Home repair and improvements are common; you may need some help with it if you don’t have the time, skill or inclination to do it yourself. Most often families want to hire a handyman for their repair or home improvement job, and opt to look for professionals living close by. The easiest way to find them is to do a quick search on a Google, with easy terms that include your location, like handyman Sydney Men Behaving Handy.
According to expertise.com, if you plan to hire a handyman, then here are a few things to consider before hiring one.
List out the work
Before reaching out to any handyman, list out the things you want to be fixed. Make sure to stick to the list as much as possible. Any changes to the list after assigning work to the handyman will have an impact on the budget and the schedule
Get references of the work done by handyman
The business of a handyman grows more through word of mouth than any other form of marketing. A satisfied customer is more than willing to give a good feedback about the work. Ask for references of work from the handyman you have short-listed and get in touch with them to find out about the quality of work, adherence to schedule and promptness.
Get Quotes for labor and materials
Get estimates for the labor as well as the materials separately. See if buying the materials yourself works out better for you. Also make sure to tell potential candidates that beyond the specified amount, no extra money will be paid. Be specific about this fact, as many candidates quote a low price initially to get hired and later increase it mid-way through the job.
Be clear about how and when the payment has to be made. Do they expect to be paid on an hourly basis or paid by the job? Some handymen would want a part of the money paid upfront as an Advance payment to order supplies or parts needed for the job.
Scheduling of work
Check with the handyman how soon the work will be started and when it is likely to end. Agree upon a timeline for the job completion and make sure to insist on the conclusion in that timeframe. At times when the project is ahead of schedule, they might slack in your work and work on other projects.
A written agreement or contract signed by both parties is always advisable. More often verbal communication brings a lot of confusion, misunderstanding or missing details, to avoid this put a deal in place with the details of what is expected and what is agreed. In the case of a handyman not honoring the contract, you have documented proof that can be submitted to the court of law.
Guarantee and warranty
Guarantee and warranty may not apply to small jobs or repairs, but if you have handed over a large project like adding a deck to your house, or any major plumbing or electrical job make sure to get a guarantee in writing for the quality of work done.
Using the above tips, you will have no problems finding or hiring a handyman who can take care of your repair and maintenance issues.