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Handyman Services VS. Home Improvement Chains – How to Choose

Older Americans understand the concept of home repair better than the newer generations. Somehow, somewhere, we’ve lost out handyman ability due to some unknown reasons. Many assume that our busy lifestyles contributed to the decline of our home repair skills. I can’t say that I disagree with that. Over the years, our lifestyles have become so cramped with activity that home repair skill is basically non-existent to the younger generations. For your average Americans, they would rather focus on work and other activities than learn how to do even simple handyman work. That is somehow understandable given the hectic schedule of modern work. The weekdays are spent working and the weekends are usually spent doing fun activities. Only a small part of the work force would want to spend their weekend working on some home repairs.

 

Having said all that, home repair stations have now become popular in America. It is evident by the home improvement chains popping up everywhere. If you check the stats, the numbers of trade and labor workers are fast declining which makes them more in-demand given the lack of home repair skills of your average homeowners.

 

The need for handyman services

 

Because of the lack of handyman skills of most homeowners, the demand for skilled labor workers is great. If you are just like your average homeowner, you would probably just call the local handyman service and let them do the work. If you want to do the repairs yourself, by all means, do it. It is actually a skill worth learning and it would come in handy (no pun intended) in times of need. Most type of home problems almost always happen during inopportune times which makes some knowledge of basic home repair valuable.

 

Hiring Local Handymen

 

One question you need to ask yourself when hiring local handymen is this – are they better compared to bigger handyman chain companies?

 

The answer is quite convoluted but to put it simply, yes, they are somewhat better. However, you need to know some important things before you make the decision of sticking to your local handyman or not. Compared to home repair chains, local handymen are more familiar with the troubles inside the homes of their customers. They are also much more flexible in terms of payment. You can haggle with them fairly easily. If they know you, they would probably give you a big discount.

 

Comparing local handymen to home repair chains

 

Home improvement chains mostly have certain packages that you can choose from. They offer absolutely no wiggle room in terms of payment (also depends on the chain). In terms of customer service, bigger companies are somehow a lot worse than smaller ones. Maybe it’s because they are managing more people but the main thing here is their main priority is profits. Once a handyman company goes national, their main focus becomes their bottomline, usually hurting their customer service in the process.

 

Another thing that you may notice is home improvement chains usually have a template in hand. Their workers, for the most part, are only trained for certain amount of time, probably just months, before they start working professionally. If you are particular about workmanship, you should definitely check out the quality of work of your home improvement chain.