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How to Hire a Handyman: Tips and Tricks

Looking to hire a general contractor or handyman? We have the tips you need.

Look in all the right places.

The right places will be places you can get a sense of their service from. The best place to start is among your own social circle, of course. People who have had good experiences will tell you about it, and you will get a true sense of what the work done looks like and what the process was like. Of course, you may not get lucky enough to have people you trust who have had good work done. In that case, you will need to look into the wider world for inspiration as to who to hire. The references provided by the service provider and online reviews cannot be taken as robustly as a direct referral from a friend, but can certainly be useful. Do be certain to properly investigate references, however, and take online reviews with a pinch of salt. Once that is done it is absolutely critical that you screen the handyman or general contractor properly.

How to interview a general contractor or handyman.

Firstly, raw estimates never work. A professional has to see the scope of the work before they can give you a reliable estimation. Remember, some states even require that the estimate be written in order to protect you, so it’s vital to get it right. Ask about the work they’ve done before, and any professional body certifications they may have. Get rough estimations for your work. Make it clear you expect these to be within 10% of the final cost to prevent low balling. They should be able to give you a detailed plan of action, too, as well as a deadline and a start time. Don’t be too put out if they can’t start straight away. After all, a good handyman is a busy one. General contractors who promise the world- things that sound too good to be true- need to be kicked to the curb fast too. Take this moment to ask about insurances they carry, too.

What to do once you have hired a handyman.

Once you’ve hired the right general contractor or handyman, do it on contingency that estimates and plans are made. Changes should also not be made without your authorization. Budget overruns and materials need to be cleared by you. A written agreement is essential too. Don’t pay up front unless you’re using custom materials on special order. However, paying a portion along the way is not unreasonable and a common strategy. Once the details are settled, however, you still can’t check out and leave the general contractor to their own devices.learn additional information and updates at http://www.safetyonline.com/doc/tx-construction-association-safety-workplace-safety-efforts-0001

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Remember, this project means a lot more to you then it means to them. Stick to the contractor and be actively engaged in the work you are having done. Be sure to ask about things you don’t understand, and stay involved in the project to make sure it’s done right.

Hiring a handyman and general contractor isn’t as difficult as you think.