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BEFORE HIRING A HANDYMAN ASK THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

BEFORE HIRING A HANDYMAN ASK THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

Those Tedious Little Jobs

Unless you are a fervent DIY enthusiast, there will come a time when you require the services of a handyman. Maybe for some home repairs such as rotten wood that needs replacing or outdoor lights that have stopped working or your wooden gate that keeps sticking. Before you hire anyone, ask these questions.

1. WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE?

A handyman is by nature a jack of all trades but you really want to find out whether he has experience of your particular problem. The range of talents and skills is very broad among handymen. Some specialize in remodeling projects whereas others focus on odd jobs around the house. Understand what is involved in the job you require doing and ask appropriate questions. If the job is too complex, you may need a specialized contractor.

2. CAN YOU DRAW UP A SCOPE OF WORK?

This may not be necessary if you are using a handyman for one small job, but if there is a list of repairs, it is advisable to ask for a written scope of work and an estimate so there are no surprises at the end.

3. HOW ARE THE FEES PAID?

The scope of work will already have listed the cost, materials, hourly rate and tax. Check whether a deposit is required. Never pay in advance for services.

4. DO YOU HAVE ANY REFERENCES?

Many handymen are a one man band and may not be able to afford a website with testimonials. It is not easy to find someone to do small jobs and finding a good local Pasadena handyman can make regular home maintenance a lot simpler. Ask for a local reference, ideally someone in your neighborhood. A quick phone call about how a job was finished, how quickly it was done and whether the handyman cleaned up afterwards can help you make a decision.