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Choosing A Handyman
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Are you like the other million and some homeowners that need a handyman to provide home repairs and property maintenance? Sometimes it's something simply as in painting a surface, fixing a hole in the wall or remodeling the bathroom. Often times it is something silly like a broken faucet or loose banister. There is constantly something that needs repairing. Unfortunately in today's world it can be extremely difficult to find a qualified professional in your area that can work with your budget.

Before hiring a handy man, there a few steps that are recommended to ensure that your needs be met. First and foremost, depending on the laws in your state, always make sure to check for a valid and current license upon having work done. It is also important to make sure that your handyman is properly insured. Below are a few additional steps to keep in mind:

• Make a detailed list of everything that you would like to have done, and be prepared to present this organized list to your handyman during a pre-screening and upon arrival. You want to make sure that the handyman you hire has the skills to successfully perform the tasks required of him. Also, presenting your handyman with an organized list upon arrival will help him plan the most efficient way to go about getting things done, saving you time and money.

• Look for a trusted referral from a friend, relative of business partner. This type of a referral will make your screening process easier. If you can't find a referral from anyone you know, try searching through advertisements, mail and the internet.

Be prepared to screen your handyman. Make sure to get a handful of references from him/her. Are there any customer complaints filed on him? Find out about what skills they have, what experience they have, and how much they charge. Does your handyman offer free estimates? Do they charge by the hour?

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