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How to Find an Affordable Handyman

Sep 4, 2008
Finding an affordable handyman for those of us with no connection to the construction or other skilled labor trades may be a difficult task, but there are many means of obtaining leads. If you are in need of an affordable handyman should consider discussing the need for a handyman with people he or she knows. This strategy is course true of many things such as cheap plumbers, bathroom contractors, and the like. This means discussing it with everyone we know, including service providers such as bank tellers, grocery clerks, and other people we frequent often.

In your search you should naturally start with your family and friends and then move on to merchants and service providers. If you are uncomfortable or unsuccessful then you can go through the want ads and services section of the newspapers, bulletin boards, and other such advertising media.

The problem in searching through advertising media is that you really don't know what you are getting, there is no indication at all of what you would be getting and there is not trusted source as to the quality or character of the handyman. This would mean more careful evaluation of the prospective handyman and perhaps more stringent terms in negotiating an agreement.

Communicating the need to friends and family will often result in many leads. Once a lead is obtained the next thing is to thank the person for the lead and then follow up on the lead. The communication with the prospective lead should probably include mentioning the source of the lead and then an interview of relevant questions should follow. Depending on how the lead was obtained, the degree of care in interviewing the prospective handyman should be enhanced or reduced.

A referral from a very credible source should of course lead to very good leads and the quality and price should be very good as well. Referrals from unknown sources and less quality sources likewise should require more diligence in your interviewing, since the quality is likely to be inferior. There is no sure thing when it comes to a referral, but the probabilities skew in one direction or another depending on the source of the lead.

A handyman should be more than just an affordable handyman, the handyman should actually be skilled in his craft, which in reality means knowing a lot about different things and having the tools to undertake the tasks. It makes no sense to hire a handyman or anyone else for that matter just because they are cheap. More often than not you get what you pay for. Going cheap may be very high risk and if the particular service you are seeking involves repair of bathroom plumbing, or electrical work, or gas lines you probably do not want to go solely on basis of price as cheap could result in substantial water damage, a fire, or an explosion.

The cheap plumber, handyman, or bathroom contractor could end up casting you more than hiring the expensive one. There are some tasks where you should be very careful in who you select as they can involve high risk of damage to your property or injury to your family.

Your evaluation of a handyman should include questions about the particular task you intend to initiate the relationship, years of experience, and questions about repairs in general. You should consider researching a few repairs and then based on your need found knowledge test the prospective handyman for competence. If they pass the competency test, then it is a matter of getting the right price.
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