Handyman versus Contractor

Should I Hire a Handyman or Contractor? 

Welcome to the Allen Handyman Services Website with tips on hiring a handyman:  What is the difference between a handyman and a contractor?  Cost is one.  A contractor’s fee to handle the homeowner’s to-do list is not cost effective.  A handyman, who makes a living performing various small repairs and remodeling projects, is often a better alternative.

Once the handyman is on site, moving from one small project to another is cheaper than having them come back two or three different times.  This is a good reason to have a list so that the handyman can handle everything efficiently.

American homeowners are busier than ever with little spare time to handle the simple home repairs and maintenance.  Jobs like this are perfect for your local handyman service.  With the boom in home remodeling, it can be difficult to find a contractor who has time to handle small jobs. And often a contractor’s fees to handle small projects can be prohibitive.

A handyman, who makes a living performing various home repairs and improvements, is a better alternative.  Here are some tips for choosing a handyman service:

Decide the project's scope

A handyman makes a living doing the small jobs which can be completed in one to three days. If the job is going to take more than a week, the homeowner may need to hire a specialized contractor.

For example, if you need new siding and windows you will need to hire a reliable contractor who specializes in this are.  But if you just need a new ceiling fan installed, window treatments or a shelf unit mounted, then a handyman service is your best bet.

How much does a handyman charge?

Like any contractor, a handyman should provide you with a free no obligation estimate before tackling a project.  A homeowner should never hire a handyman until knowing the cost of the project, including parts. Typically, most handyman services charge an hourly rate for labor.

How to find a quality handyman

Finding a handyman is much easier today with many advertising on the internet in your local Yellow pages or through coupon direct mailings.  Find a few that appear to suit your needs and then begin your research before deciding which one to call.

Check with the Better Business Bureau by calling or going online to see if there have been many consumer complaints about the handyman you are considering.  Check the status of their license by calling the appropriate authority in your state.

If all is good so far, the interview process is next.   Ask for references and call them to make sure the handyman did quality work and stood behind the guarantees.  

Very Important!  Make sure the handyman service you have working in your home is properly insured.  The homeowner could be liable for any damages or injuries while the handyman is working if he is not covered by worker’s compensation and liability insurance.

Working with a handyman service

Prepare your to-do list of all the home repairs and improvements that you need done.  Once the handyman is on site, moving from one small project to another is cheaper than having them come back two or three different times.

Aaron Abbott is the local Allen Texas Handyman providing home repairs, remodeling and additions for residents in Dallas, Irving, Richardson and surrounding neighborhoods.

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