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Hiring a Handyman 101

Hiring a Handyman

When it comes to home projects, there are several ways to go about it. A homeowner can go the DIY route, hire a contractor, or hire a handyman. Each of these solutions has a place, and it’s good to know which is the right fit. Depending on the work, a handyman could help homeowners save a substantial amount of time and money.

What Is a Handyman?

Handyman Holding a DrillA handyman is someone who can complete a wide variety of construction and home repair tasks. It’s important to ask about credentials when hiring a handyman. Anyone can claim to be good with a hammer and nails, but if they haven’t been trained to perform the job, homeowners could end up with worse problems than before. It’s also crucial to keep in mind that anyone claiming to be a handyman that isn’t insured could compromise home safety and the risk for voiding warranties and insurance claims.

Jobs for a Handyman

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There are several jobs ideal for a handyman as opposed to a contractor or going the DIY route. For any of these jobs, homeowners should consult a handyman about their services and experience before hiring.

  • Minor Electrical: If a homeowner wants to replace an existing light fixture or upgrade their outlet to a USB outlet, hire a handyman.  Issues that are more significant could require a licensed electrician.
  • Deck or Fence Upgrade: For an old deck or fence that needs to be re-stained, have a few boards replaced, or requires painting, a handyman is just the person for the job.
  • Exterior Repairs: Any old siding in need of repair, a shingle in need of replacement, or gutters in need of swapping out? A handyman can take care of it.
  • Painting: Small painting jobs are perfect for a handyman. Things like a wall or two, a garage door, scuff marks, or the like are just the types of jobs that a handyman can do. If the entire house needs painting, however, it might be better to consider a painting company.

How To Hire the Right Handyman

It’s important to hire the right handyman for the job. To do that, there are several tips to keep in mind before signing the dotted line.

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First, one must be specific about the project. Make a Honey-Do list and ask if the scope is in line with handyman services. Large projects like rewiring, repiping, or other needs may require a licensed contractor.

Second, one should shop around for the best prices. Compare costs and the services provided for the bottom line. Check reviews and only look at companies that have a high rating and are well-reviewed by their customers.

Third, it's important to make sure any work agreement is in writing. Have the job, the associated costs, and payment play all written up. Homeowners can also ask for a guarantee and get this in writing, as well.  A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions offers upfront pricing and guarantees all workmanship for one year.

Finally, they can check the work before payment and always have the handyman answer any questions related to the project or service.

Expert, Professional, Handyman Services

A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions has proudly served Austin, TX, area homeowners and residents since 1977. Every team member is expertly trained, licensed, and insured. Any job will always be quoted as a flat-rate price that will not change mid-job.