Every homeowner needs some help with home repairs and maintenance, at least every now and then and every homeowner knows that good handymen are hard to find. However, good, experienced and reliable handymen are out there, so here are a few ideas that can help you hire the best of them:
- Prepare a list with the tasks you need to get done, don’t forget things like those pesky kitchen cabinet drawers that need repaired or replaced – your checklist will guide your search into the right direction and it will also give you more confidence while dealing with handymen. Try to find out as much as possible about the processes involved in your project – the more knowledgeable you are, the more convincing you become.
- Get references – check internet forums and talk to people you know to identify reliable handymen in your area. Find out about promptitude, work quality, fees, politeness and general attitude as well.
- Check licenses and other documents – look for a handyman that is licensed, bonded and insured to avoid difficult situations in case of property damage or an accident.
- Request written cost estimates from multiple handymen and compare them in terms of labor costs, material costs, warranties and scheduling – this is a phase that is very important, but often skipped by homeowners, especially if they need a handyman to solve an emergency situation, but try to include it in the selection process if you have the time.