The four "do's and don'ts" that you must know before hiring a professional.
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And today, we will talk about what you must know before hiring a professional for home repairs.
So you have moved into a new apartment and settled in well. All the furniture is in the right place, and overall, everyone seems satisfied.
But then, unfortunately, Something within your house needs to be fixed.
Electrical problems/air conditioning/plumbing/painting - Unfortunately, there is no shortage of examples on the subject.
So what would any normative person do? You're right - hire a professional to help him with these issues.
But let's be honest, nowadays it is not easy to find both a good and reliable professional who will not take advantage of your lack of knowledge.
This article will teach you what to do and not do when hiring a professional to fix Something in your home.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
Rest assure. This article will save you money and unnecessary frustration.
1. Do preliminary market research.
Trust us. You do not want to be lazy when choosing a professional for your home repairs.
Nowadays, a massive variety of sites ranks professionals in all areas you can think of.
Examine carefully the experts in the field in which you need assistance. Read thoroughly what the verified clients have written, and try to understand how these professionals have helped each of them with their problems.
Market research is key
You must understand. Hiring a professional is just like buying a tomato in the supermarket - in both cases, it's about transferring payment in exchange for a particular service/product.
And just like before purchasing a product/service, it is highly recommended to do market research - the same here. Hiring a professional is no different.
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2. Understand what your need is (be focused).
If you are not specific and goal-oriented, you can get lost quickly.
For example, if you need to repair a leak, do yourself a favor and fix only the leak in question. Do not be dragged to replace all your house plumbing.
And so, you should conduct with the professional you wish to hire - be focused! There is no room for confusion or hesitation.
And another and no less critical tip, if, unfortunately, you do not understand properly the field in which you need professional help, and you are too lazy to do so, do yourself a favor and do not try to misrepresent yourself as if you do.
Trust us. These people are like sharks that smell blood. One word of stupidity on their part about the topic being discussed, and 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.
In the spirit of the popular saying - it is better to be silent and be thought stupid than to speak and prove it.
In conclusion - understand your need and approach them properly.
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 that you do not have too much of an idea on the issue that needs fixing, they will take advantage of it to make you think much more thorough repair is required - All to enrich themselves a little more.
So 'how to avoid it? You might be asking.
1. Read extensively on the subject of the problem you are facing.
Your handyman must understand that the client facing him is well aware of the problem that needs fixing and that it will not be easy for him to give false and far-reaching diagnoses.
Disclaimer: We do not intend to claim that all professionals are cheaters - absolutely not! All we want to do is avoid any inconvenience that may arise. And a thorough understanding of the area needed for repair can help with the matter.
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 professional.
Do your homework and understand things as much as you can
Our two cents on the matter are that, on the one hand, you should show some understanding in the area of repair needed, and thus you will avoid unnecessary scams, and on the other hand, do not overdo it so that you don't embarrass yourself and do more harm than good.
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4. Do not make room for misunderstandings (match expectations).
Make your expectations clear To the handyman you hired before! The beginning of his 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. We invented this quote right now ..). However, do not leave even the slightest space for misunderstandings. Ensure everything is clear and agreed upon before starting the actual repair work.
Before beginning the repairs, You must clarify your expectations to your handyman in an unambiguous way — What will you consider a success and what not.
Make it as clear as possible what you intend to pay money for and for what you will not pay even one cent!
The problems start when all sorts of misunderstandings pop up at the end of the job - when you feel that the results need to meet your expectations, And the repairman claims, on the other hand, that everything was done exactly according to your request.
Therefore, our recommendation is to clarify the essence of your need before the work begins (preferably in writing).
By the way. It has an official name - a contract.
Avoid unfortunate misunderstandings by clarifying things at the beginning of the engagement
Unfortunately, we understand that making a contract for every minor repair is impossible. But in such cases, do yourself a favor, and as noted above, clarify yourself well. Especially - regarding the payment.
We sincerely hope you will implement our recommendations on the subject and that the repair process in your home will be fun and efficient.
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