Hiring a handyman is a great way to help you knock off some of your to-do list. Handymen are there to perform any small task that you’re unable to do and are a great alternative rather than having to hire different trades for multiple jobs around the house. Learn more about tips for hiring a handyman below.
Scope of Work
Before you consider hiring a handyman, you should determine the scope of work required for your job or jobs. While some handymen are able to complete larger projects, it may be best to hire a specialist if that’s the case. Keep a handyman in mind for small tasks that you are too busy to complete, or don’t have the proper skill or tools for.
Similar to hiring for a larger renovation project, you should interview a few different handymen. Check out their profiles on HomeStars to read their reviews and browse photos of their most recent work. Be sure to read through other homeowners’ feedback about their own experiences. Look for signs of good customer service and satisfactory work. If you feel comfortable moving forward, request a quote.
Comparing the prices of a couple different pros will ensure that you are not overpaying, or underpaying for a low-quality job. It’s common for homeowners to hire the pro whose quote was in the middle of the group.
Be sure to ask about their prior experience with the work that you are requesting to be completed. If they haven’t performed the task before, you may want to reconsider. It’s best to hire a pro that has experience in your specific type of work, to limit any mishaps which can lead to an incomplete project.
Check for Licensing and Permits
While a small odd job may not require any licensing or permits, be sure to double-check. Any electric work, however small, should be performed by a licensed pro. Any building of small decks or patios may also require a permit. Discuss with your potential pro prior to hiring if they will be able to one, perform the work legally, and two, obtain any permits for the work required.
One-off jobs are tempting to hire and complete quickly, but for you and your home’s safety, it’s best to take all the precautions to complete the work properly and legally.
Get Everything in Writing
Once you have hired a pro, be sure to talk about all aspects of your job, and get everything in writing. Work out a payment plan together and never pay in full upfront. Having a plan ensures that you won’t be overcharged at the end of the job. It may seem silly to have a contract for something as small as hanging your TV, but it’s best practice. Contracts protect both the pro and homeowner in case anything comes up.
When hiring a handyman, it’s important to take the same steps as when you hire any other contractor. Even though it may be a small job, taking the necessary precautions is important in protecting you and your home.