People just love their homes since this is a place where we belong, where we stay and most of all we feel comfortable with our family, however we get so busy with some other important things in our daily lives, we often don’t have time in doing home maintenance and repairs. Such damages of walls or doors, fixing the roof, installing new appliances, fixing the bathroom sink, cleaning clogged pipes and many other things that are needed to be maintained or fixed that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do it yourself. Though not all handymen are plumbers, electricians or carpenters. Others limit their labors to do yard work, mowing grasses and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Nevertheless, it should not be difficult to find a handyman.
Here is what you need to know before you hire a home repair handyman.
#1: Make a list of things that is needed to be done.
Make the rounds of the house and inspect each and every detail that needs to be done. This way will help you figure out what a handyman needs to accomplish before contacting them, because many handyman offers different kinds of services depending on their capabilities. By listing all things, a handyman can then determine if it suits in his abilities. Choose a handyman who has a range of skills well-suited in a particular field of work.
#2: Get references from a reliable sources.
It is important to get references from your relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers if there is anybody that they can recommend. A handyman that is prompt, did quality work, and completely lived up to expectations. Referrals are always the best regardless of finding a handyman that easy but also you will know that they did a great job. But if you cannot find referrals, you can do research online. There are also sites that has reviews and ratings through that you will know if the services they offer for a handyman job is good or not.
#3: Choose a handyman that is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Licensed, bonded and insured handyman are stress free. Why? If in case they damage your property while working it will be covered by their insurance. And in the case that you chose a not licensed, bonded or insured handyman and he got injured while working in your place you will be held full liability.
#4: Establish a time frame.
You and your handyman must agree to a schedule on when to start the work and when it will most likely be finished. This is important to know when your handyman expects to be on the job. Establish a timeframe and both of you must agree on it.
#5: Get a contract in writing and request a written cost estimate.
Both of you must sign a contract in order to properly agree things and to avoid miscommunication, confusion or forgotten details. This will also serve as a proof in case any negative things or misunderstandings might happen, you will have a documented proof to take with you on court. On the other hand you must request a written cost estimate of the materials and the charge of labor before starting with the work. It will specify the price and time for completion.