How do you find a handyman in your area? Ideally, this professional should be vetted, experienced, able to do the job quickly and – of course – charge a low cost. Since finding this type of saint is most likely not as easy as it sounds, look for the next best handyman. The process might surprise you.
Determine the Expense (and expanse) of the Project
A handyman, as opposed to a contractor, does small jobs. While one homeowner’s small job is another’s major remodeling project, a common rule of thumb could be a dollar amount that is limited. California’s Contractors State License Board draws the line at $500, which includes labor and materials. Any job that costs more to complete can only be completed by a state-licensed contractor. Using this as a rule of thumb, you avoid hiring a handyman for a project that is potentially above the professional’s level of expertise.
Detail a List of Tasks and Diversity Your Approach if Needed
To find a handyman in your area, write out a list of tasks that you want to see finished. You may be surprised to learn that a handyman is not necessarily a jack-of-all-trades. If you need a faucet replaced, your shrubs trimmed and the gazebo repainted, you will frequently find it necessary to select more than one handyman. Some are great with a paintbrush but would not know the front end of a water line.
The Best Handyman has References
Do not just hire someone because the person came to your house and left a flyer. Rather, talk to friends, family members or – if none of them have ever used a handyman before – ask your neighborhood real estate agent for advice. These professionals usually work with handymen to get properties ready for sale by doing small cosmetic upgrades. When you do get recommendations, ask for further references or drive by the properties to see the work first-hand.
Know the Difference
Vijaianand Thirnageswaram, a Texas realtor, explains the difference between the investor and the homeowner handyman. While the former will work to save you money and just wants to get the job done to be functional and overall attractive, the latter will put his heart and soul into the project and do all the little extras to make it perfect. Depending on your budget, you may do better with the homeowner handyman who takes personal pride in the work and will do the job as though it was for the professional’s own home.