How to Hire the Right Handyman

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Slow Down

Finding the right Handyman and setting up the job will take longer than doing the job itself. If you’re in a rush, put it off.  If you want to buy the cheap supplies just to get the project done, you will be replacing the supplies or rebuilding that room sooner than you expect.  Wait until you can do it right! 

Educate yourself

Learn what it takes to do the job right – not to do it yourself, but to know what questions you need to ask and the answers a pro would give you.

Check references

And not just 3. Go see as many jobs completed by the handyman as possible, including projects done years ago. These tell you the performance and durability of their work.

Do a background check

Make sure they have the proper insurance with minimum liability coverage of $1 million. Call their insurance company to verify their coverage and that it hasn’t expired.

Get in writing

Before hiring a handyman, review their proposal and estimate. They should include every detail about the job. Good companies offer warranties, if they don’t, ask why!  If they’re vague, move on.

Ask for a business card

Get a business card and make sure it looks professional and has the company name on it.  Does it have all the right contact information? If it looks wrong, it probably is, walk away.

Look for Red Flags

If the handyman asks you for large sums of money(more than half) up front or to sign the check to “cash”, those are red flags that need to be questioned.  Don’t be afraid to question things that raise “red flags” in your mind.

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