WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN?
A certain stigma can be attached to handymen... That is, the old guy down the road who tinkers in his garage and is good with his hands. It is more than that - Handymen are actually a great resource for homeowners, whether it's for tackling a small, technical job or starting on a major project. Professional handyman contractors today are slowly breaking that mould. We, of course include ourselves in that category. Our service is professional, well rounded and experienced, and as necessary, insured and licensed.
We like to be open and honest with how we operate and charge our time and if we see a potential cost saving for you as the customer, we will always offer options to help in this area. Below is a few handy tips and ways to potentially save time and money.
How handymen charge
It's first important to understand how handymen usually charge for their time. There are two common methods: by hour, or by job. If the work is straightforward and will take no more than a day or two, you'll typically be charged by the hour. Things like hanging a new door or repairing a leaky toilet fall under this category.
Be aware that professional services - for example, a plumbing expert - will cost more than handymen with broad skill sets.
Larger jobs will often be quoted in total, with contractors and homeowners negotiating when payment will occur; many handymen prefer to be paid by milestone. For example, they might charge half of a total renovation price when the framing and plasterboard stages are completed, and the other half once the job is finished. .
Reputable handymen should stand behind their work and won't have a problem correcting mistakes at no cost to homeowners, but a written agreement is always preferable to a verbal contract.
Keeping your costs down
There are several ways homeowners can help lower the cost of a job. The first is preparation, which includes cleaning and prepping the area where a handyman will be working. Move out any furniture and sweep or vacuum before your contractor arrives. If you're having multiple small tasks completed, prepare a list in advance instead of standing around discussing what needs to be done. Some jobs also offer specific ways to save money. If you're having new carpet installed, for example, you can choose to tear up and dispose of the old carpet, saving yourself dollors on labour and tip fees.
Other cost savings
Another way to save on work is to buy your own materials. Be sure to do research first to ensure what you buy will work in your home. If you buy the wrong materials, however, it will cost more to correct the mistake. Also remember that experience plays a role in cost. If your neighbor down the street has done a few projects for other homeowners, he won't be as expensive as hiring a local handyman, but his work won't be of the same quality and it may take him longer to complete.
The average cost for hiring a handyman varies by experience, project scope and time. Homeowners should expect to pay either by the hour or for an entire project, but never pay the entire balance owed before work begins. Research and preparation can help lower costs and make sure your handyman's time is put to best use.