8 Easy Steps to Hiring a Handyman
Sometimes there is just more work around the house than you can
handle. When you find yourself in that position, hiring a handyman
may be the best thing to do.
But where do you start? When hiring a handyman,
you should always do your homework.
Easy Steps to Hiring a Handyman
- Examine your house. Walk through
your house and examine problem areas. What needs to be done? What
is the most important project? Are you going to need a handyman for
just a few days, or are you looking at a long-term working
- Make a list. Write down everything
that needs to be done. List high-priority projects first. These
might include roofing problems, water leaks, issues with windows,
or anything else that could become a more serious problem if not
fixed as soon as possible.
- Decide on a budget. How much can
you afford? If you don't have a large chunk of change to drop on a
major project, consider doing it in phases. Take a long look at
your finances before you commit to hiring a handyman.
- Advertise or call. If there is a
particular handyman you have heard good things about, give him a
call. If you are advertising for a handyman, make it clear what
kind of work you need to have done. A handyman with good plumbing
experience, for instance, might not be able to handle replacing
that electrical panel. You will need to choose a handyman whose
strengths reflect your needs.
- Ask for references. Always get
references or examples of previous work! If the handyman you hire
is contracted by a remodeling firm, speak to them about his
expertise. If you feel unsure about a handyman's experience, go
with your instincts and look elsewhere.
- Walk through. Decided on a handyman
to help you out? Great! Now go on a walk-through of your home,
explaining in detail your list of jobs. Ask for his or her honest
assessment of the work.
- Agree on Rates. How much will you
pay? Will you pay by the hour or by the job? If you are working
with a contracting firm, how much will they charge and what does
- Set a start time! If you are happy
with your choice of handyman, agree on your list, set your start
date, and get to work!
Hiring a handyman can be an exciting step for a homeowner. Take
your time in choosing a handyman who will do a good job on your
property for years to come.
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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