Sometimes, your list of jobs builds up and it just makes sense to hire a handyman. If you hire a handyman (or woman), you need to know that the job is being done properly. We look at ways that you can make sure you are hiring a handyman you can trust, and how to keep on top of the jobs that they do.
List the Jobs
Before you hire a handyman, make a list of jobs that you want him or her to do. It can help to walk around the house and list everything room by room (fit dimmer switch, fill in holes and cracks in walls, clear gutter).
Find the Right Man (or Woman) for the Job
It is always a good idea to get at least two quotes from different traders or firms. Take a look at the handymen in your area. Read reviews, take a look at any images of work that they have done, and pick two (or more) to get in touch with. Give them a call or email, list the jobs you want doing to check they possess the right skills and find out what their hourly rate is.
Ask for References
Independent reviews are there to make your life easier, so that you have a good idea of the standards and skillsets of the traders listed on Trust A Trader. If, however, a trader or organisation doesn’t have as many reviews as you would like, don’t be afraid to ask for references. A reliable trader will be happy to provide you with contact details.
Discuss Payment Terms
We know that nobody likes talking about money but it is important that you discuss terms and payment details before any work starts. Never pay cash in advance: no reliable trader will ask you to do so and if they do, alarm bells should start ringing. Your arrangement may mean that you need to buy materials, so make sure you are aware of what you need to do beforehand and don’t feel pushed into making payment of any kind until the work has been completed and you are 100% happy with it.
This may sound obvious, but traders aren't psychic. If you aren't clear about what you want done, or the end result, they may get the wrong idea. Make sure that channels of communication are open: tell your handyman what you want, ask if it is possible and ask how they are planning to do it. If you change your mind or are unhappy with the visual or practical results, make sure you say something! The sooner you air your doubts, the quicker (and cheaper) it will be to rectify.
By being honest, confident and doing your research, you can make sure that you find a handyman near you to get all those annoying little jobs done quickly and professionally!