Hiring A Handyman – Tips To Follow

Hiring a handyman

At times, you may need to consider hiring a handyman in order to get maintenance or other chores around the house done. The very first thing you must know is that handymen are certainly not all the same in terms of what they can do. A handyman’s abilities usually are not always limited to carrying out the simpler things, like work in the yard, or raking leaves. Minor house repair, in addition to improvements, like painting, are other things they can do.

When you need to hire a handyman, it is advisable to speak with more than one. To begin with, you need to make a list of everything you would like done, in detail. It is most likely that any handyman you consult, won’t be able to do all of the jobs you want to have finished.

The typical handyman focuses on projects that are quick to complete, possibly even jobs that he can do on an ad-hoc basis. Be aware that a handyman who is proficient at many tasks may charge more than one who focuses on just one type of job. When you only need a little painting, to use a person who is skilled in woodworking, along with electrical expertise, you will undoubtedly be charged more.

Selecting the Best Handyman for the Job

Assuming that you have a large list of workers needing work, then you can save money by choosing the one who best fits your needs. It is important to find out details of their experience, and to get references. Often one hears people discuss brazen theft, or shoddy work, amongst other things, with regards to handymen.

To guarantee an excellent job, you have to know that you can trust your handyman, and that he is well-respected. Private recommendations, from satisfied customers who have employed someone in the past, are your best route for finding a worker you will be happy with. Make certain everybody you talk to, like family, friends and neighbors, has only positive experiences of the person you are thinking about hiring.

Get It In Writing

You must require a written estimate , which shows the full and complete price, as well as the date of completion. Getting just a spoken estimate can result in some unexpected costs by an unscrupulous handyman, who often add a list of extra charges. It is recommended to understand the up front costs, and anything that can happen to add in more costs.

For your safety, get everything in writing. A trustworthy handyman will likely be happy to give you everything in written form. You might perhaps allow someone you have had a lengthy relationship with to not do this, but you should stay well clear of anyone else who seems unwilling.

Proof of appropriate liability insurance is vital if the project is not small or relatively inexpensive. You need to know that your job is protected in case there is any damage, but with a smaller job you may want to forego this. Having a lot of smaller jobs accomplished is a very good reason for hiring someone to do them for you. However, while he will be working inside your house, or be able to get into it, be certain that he can be trusted.

In Closing

Hiring a handyman is definitely not something that you should take lightly. So be sure to check them out thoroughly and take heed to all of the above tips. After all, you are giving this person access to one of your most precious and valuable possessions: Your Home. Therefore, you need to feel 100% confident that they can not only get the job done, but that they can be trusted in the process.

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32 Responses to Hiring A Handyman – Tips To Follow

  1. Tin says:

    I find it hard to hire some stranger to just come in to my house; hence, I really do ask for referrals from someone I know. At least, someone can vouch for them. Also, it will be easier to call the Handyman for small repairs if you already know him.

  2. Deejay Dayton says:

    I am not mechanically inclined, and need professionals to do repairs and such around the house, if I want things done right. Your article brought up a couple of points I hadn’t thought of, particularly the idea of making sure the person you hire has liability insurance. Getting everything in writing first is also essential. While it is true that jobs may become more costly than expected, as you pointed out, having potential problems and added expenses written down from the outset will prevent the customer from feeling that they have been taken advantage of. Thanks for the suggestions and the insight!

  3. AnnMarie Rowland says:

    These are all great tips. I would only add that if you hire a handyman over the phone, no matter how qualified he is, or how positive the reviews of his work may be, if you sense any “creep factor” when he arrives at your house, you’re not obligated to let him in. If possible, meet him in person before you hire him, and trust your gut.

  4. Melong says:

    Nice article, back in the day all we used to do was ask for recommendations from friends and family. Now with the advent of internet we have more options but we have to do our due diligence before we go ahead. This article gives very good tips on how to go for the good ones out there.

  5. Dany Rukmamiharja says:

    I think this is the best way to get it done, talk to a few handyman before deciding which one is the best, it takes time, but to get the perfect person for the job will make it worth the wait

  6. Marcella Gabrielle says:

    I am very wary of hiring someone whom I’ve never done business with before. Before hiring someone to do work inside our home, my husband and I make sure to check their background and their level of expertise. It’s true, not all handymen can do everything so make sure they really know what they’re doing to avoid more damage to your property.

  7. Brandon Stevens says:

    I’ve never had to hire a handyman before. This article enlightened me to all of the details. I now see how important it is to select the right person for the job, it’ll save me money.

  8. Elizabeth R says:

    I certainly think getting details of their experience is critical. And by speaking to a few potential hires, and asking them the same questions, you can get a good idea of the real extent of their knowledge by comparing their answers. That way you’ll end up being much more confident in the person you hire. loads of other great tips here too. Good job!

