How to pick a reputable handyman

Published On: February 18, 20210 Comments on How to pick a reputable handymanTags: Last Updated: February 8, 20243.9 min read

Have you started on a DIY project that you just don’t know how to complete? Are you a first-time homeowner and not sure how to go about hiring a reliable handyman to fix your electrical work? In the DIY world, sometimes things just get to a point where it’s beyond your knowledge. A point when you realize it’s time to call in a professional to help you get it finished, In this day and age there are so many people claiming to be handymen, and making the choice as to who would be best for your project might become a difficult and tedious task if you don’t already know a reliable and trustworthy handyman, especially since there are so many thing to consider.

How to pick a reputable handyman

Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect, reputable, handyman, who will be able to do what you want, exactly how you want it to be done. If you’re stuck trying to choose a handyman, this is a service that has proved reliable in the past, although it’s probably only helpful if you’re in the London area.

The cost usually determines quality

It may be tempting to go for the cheapest offer you can find but, through experience, this just isn’t the way you should be going. It would be great if hiring a handyman wasn’t expensive, but that just isn’t the case once you factor in the time spent, supplies bought, etc. Usually a handyman with more experience and skill will be able to charge a decent amount more because of certain qualifications, this also means that they are usually more qualified and typically know a lot more than most when it comes to this type of work. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if a handyman seem like he is charging way over the average price, then there is a potential that it may be a scam. In the end its best not to go for the cheapest option but also not to go for and excessively expensive option, stick to a mid-range price.

Ask for certification

As for most job these days, handyman also require certification, especially when working on specialised things such as electricals. It is important for them pro be able to provide certain certification for different type of jobs purely for the safety of themselves and you as well. If something were to go wrong, then you can be assured that it’s not from their lack of knowledge but rather an unforeseen accident that could not have been avoided.

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Get a guarantee

The best handymen around will always be able to offer you some form of guarantee, usually up to one year. Having a guarantee mean that if something that the handyman has fixed, breaks in the same way again within the year, they are required to come back and sort it out for you, at no extra cost. Freelance handymen might not necessarily have all the certifications required so in may be in your best interest to go through a company that specialises in what you need fixing. This may end up being more costly but will ultimately be worth it if something goes wrong because the problem will most likely be easily rectified.

References and payment

A good handyman will always have a decently long list of references that they will happily proved for you upon request. This list will allow you to contact past clients of the handyman to ask about their reliability and work ethic, and find out if they are a suitable person for the job. It is always good to make a few calls to past clients just to make 100% sure that you are happy with the handy man. Payment can be a little tricky because usually a handyman will need to buy supplies for your project before beginning. In order to solve this problem without them having to spend money out of their own pocket, they will usually require a deposit that will cover all of the supplies needed, or they will ask you to purchase all the supplies before they begin. Just remember that a good handyman will never ask for a full payment upfront, and it they do then rather be a bit more cautious as it could be a scam. In short, finding a reliable, hardworking, handyman isn’t a hard thing to do, you just have to know what to look for and how to go about it.

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