The shelves have been waiting patiently to be put up for ages. The wife is starting to nag. Should you take the plunge this weekend and get the shelves up? Or would you be better off hiring someone to do the job?
Unfortunately, many people are hesitant to hire a handyman, because they have heard negative comments about how another handyman never showed up or let the client down. There are plenty of reliable handyman services that produce amazing results. Often the reputation of the majority of craftsmen is tainted by the shoddy work of a few inexperienced or dishonest people.
Hire the Right Handyman for the Job
The best way to make hiring a handyman a smooth experience is to have a clear idea of what you want done and who the ideal person to do it would be. For example, are you looking for an expert plumber? A very good electrician? A brilliant carpenter? Be realistic about what they can or cannot do. Expecting your chosen handyman for a particular job to be a master of all trades is not realistic. It is realistic and a good idea to expect to hire different people for different jobs.
How to Find a Good Handyman
A good way to find a reliable handyman is by personal recommendation from a friend, colleague or family member. Just ask around. An even better way is to ask a plumber, carpenter, etc who you already trust.
Next, you should search the classifieds. Do not be shy to ask for references, licenses, registrations, experience, or photos of previous projects they have completed. If your handyman is going to build a new Gazebo, for instance, he may have a portfolio available with photos that prove his capabilities. There is nothing wrong in asking if his business and employees are covered by insurance.
Also consider how long you have seen their ad in the classifieds. A handyman that can consistently pay to advertise his business is probably not facing multiple lawsuits. But, be sure to actually check those references and licenses.
Work Out the Details Before Work Begins
Discuss prices and estimates before the work starts. Check if the handyman will give you a free on-site estimate or consultation and how the project will be billed, if it’s hourly, daily or by the project. You may want to compare one or two different estimates to make sure you are not being overcharged. Remember that a sought-after and experienced, talented handyman will charge more for his services. The result will be worth every extra cent for your peace of mind and post-project satisfaction.
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