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How to Find a Good Handyman

Unless you are a handyman yourself, or you live with one, there will come some point in your life when you'll need to hire a handyman. Finding a good one can be difficult, however, as there are those (few, but notorious) who take advantage of people without the knowledge. Knowing what to look for can mean the difference between a botched job and an amazing one.

Choosing the right Handyman

Word of Mouth
Asking your family and friends to see if they have any recommendations is always a good way to start finding a good handyman. Your friends and family will give you a firsthand, honest account of what it was like to work with them.

If they can't recommend anyone, then use the internet. If they are reputable, they will have testimonials on their website and on other places on the web too. Ask to see their work that they have done previously, or to speak with someone that they have already worked with.

Get Estimates
Make a list of what home improvements you want doing, and make notes as you talk to different handymen. You should get quotes from a variety of different companies, but at least three, so you can make sure that you get the best deal. They may charge in different ways, for instance by time or by the job over all, but if you get a comprehensive quote it should be relatively easy to compare. Don't always go for the cheapest quote, especially if it seems too good to be true, as it could be an indication of poor workmanship.

Make Sure They're Playing by the Rules
Inviting a stranger into your home is potentially dangerous. That's why you should look for a handyman who is CRB checked and has public liability insurance, and preferably be part of a regulatory body, such as the Guild of Handymen for instance.

Get a Contract
It may seem silly or insignificant to get a contract, especially for a half an hour job, but it is necessary. Think of it as the formalities of employment, as it will protect you from the handyman not doing the job that you wanted them to.

If They Did a Good Job, Let Them Know
Handymen get a bad rep in general, so leaving them a testimonial or being a good referee - providing they deserve it – is always a good gesture to make.

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