How to Find a Trustworthy and Reliable Handyman
Every home, at some point, whether new or old, requires the services of a handyman. Whether it is installing a new heater or fixing a leaky pipe, or any other services, you want to make sure that you hire the right man for the job. You need someone who can do the job effectively yet doesn’t charge excessively.
Getting reliable handyman services in Singapore can sometimes be challenging since there are also quacks in the market. A reliable handyman will ensure that he does the project efficiently, professionally and within the agreed timeframe. This article gives us some insights when it comes to hiring a handyman.
- Do extensive research
When it comes to hiring a painter, plumber, or an experienced handyman, you must do thorough research. There are sources such as Google reviews out there that can give you valuable information about your potential hire. Some of the things that you should look for when doing your research include, reviews and testimonials, business license numbers, portfolios of recent work, the average fee in your area, etc. You can also ask your friends for recommendations.
- Interview the potential hires
Hiring a handyman over the phone can be your worst decision. A potential handyman should review the project on site or via photographs, then offer his quote, and show that he is suitable for the assignment. Some of the questions you should ask your potential hire include, how long he has been in the industry, his experience regarding the type of project, pictures of prior similar project done, whether he is licensed, etc. The answers to these questions will help you to figure out if you can trust him and if he is indeed the professional for the job.
- Agree on the scope of work
This is very important when hiring a handyman. Make sure that you and the handyman agree on the scope of work that is supposed to be completed. Failure to do so can lead to a prolonged project or a project that exceeds your budget. You should also sign an agreement. Before signing the agreement, ensure that the entirety of your project is mapped out clearly.
- Figure out the payment
Another thing is to figure out how and when to make payment. You should not pay fully for a project until it is completed. Some handymen will ask for a deposit, and that’s very okay. But the moment they ask for all the money before a project even begins, this will be a red flag. As a homeowner, you have the power over the project. However if you make all the payment before the project even started, the power will have shifted.
- Verify license number and insurance
Some handymen may lie about their business license numbers. Some vocations may not require verification. But if possible, you should always verify the license number before you hire that potential handyman. You should also ensure that they have proper insurance coverage. Ensure that the insurance also covers you, should anything happen to you or your property.
- Call references
The last stage of hiring a handyman is to call the references. There’s no need to ask for references if you don’t intend to call them. Otherwise consult the previous customers for their general opinions about your potential hire. You can also ask them regarding the handyman’s style of communication and how they handled delays or pressure arising from the project.