There are probably plenty of individuals and companies offering handyman services in your area. How do you discern the competent professionals from the amateurs, and ensure that you’re getting the best service? Follow these simple tips to ensure you are dealing with handymen you can trust to do the job.
Steps for vetting a handyman service
When you are looking for a handyman service, follow these tips:
- First, check that they are licensed, bonded and insured. A properly licensed, insured and bonded handyman service will be very happy to show you their credentials.
- Ask for references. A handyman service depends heavily on its reputation. Ask for two or three credible references from recent jobs. These past clients should be happy to vouch for the service. If they are not, you know you need to look elsewhere.
- Discuss the costs in detail. Ask for a detailed quote beforehand and ask questions about each item on the list. Few reputable handyman services will ask you to pay upfront. Payment should only take place on completion, or according to a specific agreement, which should be in writing before work starts.
- Look for a good price, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Obviously, you want to pay a reasonable price for your work – and make a saving if you can – but if a handyman quotes too far below the market price, you should be suspicious. They might be cutting corners on materials and/or workmanship, or their operation may not be aboveboard.
The benefits of a monthly home maintenance plan
The best kind of repair is prevention, and this is why it is a great idea to secure the ongoing services of a handyman with a monthly home maintenance plan. With one of these plans in place, your handyman will check up on your home each month, performing routine checks, spotting problems before they cause any significant damage, cutting long-term costs and saving you any future inconvenience. The tasks a handyman will regularly perform on a home maintenance plan include garage door inspection, attic inspection, plumbing checks and fixes, thorough home exterior and interior analysis, and more.
Gardens Home Management Services is a licensed, bonded and insured handyman service in Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. We also offer estate management, landscaping, and other services. Contact us for more information.