In this article I hope to help you make an informed decision about what type of Handyman you should hire for your homes projects.
First and foremost, it is important to interview your Handyman before hiring him. Ask them a few questions such as if they are insured and registered with their state as a Home Improvement Contractor.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references or pictures of their previous work. A quality handyman will appreciate that you are taking the time to verify they are a good individual to hire.
The wrong Handyman to hire:
Sadly there are many fly-by-night handyman out there looking to make a quick dollar and head back to the local bar.
These individuals may be proficient at their trade and sell their services for far less then a professional outfit, but they do so by cutting corners. If you are looking for this type of Handyman, let me warn you they may not show up for the appointment you book with them, or they may be hours late. If you value your time, this can be very frustrating.
Secondly, these handyman are typically not individuals that you would feel comfortable inviting into your home. They may be thieves, or have a criminal record.
Lastly, let talk about insurance, licensing, and general business structure. The fly-by-night handyman will almost always have none of the above.
Their services commonly come uninsured, meaning if any of their work fails and creates major problems in your house, they do not have the insurance to repair your home. If they lack licensing or a business entity such as an LLC, they essentially have nothing to lose should something go wrong, and chances are you will never see them again.
So you may be thinking “I can deal with these circumstances if they get my job done cheaply.” The biggest reason an unprofessional handyman can charge low prices is simple. They do not pay taxes, and they do not have health insurance.
A professional Handyman will commonly pay 30% of his income to the government in the form of taxes and licensing. He also must provide his own health insurance for himself and family. These costs add up quickly and make it hard for the professional Handyman to compete with a fly-by-night Handyman.
While a professional outfit may cost you more, you can be assured that you are getting quality service from an individual that cares about you and your home.
I hope this article helps you make an informed decision about what type of Handyman is best for your home’s projects.
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