What You Should Be Familiar With Hiring A Handyman

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 12:34 AM

By Sabina Duartes

When you need to get household chores and repairs done, you may need to hire a handyman. One thing you have to know is that handymen aren't all the same in terms of what they can do. A handyman's capabilities usually are not always limited to carrying out the simpler things, like work in the yard, or raking leaves. They will often also manage to do minor home improvements and repairs, like replacing gutters or constructing garden walls.

When you have to have a handyman, it is better to speak with more than one. To begin with, you have to make a list of everything you would like done, in detail. It may be surprising to locate a single handyman capable of doing everything you want done. You will find handymen mostly do small projects or jobs that can be handled in one visit. If you don't need a great deal of skills, someone with just the specific skills you need may be cheaper to hire. If all you want done is a little tiling, using the services of someone who can also do painting, woodwork and electrical wiring will probably cost you more.

Creating a long menu of handymen seeking work will put you in the best position for finding the one who meets your needs best, and save you some money. It is advisable to ask for details about the jobs they have done in the past, and to ask them to provide references from previous customers. Typically one hears people talk about brazen theft, or shoddy work, amongst other things, on the subject of handymen. Verifying that your handyman is trustworthy and respected implies you will get a job well done. Private recommendations, from happy customers who have employed someone in the past, are your best route for finding a worker you will be happy with. You need to hear only positive remarks about an individual you are hiring, from all the people you can talk to who have had dealings with him.

You must be given a written estimate which shows the all-inclusive charge, as well as the date the work will be completed. Getting just a verbal estimate may result in some unexpected costs by an unscrupulous handyman, who often add a list of extra charges. The fee has to be clearly specified, and any circumstances under which extra costs could be incurred must be laid out in detail. For your personal protection, get everything in writing. A trustworthy handyman is going to be willing to give you everything in written form. You shouldn't hire anyone who is unwilling to do this, with the possible exception of someone you have known for a long tine.

Proof of valid liability insurance is vital if the job is not small or relatively inexpensive. You want to make certain that protection is supplied for any possible damage. With smaller projects, obviously, it is not so important. Any time one or two small projects left undone have increased in number to where they have come to be daunting, it would be a good time to hire someone else to get them done for you. Make sure you are happy with the person, because he may have access to your home.

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