Introduction:

There are many jobs in the home that do not necessarily require the expertise of a specialized service provider or a general contractor. You can hire a handyman to carry out different small home improvement tasks. In this guide, we explain to you how to find the right handyman without spending too much money and time. Read on to find out.

 

A handyman saves homeowner money in the sense that the homeowner does not need to hire multiple contractors and service providers. Most handymen charge per hour meaning that homeowners only pay one worker who completes several projects. The service charge paid to a roofer or a plumber may even be more than what you pay a handyman for some hours.

 

What are some of the jobs for which handyman service is required?

Some jobs in the home that you can hire a handyman to do include cleaning and maintenance of gutter, caulking, home exterior repairs, minor plumbing work, desks and porches and touch ups and paintings.

 

How to find the right handyman?

When it comes to handyman selection, a lot of research is required. This is the only way to ensure that you not only get the right services for your money but also that your job is completed quickly. 
Things to keep in mind before you hire handyman service

 

Know what you want

Have a list of tasks you want to complete before your handyman arrives. You can easily get caught up with more work if you do not carefully write down all the things that you want done. Where possible, include clippings, sketches and photos to illustrate the things that you want done as well as the look you are after.

 

Interview the company or the individual

Conduct some research about the handyman service company or the individual that you want to hire for your home improvement jobs. The handyman you want to work with should be knowledgeable, established in the field and also very experienced. And since you will be letting these individuals into your house, it is important that they are prescreened and have their police backgrounds checked.

 

Contractor Insurance

Another important thing that you should know before contracting a handyman is if they are insured. In the course of the work, anything can happen. If the handyman has liability insurance, then any damage resulting from the handyman’s mistake can be recovered.

 

Written Estimates

Although it is not economically feasible to have written estimates provided for a small job, the company should still give you an hourly rate as well as the cost of related materials. For jobs that are much larger however, written estimates are a standard practice. It should be detailed enough to ensure that all the parties understand the requirements as set out in the agreement.

 

Some of the websites that can help you find a handyman service provider

 

Angie’s List

Angie’s list helps with the handyman selection as it lists more than 700 local companies. It allows people to report on the website on their experience with a certain company so that readers can make informed and educated decisions.
It is a membership site which offers the following upon registration:

• Exclusive service discounts
• Access to more than 700 services reviews
• Live call center to offer support on any issue

 

HomeAdvisor

This is another website that can help consumers find a handyman. If you have a project, HomeAdvisor has home improvement and repair professionals you can rely on to get the job completed. You only need to select the service or services that you want and then enter the zip code. You will be presented with the available local professionals who are prescreened and who are also rated by homeowners such as you.

 

Tips to save money and get your job completed fast

 

• Repair instead of replacing

When something can be repaired, there is no need of replacing it. You should only opt for replacement if it is the only option.

 

• Put it in writing

Having the handyman to sign a contract means he is committed to the work and if he does not complete it as set out in the contract, it amounts to a breach of contract. A contract ensures that your job will be completed in time ad also according to your requirements.

 

• Don’t pay in full

Never pay a handyman the full amount they ask for. After agreeing on the price, pay half of the total money with the remaining half to be paid when the job is done to your satisfaction.

 

 

About the author

The author is an experienced home improvement writer who contributes in many home improvement magazines and blogs.

 

 

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