3 Things To Consider Before Hiring A Handyman
If you have never hired a handyman before and are not sure what questions to ask or what you need to know before doing so, here is a list of things to find out before you hire a handyman.
Have you ever been in the middle of a DIY home renovation project and just found yourself completely and utterly stuck? Have you then decided that it’s time to call a handyman to help out but not sure what you should be looking for?
Doing DIY jobs can be extremely entertaining, and not to mention a lot of fun. Usually, though, the fun part of a DIY home renovation project goes as far as buying all the supplies and designing everything out. The fun tends to go away after a few hours of tedious hard work is ultimately then just boring.
Alternatively, a project can actually be really fun, but you just lack the specific skill required to complete the task. Hiring a handyman can be tricky because you want to make sure that you have someone that will be reliable, hardworking, and in your price range, which is why you should always go the extra mile to find an affordable handyman service. If you have never hired a handyman before and you are not sure what questions you should be asking or what you need to know before doing so, here is a list of things to find out before you hire a handyman.
Reference and experience
Much like with most jobs now, experience is an absolute must have. You don’t want someone with zero experience to be fixing your electrics. Usually with experience comes skill that beginners have yet to learn and, while it’s great to be giving young people who are new to the work world a job, it is hard to be able to rely on them purely because you will have no idea if they are any good.
When it comes to finding out about the experience of the handyman in question it is always a good idea to ask if they have references for you to call so that you can find out about their work ethic, skill level, and reliability.
Any good handyman will have quite a decent list of references that he will happily oblige to provide. Once you have this list, try calling at least two of the references to make sure that opinions on the handyman are the same alike and suitable for what you are looking for in a handyman.
Most handymen rely on word of mouth and customer referrals when it comes to finding work, so it might be a good idea to ask around in your family or friend circle to see who they have enjoyed working with in the past.
The legal stuff
It’s no fun having to go through all the work of finding a handyman, only to find out that the renovations you are wanting to do require a bunch of permits. While permits aren’t usually required for inside renovations such as retiling floors and fixing appliances, they are, more often than not, required for project on the exterior of your house. This can range from changing the lighting around your house, all the way to building a second storey to the house. The downside to these permits is that you usually have to acquire them yourself although, most handymen will be able to get them for you if you want, but not with going a hefty cost attached to it.
In terms of the handyman’s personal legal requirements, in most parts of the world, to be a handyman you are required to have a license that is suited to your countries regulations. Most handymen are licensed to do specific job such as flooring, plumbing, and electrics. It is important to verify that they have their license before hiring them to work for you as this is crucial to the safety of yourself and ultimately of the handy man.
When looking for a handyman, it is
important to go into the process with a budget
for your project. Make sure to calculate what
you can actually afford. Going through a company
might be easier in the long run but it will be
costly, whereas going straight to the handyman
might mean that they are less professional and
reliable, or that their work is of a lower
standard. When it comes to discussing the
payment, make sure to ask for a quote and be
prepared to have to make a down payment in order
for the handy man to buy all the necessary