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What to know before you hire a handyman

What kind of work are you able to do?

While you may have a lot of work to do, it is important that your handyman can take care of them. Although handymen may claim to be masters of all trades, they might not specialize in your required work. You wouldn’t trust your general practitioner for surgery. A handyman may not be qualified to do work specific to trade. A handyman may be able to do minor electrical and plumbing work like unclogging a drain or fixing a light fixture. A tradesperson should be contacted for more complex work. You could be in danger of serious consequences if you do not follow the correct procedure. This is also true for plumbing. It may seem okay to hire a non-specialist for a job like putting up a door jam. But, it is a good idea to think twice before you give specialized labor to a handyman.

Are you able to provide local references?

Many handymen rely on word-of-mouth and customer referrals. A handyman who is skilled and can do good work should be able to provide local references. You should ask for three to five references from customers and then call at least two at random. Online reviews are also available. You might not find all handymen listed on the Better Business Bureau. However, you may want to verify just in case. They don’t have to be listed to be reliable. You should find out if they have negative reviews or are listed.

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Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

You may think you don’t need to worry about the details of the small jobs that handymen do. You could pay a lot if someone is hurt while working in your home. You are responsible for any injuries sustained by a worker if they don’t have liability insurance. You should also ensure that the handyman has the proper insurance in case they cause damage to your property. Many states and localities license handymen and the trades they might specialize in. A licensed professional will have at least a basic understanding of their work. You are protecting yourself by hiring a licensed, bonded and insured handyman. It is dangerous to hire a handyman without these qualifications.

What is the cost of labor and materials?

Before you start the job, a skilled handyman will be able to give you an estimate. The final cost should not exceed 10% of the estimate. It is important to have a written estimate and let the handyman know the 10% rule. A set limit on how much you will pay helps you avoid price gouging.

What price do you set for your work?

Handymen can charge per hour. Some handymen charge by the hour. Others are more oriented towards per-project pricing. It is important to know what they charge before you go to determine if your bill is fair. This information and a price quote will allow you to compare estimates from different handymen.

When will the work be completed?

You might be as busy as your handyman. You must be clear about when and where the work will begin. It may only take an hour for a small task. It may take two days to complete a larger job. You can avoid being inconvenienced by a handyman who starts a job and doesn’t finish it. Trust DALE sees this all the time. It’s possible to save a lot of time by asking a simple question and getting an answer in writing.

Are you able to sign a written contract?

Sometimes, we think of a handyman simply as a friend who helps around the house. This is a business transaction, and everyone must be clear about the scope of work. A well-written contract should detail the work, its time frame, cost, payment terms, and how payments will be made. If the contract is not followed, it protects you and your handyman. A written contract, for example, can be used to support a legal claim against the handyman if they don’t keep their word.

Are you able to provide a guarantee?

It is great to have a handyman in perth to help you with your projects. It can be great to have an experienced contractor to repair what is broken and make the improvements you desire. What happens if their work isn’t up to the mark? Will they repair a clogged sink if it backs up? Will they replace a light fixture that they installed and breaks down or fails? It is important to know ahead of time whether or not your handyman will guarantee his or her work. It is dangerous to wait until the job is done before asking for a guarantee. Written contracts should include a guarantee.

Are you going to work alone?

One person can do some jobs. One person can do a simple job repairing a broken window or railing. Your handyman might be needed for larger jobs. This is usually true for small- to medium-sized renovations. You shouldn’t be surprised to find a handyman who hires an assistant if you are building a fence or painting a room. The extra worker will make the job easier and more efficient. It can also affect the price, so make sure you know in advance. You should also know how many people will be staying in your home.

Find a reliable handyman.

Unreliable handymen are not to be trusted. Unskilled and dishonest contractors have scammed many customers. We have found that contractors and handymen need excellent references and a track record of customer satisfaction. It can be tedious to do all of the research yourself. Dale can do all the research for you.

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