When you need things done in your home like plumbing, tile repair, painting, and replacement of kitchen or bathroom faucets, you have several options. You can call in a professional service. This will insure that the job gets done but will be costly. Professionals change high fees for their services. You can also choose to do the job yourself. Of course you need to time to spare and you have no guarantee that you will be able to do the job at the level of quality you expect. Finally you can call a handyman. Depending on the job, a handyman can deliver the same level of quality as the professionals, because they are professionals. And they can do it at a fraction of the cost giving you an option that truly is the best of both worlds.
But like anything, not all handymen are created equal and you need to know what to expect when you look for a handyman, so you are sure you have selected the right one. Here is a list of the skill set that you can expect from the right handyman:
Always on time
A handyman needs to always be on time. The chances are you need to take time off from work so the handyman can work in your home. You want to make sure that this is time well spent and so the handyman needs to be there at the hour you both agree. The handyman should also keep you up to speed about the progress of the job and finish on time.
The handyman should always have a great attitude and be happy about working with you in your home. He should welcome any questions you have about the quality of his work, his fees and anything you feel was not up to the level of your expectations. Further, you should feel comfortable having him in your home and around your family. He should also be able to have conversations easily with you or members of your family.
The main reason you are hiring a handyman is because he can get the job done. A handyman needs to be able to tackle the job you are requesting. This means having a complete knowledge of the job, the tools needed and how to use them. There should be no cases of on-the-job training or having him stumble through something. Remember a handyman is not a specialist and if you have a job like a difficult plumbing or electrical issue, that requires one you, should not hire a handyman. The only exception is if you ask him to put together furniture from a bog ox store like Ikea. This furniture can be tricky to assemble and often has terrible instructions. If the handyman stumbles around a bit during assembly, it can be forgiven.
A handyman can be a very useful worker who can tackle a long list of jobs and do it efficiently and effectively saving you time headaches and money. Use these guidelines to pick a great one.