Hiring an excellent handyman or general contractor can be a simple process, provided you go about it the right way. Here are our top tips for getting the hiring process just right.
Know your needs.
Do remember, before you even begin the process, that not every handyman or general contractor does everything. AN important part of the decision process will be ensuring you have picked the right professional for your needs. General contractors, on big projects, will generally coordinate other specialists for you. Be sure to do your side of the bargain, too. Know what work you need doing. Preferably have it down clearly in writing on a list. When we say know what you’re looking to have done, we mean it. Many people have only a half-heated, waffley idea of what they want doing. Give it proper thought and have a firm plan so they can quote you accordingly. And don’t toss in surprises on the way- or at least be prepared to pay for them if you do.
People who have a great general contractor or handyman are usually more than happy to chat about them. If they did good work, fast, and you know the referrer, what better peace of mind could there be? Be sure to check out references and reviews too, although lacking the personal factor can make these slightly less reliable. You can source handymen through places like the yellow pages, Craigslist and even flyers you have received.
Get all the frills from your handyman.
Insurance is vital on even the smallest of jobs, otherwise you will be held liable for the damage. Liability insurance is critical, and workman’s compensation should be in place if it’s a big job. All reputable general contractors will have insurance. Be sure you also have a frank discussion about payment with the service provider. Know what they want paying and how they want it paying- per hour, per job, part payments, deposits? It’s critical that this be settled to both parties’ satisfaction before work begins. Getting a good estimate beforehand will be a vital part of this. In general, a ‘good’ estimate is seen to be one that is within 10% of what you finally pay. To avoid being lowballed, stress this expectation to service providers.
It’s all in the timing.
Of course, good handymen are also busy, and may not be able to take your work on immediately. They shouldn’t keep you waiting forever, however. A good general contractor will give you a firm schedule of when they will start and when they expect to end. Hold them to that schedule. You can get side-lined easily otherwise if a more lucrative project crops up. Your contract needs to be written and specify all of this up front for best protection and results. Be sure to find out what guarantee is offered, too.view full info from http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/kind-hearted-south-yorkshire-handyman-gives-services-for-free-1-7636808
Hiring a good handyman and general contractor need not be the chore people think it is, as long as you know what you need to say and do upfront.