Owning your own home means you are living the dream! There are so many wonderful benefits that come with home-ownership.
But sometimes dealing with the maintenance of a household can be time-consuming and frustrating. Who has time to spend a few hours every month or two on all the little projects that need to be done around the house?
We are all busier than ever today. So we need to take as much extra responsibility off of our plate as we can.
After all, we wanted a house so that we could enjoy it with our families, friends not so we could spend every Saturday fixing leaky faucets, installing screen doors, or doing deck repair.
It can make a lot of sense to hire a handyman company rather than have the headache of doing all the projects around your home yourself.
When you are looking for help with your to-do list (or honey-do list), you need a handyman who will do a great job and will be reliable.
If you don’t already have a local handyman you trust, how can you find a handyman that will take good care of your home improvement projects and not scam you?
Thankfully, there are some solid indicators you can look for that can help you spot the best handyman as you look for the right service for your home repair needs.
10 signs of a good handyman
- Has a good reputation with customers and is willing to give referrals.
You want someone who has a lot of happy and repeat business.
- Is licensed and fully insured.
You need the peace of mind that if something were to go wrong, this handyman service will be able to fix it and repair any damage.
- Doesn’t use high-pressure sales tactics.
Choose someone who is honest about what you really need and who isn’t just trying to pad his/her own pocket.
- Doesn’t ask for full or large payment upfront.
If you pay almost all of the cost or all of it upfront, you have no recourse if your handyman bails out and doesn’t complete the job.
- Knows his/her limitations.
It’s important to hire someone who will let you know what types of work require a handyman or contractor and who will refer you to a specialist if needed.
- Has been in business for a significant period of time.
You want someone who has skill and experience.
- Responds promptly to calls, questions, and concerns.
This tells you that you won’t be left in a lurch and that your handyman will likely take good care of you the whole way through the job.
- Can provide good before and after pictures of past projects done.
It’s a great idea to see the quality of work someone has done in the past before hiring them to work on your home.
- Trustworthy with pricing, your property, and his/her work.
Choose someone who is upfront and honest in all of these areas so that you won’t be scammed.
- Handles any permits for the job and doesn’t ask you to pull the permits.
If a handyman expects you to take care of the permits, this can be a red flag that you are not dealing with a reputable service.
A handyman can save you a lot of time and money!
If you just need small home services and repairs done, don’t waste your money on a contractor or specialist (plumber, electrician, etc…). A handyman can often tackle all the little issues that have been piling up around your house and will often just charge by the hour.
Then you have your free time back and can focus on the things that really matter most in life!