How To Choose Your Handyman
Finding and working with a quality Handyman or Contractor is an essential part of home ownership. They can help you quickly tackle your never-ending list of small home repair projects, and they can also perform major renovations that are too large to be handled by yourself. Learning how to choose a good handyman is crucial. Without careful selection, you may end up overpaying or receiving poor quality work or incomplete projects.
A good handyman will:
5 Steps To Choosing Your Handyman
- Ask friends and family members for referrals. The best way to source a good handyman is to start by asking those around you. Many friends and family members who own homes will have already established a relationship with a local business and will be able to recommend one or advise against another. This step will give you access to honest feedback.
- Look for contractors online. To boost your search from friends and family, search for handymen online. Customer review websites can helpful for assessing contractors, and specialized sites offer directories of service professionals like handymen. Always check out your referral's website for recent jobs, testimonials etc..
- Search for good feedback or possible complaints. We recommend checking with your local Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade, or Business Association. These organizations are the voice of business in your community and they will only recommend businesses that are reputable.
- Ask for estimates or consultations from different handymen. Once you've found several potential handymen through referrals or online research, ask what their availability is like, and invite one or more to your home to give you an estimate or to consult with you regarding your project(s). Some will do this for free, while others will charge a consultation fee. Ask what this fee would be prior to making an appointment. This will allow you to meet them in person, determine whether or not they are punctual, and see how their pricing compares. The lowest bid is not always the right one. In the end, you do get what you pay for.
- Detail the project in writing. We recommend getting it in writing. This will keep everybody on the same page and clear on details.