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Handyman Services

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Home Improvement

Are you looking to hire someone to fix or repair small improvements around your home but don’t think the job is big enough for a contractor?  A handyman is the perfect person for the job. Use the following tips as a guide when searching for a reliable handyman to hire.

Tips for Hiring a Handyman:

Ask for Suggestions.
 Ask friends, family members, and neighbors to recommend a reputable handyman they have used in the past. Check out all of the recommended handymen at to read reviews and make sure there are no outstanding complaints.

Make a List of Needs.  Make a list of exactly what projects you would like the handyman to complete. When selecting a candidate, be sure to ask them about their range of skills and if they specialize in a particular project.  Discuss the list with each handyman you are considering to be sure they have prior experience completing the jobs.

Interview At Least Three Handymen.  Request an estimate from each handyman. Ask all the handymen how many years of experience they have. Ask them to provide a list of references you may contact. Find out if the previous customers were satisfied with the completed project and if it was finished according to schedule. Be sure to ask if they would use the handyman again for a future job if needed. If possible, visit the references’ homes to check out the completed projects in person.

Check Credentials.  Be sure to get proof that the handyman is licensed and registered in the state you live. Find out the type of insurance the handyman carries to be sure you will be covered in case there is an accident on your property. Find out if the job you need completed requires a permit and if the handyman will be able to obtain the permit for you.

Discuss Payment.  The handyman you hire could charge in a variety of different ways. Find out if the handyman charges by the hour, by the type of job, or another method. Set up a payment schedule before they start working on your house.

Get Everything in Writing.  Require that the handyman provides a contract that includes: the start and completion date, details of each job, and the payment schedule. Ask if the handyman will provide a guarantee for their work. If so, be sure it’s included in the written agreement. Before making the final payment, inspect the completed job to be sure it’s done to your satisfaction.

Beware of Scams.  Don’t trust handymen that solicit door-to-door or claim they have material left over from their last job. Walk away from a handyman that demands to be paid before the job is completed. Be wary of handymen that pressure you into a decision, only want to be paid in cash, or request that you obtain a permit for them.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

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