Should I Hire a Handyman or Contractor?

Hiring a Handyman – What Homeowners Need to Know

Handyman Services Hilliard Ohio provides Tips on hiring a handyman:  What is the difference between a handyman and a contractor?  Cost is one.  A contractor’s fee to handle the homeowner’s to-do list is not cost effective.  A handyman, who makes a living performing various small repairs and remodeling projects, is often a better alternative.

Once the handyman is on site, moving from one small project to another it is cheaper to get everything done now than have him come back several times.  This is a good reason to have the to-do list ready so that the handyman can handle everything efficiently.

American homeowners are busier than ever with little spare time to handle the simple home repairs and maintenance.  Jobs like this are perfect for your local handyman service.  With the boom in home remodeling, it can be difficult to find a contractor who has time to handle small jobs. And often a contractor’s fees to handle small projects can be prohibitive.

A handyman, who makes a living performing various home repairs and improvements, is a better alternative.  Here are some tips for choosing a handyman service:

Decide the project's scope

A handyman makes a living doing the small jobs which can be completed in one to three days. If the job is going to take more than a week, the homeowner may need to hire a specialized contractor.

For example, if you need a new roof, siding and windows you might hire a reliable contractor who specializes in this areas.  But if you just need a new ceiling fan installed, window treatments or a shelf unit mounted, then a handyman service is your best bet.

How much does a handyman charge?

Like any contractor, a handyman should provide you with a free no obligation estimate before tackling a project.  A homeowner should never hire a handyman until knowing the cost of the project, including materials. Typically, most handyman services charge an hourly rate for labor.

How to find a quality handyman

Finding a handyman is much easier today with many advertising on the internet in your local Yellow pages or through coupon direct mailings.  Find a few that appear to suit your needs and then begin your research before deciding which one to call.

Check with the Better Business Bureau by calling or going online to see if there have been many consumer complaints about the handyman you are considering.  Check the status of their license by calling the appropriate authority in your state.

If all is good so far, the interview process is next.   Ask for references and call them to make sure the handyman did quality work and stood behind their service with a guarantee.  

Very Important!  Make sure the handyman service you have working in your home is properly insured.  The homeowner could be liable for any damages or injuries while the handyman is working if he is not covered by worker’s compensation and liability insurance.

Working with a handyman service

Prepare your to-do list of all the home repairs and improvements that you need done.  Once the handyman is on site, moving from one small project to another is cheaper than having them come back two or three different times.

What’s on your to-do list?  HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs and maintenance projects.  HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have minor repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.

Tom Mills and his wife, Laurie have always dreamed of owning a business where they provide a needed service that offers great value to the customer and requires a high level of integrity and customer service.  The dream became reality when Tom and Laurie Mills purchased their HandyPro Handyman Service franchise in Columbus, Ohio in November, 2010.  HandyPro service technicians are licensed, bonded, insured and they are long-time members of the Better Business Bureau with ZERO complaints and a BBB rating of A+.  

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