The Four "Do's And Don'ts" Before Hiring A Handyman.
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Today, Following several requests from members of our sweet community who encountered this issue, we intend to discuss quite a sensitive topic: the things you must know before hiring a handyman for home repairs (Regardless of the scope).
After much effort and investment, you finally have moved into a new apartment and settled in well. All the furniture is in the right place; overall, everyone seems satisfied.
But then, unfortunately (Drums), Something within your house requires fixing:
Electrical problems/air conditioning/plumbing/painting - Unfortunately, there is no shortage of examples.
So, what would any normative person do? You got that right - Hire a handyman to help him with these issues.
But let's be honest. Nowadays, finding a good/reliable handyman who will not take advantage of your lack of knowledge is quite challenging.
But don't worry; that's precisely why we're here. This article will teach you what to do and what not to do when hiring a handyman to fix stuff in your home.
Rest assure. It will save you tons of money and unnecessary frustration.
As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.
'The Four "Do's And Don'ts" Before Hiring A Handyman.'
1. Do Preliminary Market Research.
Trust us. You do not want to be lazy when choosing a Handyman for home repairs.
Nowadays, many sites rank professionals in every field you can think of.
Examine carefully the experts in the field in which you need assistance. Read thoroughly what the verified clients have to say, and then figure out how these professionals have helped each of them with their problems.
Market research is key
You must understand that hiring a Handyman is just like buying a tomato. In both cases, it's about transferring payment in exchange for a particular service/goods.
And just like when, prior to purchasing a product/service, it is highly recommended to conduct market research - the same goes here. Hiring a handyman is no different.
For further enrichment, please see this excellent article.
2. Understand What Your Needs ARE (be focused).
If you are not specific and goal-oriented, you can get lost quickly.
For example, suppose you need to repair an annoying leak. Do yourself a favor and fix only the leak in question. Do not get dragged to replace all your house plumbing.
The same goes with the decision-making process concerning the handyman you wish to hire - be focused! There is no room for confusion or hesitation.
By the way, Suppose you do not properly understand the field in which you need professional help and are too lazy to conduct your own research - do yourself a big favor and do not try to misrepresent yourself as if you do.
Take our word for it. These people are like sharks smelling blood. They will immediately realize that you have no idea what you are talking about. Then, you'll find yourself with twice as many repairs as you originally planned.
Be an expert in the field!
In the spirit of the famous saying - It is better to be silent and considered a fool than to speak and prove it.
In conclusion - Get to the bottom of your actual needs and approach them correctly. It will help you better understand the dos and don'ts before hiring a handyman.
3. Do Your Homework.
A known (and unfortunate) fact is that not all home repair professionals are reliable enough.
Some will even say that those professionals can 'smell blood,' and if they conclude you do not have too much of an idea regarding the issue that needs treatment, they will deliberately make you end up thinking that a much more thorough repair is required - All to enrich themselves a bit more.
So 'how do I avoid it? You might be asking.
We thought you'd never ask:
1. Read extensively on the problem you are facing.
Your handyman must sense that the client-facing him is well aware of what needs fixing, and it will not be easy to manipulate/provide false and far-reaching diagnoses.
Disclaimer: We do not intend to claim that ALL professionals are charlatans or something like that - absolutely not! Our sole purpose is to avoid any inconvenience that may arise. And a thorough understanding of what needs fixing and how precisely it can be done can help significantly.
2. Let's face it: You are not a professional, and there is a limit to the amount of information you can extract from Google regarding your problem. So despite the above, try not to overdo your "professional knowledge" demonstration. You will get caught up in your bullshit pretty quickly, certainly in front of a serious handyman.
Do your homework and understand things as much as you can
Now for our two cents:
On the one hand, you must show some understanding. Thus, you will avoid unnecessary scams. On the other hand, please do not overdo it so that you don't embarrass yourself and do more harm than good.
For further enrichment on this topic, please read this article.
And now for the last in our four "do's and don'ts" before hiring a Handyman list.
4. Do Not Make Room For Misunderstandings (Match Expectations).
Make your expectations clear prior to! The beginning of the actual work.
An ancient Chinese scholar once said:
"When you sign a contract like friends, you end up like enemies. And when you sign a contract like enemies, you end up like friends".
Well, no need to be petty and Google us. You are absolutely right - We invented this quote right now- However, the guideline principle is still valid - Do not leave the slightest space for misunderstandings. Ensure everything is clear and agreed upon before starting the actual repair work.
It would be best to unambiguously clarify your expectations to your handyman about what you would consider to be a success and what would be a 'Big No No...'
Make it clear as possible what you intend to pay money for.
The problems start when all sorts of 'misunderstandings' pop up at the end of the job - when the results fail to meet your expectations while, at the same time, your handyman emphatically claims that everything was done exactly according to your request.
Therefore, we recommend clarifying your needs' essence before the work begins (preferably in writing).
By the way. It has an official name - A contract.
Thank us later.
Avoid unfortunate misunderstandings by clarifying things at the beginning of the engagement
Unfortunately, we understand that setting up a contract for every minor repair is impossible. But in such cases, as noted above - properly clarify yourself. Especially - regarding the payment.
What do you have to lose..?
We Hope this article - 'The Four "Do's And Don'ts" Before Hiring A Handyman' -will help you make the repair process more fun and efficient.
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