A good handyman is a time-saver for a busy homeowner who cannot keep with the maintenance and repairs around the house. The key is finding a good home improvement professional that has the skills you are looking for and qualifying him to make he is well qualified and experience. The objective when hiring any contractor or handyman is to find out as much information as possible about the quality work the contractor or handyman is capable of prior to making a hiring decision.
Feedback and Reviews Online
On top of looking at the handyman’s website, you want to focus on looking for reviews and feedback from past clients of the handyman. Try review/feedback based websites like Yelp, Insider Pages, and City Search. Don’t be afraid to try other search engines like Yahoo and Bing to further refine your searches by adding words like “review” or “complaint” to the end of the handyman’s name when you do your searches for even better results. A good resource to look for complaints is the Better Business Bureau.
Handyman with the Skills and Experience You Need
One of the most important keys in hiring a good handyman that you will be happy with is finding one that has the experience and skills required for your projects. There are handymen that have roofing experience and there are handyman that are retired plumbers, but expecting to find a handyman that is an expert in both trades is not realistic. That is precisely where a lot of homeowners go wrong when hiring a handyman.
Ensure that Your Contractor is Insured
Handymen are not typically required to be licensed, and bonding is not usually necessary on small home improvement jobs. However, you should make sure your handyman has insurance. Some form of general liability insurance is essential, as in worker’s compensation insurance if the handyman employs other workers. Accidents happen all the time and when they do, you will want to make sure the contractor you hired has an insurance provider that can clean up the mess.
Request a Written Contract
Even for a small job, you should request a contract if it is your first time dealing with the handyman. A contract will protect you if the contractor fails to perform the work as specified. The best way to avoid legal hassles or misunderstandings between your contractor and you is to have a clear, binding contract that outlines everyone’s expectations and responsibilities. This contract, signed by both you and contractor, should specific in detail of all the work to be done and the materials to be used, the completion schedule, and how payments will be made.
C. Haynes Construction has over 40 years of combined high-level experience in home maintenance. All of our work is insured for your safety and security. We guarantee it. Contact us today for a free, no obligation estimate.