Let’s face it, small repairs can be a major inconvenience and sometimes lead to big issues. Whether through lack of time or specific skills, it sometimes becomes necessary to hire a handyman for the job. When you do need the services of a handyman, make sure you choose the right professional. You owe it to yourself and your home to ensure that quality repairs are done at a reasonable rate. Here are some tips for hiring a handyman!
Research Local Professionals
Your first step in finding the right handyman is to research your area for professionals that are local to your specific area, or at least nearby. Hiring local workers has several advantages. For one, many construction and handyman companies operate in a certain area so you want to make sure that you’re within that service area. If the company needs to travel outside of their range this could add more costs, or at the very least delay the repair process. However, your chief goal should be to find qualified handymen.
Be sure to research the company’s website to see how they present themselves and where their proficiencies lie. Some handymen are straight up handymen, while others are construction specialists who also offer handyman services. To ensure your specific problem(s) gets resolved, seek handymen who have proven experience in the area you need help with. For example, if you need carpentry repairs, seek handymen with woodwork experience. You’ll also want to look for references or reviews of the handyman company. Look for details that speak of the quality of finished repairs, professionalism, and timeliness. If you see consistently poor reviews, look elsewhere. Check if the company is properly licensed and insured for your own protection as well.
List Work Details
When you have a good idea of who you want to hire, begin opening a dialogue with a professional. To do this effectively make sure to collect details about your specific repair needs. If you have multiple issues, be ready to clarify this. You’ll also want to prioritize repairs by importance and/or which you want to be fixed first. These details will help the handyman identify the source of the problems and begin repairs efficiently.
Compensation, Contracts, and Estimates
Be sure that you’re comfortable with how the handyman charges for services, whether per hour or job. You’ll also want to get a receipt or contract of the work to be done to ensure core services will be delivered effectively and within a certain time frame. Good handymen should always stand by their work so be sure to ask about quality guarantees as well.
Seeking an estimate is also very important. This will allow you to have a clear financial amount in your mind to help you budget for repairs. This is also useful for comparing with other service providers. Some handymen offer free estimates as well, which in earnest, indicates a higher level of professionalism and confidence in craftsmanship.
We’re Also Handymen!
In addition to providing specialized construction and remodeling services, our professionals at Ken Cialkowski Construction also offer handyman services for all your home repair needs. We strongly believe that no job is too small or big! Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of service and craftsmanship at an affordable price. Please contact us for more information and a free estimate!