Whether you've just moved or you've been in your house for a while, at some point you are likely to need some repairs or renovation done that you don't have the time or the skills to do. It's a job that too small for a contractor—what you need is the old-fashioned reliable type of handyman who can take care of a wide range of problems around the house and help you get on with your life. Using the resources in BizPals will help in your search for a handyman you can rely on to get all your jobs done right.
USING BIZPALS REVIEWS TO HIRE A HANDYMAN
Your house is an important asset and naturally you want it kept ship-shape. It's important to be able to feel that you have a handyman you can rely on to take care of repairs and renovations in your home. The reviews in BizPals will help you to find the right experienced professional. If you are looking for a handyman with specialized skills, for instance someone with experience in making a dog run or cat door for your pets, the reviews in BizPals are a great way to find a handyman with the expertise that you need.
CHECKLIST FOR HIRING THE RIGHT HANYDMAN
- If your project is nothing more complicated than putting new door handles on, you may decide that you don't need your handyman to have a contractor's license. However, if you decide that you would prefer your handyman to be licensed, you can check with your state's licensing board that your handyman's contractor's license is current.
- It's also a good idea when hiring a handyman to check them out with the Better Business Bureau to see if there any unresolved complaints outstanding, and with both the state and county consumer protection agency.
- Hopefully your project will go smoothly, but occasionally workers are injured on the job. It's important to you make sure that the handyman carries personal liability insurance, property damage insurance, and workmen's compensation insurance. Ask to see the certificates and check that they're up to date. Otherwise you may be liable for the injury incurred during your renovation or repair job.
- Ask if the handyman has experience in the kind of project or repair work that you need done. Not all handymen are expert in all areas of home renovation. Ask them about previous work they have done for other clients. If you have more than one project, make a detailed list so you don't forget anything.
- Check if the handyman will provide a free estimate for the project.
- Find out if the handyman charges by the hour or by the job.
CHECKLIST FOR THE JOB
If the handyman is doing a single project for you, it makes sense for you to be there during the job so you can supervise the work. If the handyman will be making several visits to do various jobs, you may need to make arrangements for getting access to your house, disabling alarms, etc. If pets normally have access to the areas where the handyman will be working, arrange to keep them out of the way for the duration. It will be less stressful for your animals and will help the handyman finish the job quickly without worrying about stepping on your pet rabbit. Discuss in advance whether you need to provide any tools for the handyman. Normally the handyman will bring their own tools, but there may be certain items that it would be easier for you to provide, such as a ladder for gutter cleaning, for instance. Clear as much clutter as possible from the areas the handyman will be working in, to make there job easier. Ask in advance if the handyman will take away any debris from the project if necessary. Will there be an extra charge for this service?
CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATION
- Did the handyman arrive at the agreed time?
- Was the project carried out to your satisfaction?
- Did the handyman's estimate of the cost for the job match what you were charged?
- Was the clean-up after the project satisfactory?