How To Find A Good Handyman

How To Find A Good Handyman

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How To Find a Good Home Repair Handyman

People just love their homes since this is a place where we belong, where we stay and most of all we feel comfortable with our family, however, we get so busy with some other important things in our daily lives, we often don’t have time in doing home maintenance and repairs. Such damages of walls or doors, fixing the roof, installing new appliances, fixing the bathroom sink, cleaning clogged pipes and many other things that are needed to be maintained or fixed that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do it yourself. That’s where learning how to find a good handyman comes into play! 

Though not all handymen are plumbers, electricians or carpenters. Others limit their labors to do yard work, mowing grasses and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Nevertheless, it should not be difficult to find a good handyman. 

Here is what you need to know before you hire a home repair handyman:

#1:  Make a list for your handyman of things that are needed to be done.

Make the rounds of the house and inspect each and every detail that needs to be done.  This way will help you figure out what a handyman needs to accomplish before contacting them because many handymen offer different kinds of services depending on their capabilities. 

By listing all the things things you want repaired, a handyman can then determine if fits his abilities. Choose a handyman who has a range of skills well-suited in a particular field of work.

#2:  Get references from a reliable source on any handyman you are considering.

Finding a good handyman starts with your inner circle. Start by getting references from your relatives, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to see if there is anybody that they can recommend. Ask them if they know a handyman that is prompt, did quality work, and completely lived up to expectations. Referrals are always the best because you will also know that they did a great job.

But if you cannot find referrals, you can do research online. There are also sites that have reviews and ratings through that you will know if the services they offer for a handyman job is good or not. 

Check a handyman’s Google reviews, Facebook reviews or Yelp reviews and make sure they don’t have any glaring issues. Be sure you leave a review on these places as well after you work with any handyman so others can know what it is like to work with that handyman.

#3:  Choose a handyman that is licensed, bonded, and insured. (MAYBE)

It’s not easy to always know how to find a good handyman. But looking for one that is licensed, bonded and insured handyman are supposedly stress-free guarantee. Why? If in case they damage your property while working it will be covered by their insurance.

However, as long as your handyman is insured and you have checked references you pretty much have the same guarantee. It’s most important that you know how to find a good handyman with insurance! Be sure to ask for a certificate of insurance before they start a job and that it is current throughout the job.

#4:  Establish a time frame for your home repair job.

You and your handyman must agree to a schedule on when to start the work and when it will most likely be finished. This is important to know when your handyman expects to be on the job. Establish a timeframe and both of you must agree on it.

#5:  Get a contract in writing and request a written cost estimate.

When you are looking for a good handyman, it is important to both be on the same page! Contracts will help with this!

Be sure to sign a contract in order to agree on things and to avoid miscommunication, confusion or forgotten details. This will also serve as proof in case any misunderstandings might happen. You will have a documented proof to take with you to court.

Also, request a written cost estimate of the materials and the charge of labor before starting with the work. It will specify the price and time for completion.

#6. Join the United Handymans Association for Homeowners

For a small fee, you can register with the United Handymans Association for Homeowners. By doing this you have

  • access to certified home professionals that have been screened
  • fraud protection guarantee in the chance there is fraud they will pay you back for your loss
  • mediation services if you have problems with your home professional
  • access to home guides that help you keep track of paint colors, faucet types, maintenance, etc. 
  • full access to a video library of how to videos. You’ll be able to learn how to perform small tasks such as lighting the water heater, turning off gas, etc.  

If you are in the Phoenix Valley we hope you will consider Handyman Larry as you are looking for a good handyman. We are committed to making our customers experience with us the best they’ve ever had. Reach out to us for a free estimate today.

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Comments (27)

  • Good read! Thankfully I have a very handy husband but there have been times where I’ve needed a handyman when he’s out of town. good tips!

    jen
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  • I wish my husband was a handyman, but he’s unfortunately not…it always seems daunting finding one, but these are really great tips to keep in mind!

    Chelsea
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  • My husband is in this line of work and his whole business was built on referrals. One neighbor to the next!

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    • That is a great way to find a handyman as well as a great compliment to the handyman. We love referrals!

      kariebabbitt
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  • These are great tips! My dad has built a very successful handyman business, also out of referrals. And of course, I still call him when I need anything!

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    • Dads are the best! We still have Dad fix help fix things.

      kariebabbitt
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  • We really need to do this. We have a very old house and there are so many things that need to be fixed that we just don’t really know how to fix!

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  • Great pointers! Finding good help for your home can be so hard!

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  • What great reminder and safeguards! I keep seeing stories on the news about fake “handymen” getting paid thousands of dollars and then never showing up agin for the project. I’m all about the referral and double checking a person online!

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  • This is all great advice! We have a very difficult time finding quality help and have had one experience that was an absolute nightmare! United Handyman Association might be a good idea for us – thanks!

    Lauri
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  • Very informative article. I’ve never heard of the United Handyman Association before. Will definitely check it out!

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  • I had not heard of “United Handymans” before. This is super useful. Thank you!

    Nicki
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  • I am sooooo thankful that I have lots of family who are handy – electricians, plumbers, contractors. I would be lost without them!

    Rachel Newlon
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    • That is a nice benefit of having handy family members. 🙂

      kariebabbitt
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  • Good advice! Checking references is so important. And I had never considered the insurance part before. Thank you.

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    • Thank you. Yes, I feel like having insurance is one of the most important parts because at least you know that you are covered if there is damage done.

      kariebabbitt
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  • Great tips! I love the idea of just making a long list and having some one knock it out in a day or two!

    Janine
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  • Great advice. Good handyman is hard to find

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  • Glad you shared this! Some people don’t know where to start when it comes to household repairs.

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  • Great advice. I have always had my dad come fix everything because he is quite the handman, but sometime I am probably going to have to let him off the hook and actually hire someone. haha!

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    • Even though we have a handyman business and have handyboys it seems when dad visits he still fixes something. Love those dads! 🙂

      kariebabbitt
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  • What is super helpful post! Such great tips year! Thanks so much!

    Laura
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  • These are some great tips. Thanks for an informative post!

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  • What great tips. We had the hardest time finding a handyman when we had our rental in New Mexico. I got people with great referrals but they wouldn’t call back. That registry seems like a great tool.

    Pauline
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  • Yes, a good reliable handyman is hard to find especially in a small town. Checking out your recommendation. Thank you!

    Georgette
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  • I’ve used lots of handymen in the past and have been ‘lucky’ to find some good ones without checking on references… you have some great tips and advice. I shouldn’t rely on ‘luck’ for sure!!

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    • That’s great that you haven’t had any bad experiences. I think there is more good than bad experiences but it is nice to have that added comfort.

      kariebabbitt
      Reply

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