Tips For Choosing A Handyman

At one time, a handyman was someone who did odd jobs around a household or ran errands, usually for minimal compensation. That definition is changing rapidly in today's society. Now many people who provide these types of services are considered contractors, and are licensed and insured. Instead of having a separate person for every job, they specialize in many types of work and can handle even the longest "Honey Do" list. From general repairs to plumbing work, these professionals can usually handle every task you can throw at them.

The best form of advertising is word-of-mouth, so ask your neighbors, friends, and family if they know someone that can handle the job. More often than not they can point you in the right direction. In most states, you do not have to be licensed to perform general labor of this nature. You should check your local or state laws to see if it is required where you reside. You should also inquire if the contractor is insured and bonded. This will protects you from any potential mishaps.

Before contacting a potential helper, you should make a list of all of the things you want or expect this person to do, as well as a general time frame in which you expect it to be done. You should also have a good idea of how much you are willing to spend. You should be prepared to buy the necessary items to complete the work, so figure that into your budget. If you are unsure of what you need, you should ask the person before agreeing to begin the work. That way you will know what the costs will be up front and won't have an expensive surprise when the work is complete.

When you first meet with the person you want to do the work, you should ask him about his experience and if he has had any training in the areas in which you need work performed. While some may have had no formal education in repair work, many have had informal training such as an apprenticeship. Others just may have a lot of practice. It is up to you to decide if you are comfortable with their skills.

There are some franchises now that have insured and bonded professionals working for them. While you may wind up paying more for these services than you would for someone who only performs these services in their spare time, you may feel more comfortable knowing that these companies are licensed, insured, and bonded, and are very aware of their reputations. Many times they will have a contract with guarantees for you to sign before work begins. Some "part-time" workers will also have contracts, but they tend to be less formal.

It is ultimately up to you to decide what type of professional you choose to perform your household repairs and chores. Arming yourself with information is your best bet for getting the job done to your satisfaction and within your budget.

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