If you’re a homeowner, you will most likely find yourself at one point or another in need of a handyman or contractor. Even skilled DIYers may need a professional helping hand to complete tasks they simply don’t have time to do, or for instances when a project is outside of their skillset. Here are a few key questions to ask when hiring out.
1) How long have you been in business?
The length of time a person has been in the field tends to be a clear indicator of their experience and knowledge.
2) How many times have you done (project I need done) before?
Ensuring the person you are hiring for a job has successfully completed similar jobs in the past is important. Many handyman professionals have their specialties/preferences, so seeking one out specific to your particular project at hand is wise.
3) Do you have past clients as references?
In addition to making sure the person you’re hiring has successfully executed comparable work previously, it’s a good idea to contact those clients for reference of a job well done. General reviews can also be helpful when it comes to disclosing things such as punctuality, professionalism, trustworthiness and overall performance.
4) Can you give me a timeline/itinerary for how the work is to be completed?
Make sure you and your handyman agree on the scope of work to be done in advance. From there, it can be helpful to get a general idea of how long the project will take and what will be tackled when.
5) Is your work guaranteed?
To safeguard yourself from dealing with the aftermath of a poor job, an agreed-upon guarantee can often cover defects in workmanship for up to one year for work performed.
6) Can I get that in writing?
Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to have some sort of written agreement signed by both you and the handyman/contractor that covers the extent of work to be performed, the agreed upon timeline and cost, and any sort of warranty/guarantee for work completed.