the work: Determine when the job will start and when the job should be completed. Make sure that you hold the handyman to the schedule that they commit to.
- Get it all in writing: Lastly, get everything that you have agreed to into a contract, to avoid any miscommunication, confusion or forgotten details from either you or the handyman.