LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2012) - Whether you're looking for a builder for a home extension or a plumber for unblocking toilets, finding the right man for the job can be a difficult task. Avoid the cowboys with our top tips for finding a reliable handyman.
Ask for a detailed quote
It can be tempting to jump at the cheapest offer, but this could be based on poor quality tools and materials. Ask for a clear breakdown of the costs of both labour and supplies, with confirmation of the level of finishing included. Dyno blocked drain services, for example, is based on a two-tiered fixed price structure, which will be calculated by a qualified engineer based on the size of the job and the type of machinery required to complete it.
As with any job, it's important to check someone's working history before hiring them. A reputable handyman should be able to provide you with a full list of completed projects, with the contact details for the homeowner. A good tip is to ask to see the work in person so you can judge its quality for yourself.
Plan a schedule
We've all heard horror stories of home improvement jobs stretching way beyond the agreed timescale or eventually being left incomplete. Agree a strict timetable with the handyman and agree a set hourly fee if the job should for any reason stretch over. You should also make sure that the agreed timeframe is feasible for the job, as a handyman who works too quickly may be rushing the job.
If a handyman is hurt in your home, you could be liable to pay him compensation if he does not have adequate insurance himself. Check that he has all the necessary licenses and registrations required before he starts work.
Draw up a Contract
Using the quote as a guide, draw up a contract that specifies all materials and labours included in the cost of the job. This should also include details of any warranties in case you need to call the handyman to make any repairs to his work at a later date. The contract should be signed and dated by both yourself and the contractor before any work is started.
Paying the bill
Never pay for a job upfront. A good rule of thumb is to keep at least 25% of the total cost back until you have complete peace of mind that the job is completed to the best possible standard.