  9. Anthony Walden says:

    I believe social media is excellent way to put the word out of hiring a handyman. Also definitely writing an agreement and being very verbal in the text abut what is being done at the price of etc read and make sure it’s dated and file in the archives for future reference if needed ….

  10. Bernie Bagwell says:

    This is great advice for finding a handy man. i agree, getting the job in writing is super important because I have been burned on a couple jobs where I was charged more for the work that was done because there was no written agreement. Secondly, word of mouth is a great way to find anyone for a service you need done, really.

  11. luffyzorro2012 says:

    I love this article it is well thought and and organized. What I like about it is you can see that the author really cares about its readers this was shown in his elaboration of the various steps in this topic as suppose to just give a handyman tip and be done with. This article will be beneficial to someone who maybe looking for a repairman as well as to existing repairman on how to conduct himself into the job well. Thumbs up for this.

  12. Jennifer Schmidt says:

    I agree that it a great idea to talk to more than one handyman. Shopping around is always a good idea with this kind of thing. Thanks for the tips!

  13. Sherry Verma says:

    Wow! Some beautifully articulated tips here. I remember this one time I hired a guy and I didn’t get the cost estimation in writing. By the end of the job, he asked for almost 10% more and gave me silly excuses for it. I wish I had read this article before. *sigh*
    But anyway, good job!

  14. Thomas Southmayd says:

    I totally agree with consulting other handymen before going through with a project. It’s worth it to discuss with several handymen because you may gain insight on what the project truly entails and who best to do the job.

  15. Ingrid Pimentel says:

    I remember this one time, my dad thougth he was able to fix our sink, to make story short, he wasn´t.
    Perfect tips to choose the right handyman and avoid the mess, actually I think there are some apps where you can find different options, can be plumbers , painters , carpenters, etc and you can get some budgets too.

  16. Gilchristi Macato says:

    The tips are really great and would help anyone who is in need of a handyman be a smart customer! Getting yourself a trustworthy and skillful handyman that would get the job done right at a fair price is not an easy task to, I totally agree with the tip that says one should consult a close friend or a family member on the handyman to be hired for the job for safety purposes and so that it is made sure we are satisfied by the work. Great tips, great help, keep it up!

  17. Kayleigh DiLorenzo says:

    Choosing someone with positive personal references is one of the most important things I took from this article, along with hiring someone with the right amount of skill for the tasks I have. I never would have thought about the fact that I may be paying for their expertise in things my “handy-man to do” list doesn’t have!

  18. Joyce Ann Solario says:

    All the tips are helpful and I have been discussing this with my sister recently as she decided to make arrangements with only 1 contractor, to do the renovation of the house. I insisted that she asked for a contract for any liability and to make sure that they stick to the budget. She said that she trust person they hired. I do hope they don’t have any trouble as I have heard a lot of horror stories on incomplete or below expectations results.

  19. Maeryl Berango says:

    Very helpful tips in finding the right handyman to the job. The pickier you are, the better to ensure quality work required in the house. Makes a happier and well-satisfied customer.

  20. Oceana Castaneda says:

    Thanks for the helpful advice. I definitely agree about getting a written budget beforehand. I’ve had some bad experiences with this in the past, where the handyman told me a price estimate at the beginning of the project, and then at the end of the project the “real” price was much more!

  21. Anelle says:

    Thank you for the tips! As a single girl in her 20s, I really found these useful. Most of them are common sense but I needed to be reminded of them. It made me think more critically of.hiring someone I entrust my house with.

  22. Michael Rumondor says:

    True. We really have to be more careful and precise to trust other people to care for our home. I myself prefer a focus skilled Handyman. Even if I have to hire them for each chores around the house, they *most of the times* do better work 😉

  23. Mau T says:

    I have worked with handymen in the past and it is always a bad feeling if you think you are being ripped off or if you are getting bad service. Yes, recommendation is a must for your peace of mind!

  24. John Dovert says:

    This really helps! It enlightened me on utilizing people at work. Thank you for these tips.

  25. jeanvan says:

    As for my experience, hiring a handyman sure isn’t easy . These are great tips to follow if you are still in a dilemma.

  26. Alyssa Eunice Salalila says:

    If things around the house can’t be solved and fixed by diy, then you might want to seek help from a Handyman. However, you should consider a couple of things when hiring one, like their area of expertise and if they can be trusted or not. If you are working on a budget and a limited time frame you might want to look for someone who’s fit to do the job more than anyone. Also, remember that you are asking a stranger to enter your home, so better hire a Handyman who’s known to be reliable to do the task and is trustworthy.

  27. Maricar Manalac says:

    I totally agree about getting everything in writing. It helps set things clear and protects the interest of both parties.

  28. Rine Pontoh says:

    Great tips !
    But the easy way to get the right Handyman which suits with our purpose and safety, we should ask recommendation from family or friends.

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