Hiring a handyman is a great way to get all of those odd jobs completed that you haven’t been able to get around to. What we sometimes find is that people are a little apprehensive in approaching one as they aren’t sure that what they need doing falls within their remit.
To assist, we’re going to outline the steps that you should take to make the whole experience as seamless and as productive as possible, from scoping your job through to completion.
Compile a List of Requirements
The first step is draft a list of all of the jobs that you need completing with as much detail as possible. This should include:
- A list of the furniture you need assembling.
- The size of the room you need painted as well as whether you already have the required paint.
- The length of guttering you need cleaning as well as the height of your roof.
- The quantity of light fittings that you need installed or replaced.
This list is just an example but should give you an idea of how much detail is required to obtain an accurate quotation. If the job requires a specialist skillset or a permit of any description, we would suggest seeking the services of qualified tradesmen.
Shop Around to Ensure Competitivity
It is unlikely that any two handymen will provide you with exactly the same quotation for the same amount of work. For that reason, it is a good idea to obtain three quotations just to get an idea of how much the job should cost. If you’re located in Sydney, a handyman in Inner West should be easy to come by. It might also be a good idea to seek out recommendations from happy customers.
In addition, you should ensure that;
- A guarantee is provided with their quotation in the event that any issues arise after the work has been completed.
- Both the quotation and the scope of work are agreed in writing before hiring your handyman.
On the Job
Once your handyman has been appointed and arrives at your house, you will want to show them the piece of work they are to complete as well as run through the details of the job. This will allow them to ask you any questions they might have and to bring the correct tools inside with them from their van.
Close supervision shouldn’t be necessary but we would suggest that you remain at home in the case of any difficultly.
Job Completion and Inspection
Once the job has been completed, it is very important that you inspect the work to make sure that you are happy. This also gives you the ability to ensure that nothing has been damaged in your property through the course of the job.
If the work completed isn’t to your required standard, you should request that your handyman rectifies any issues before payment is made. Any issues that can’t be solved should be escalated to your local civil court to obtain a resolution.