As the summer begins to wind down and plans for fall start to unfold, it can suddenly become apparent that some (or many) of the outdoor chores slotted for completion have been left unfinished. Excess heat, rain, or simply enjoying more fun with family and friends can derail the best of plans. Before giving up entirely, it can be a lifesaver to find a good handyperson, man or woman, who can get those home projects completed before the first of the autumn leaves drop.
Finding a reliable, affordable home-project professional takes a bit of research. It’s best to start by drafting a complete list of to-dos around the house, adding as much detail as possible, before seeking quotes. Neighbours, friends and home improvement stores can often offer recommendations and some retail stores pair homeowners with skilled professionals through referral services that review workers’ background checks, licensing, and insurance.
Once you have collected a list of jobs to do, and talked with several potential handymen or handywomen, homeowners should plan on getting several quotes. If you only have a couple of smaller jobs, it can be worthwhile to talk with neighbours who might also have some work needed to see if the cost can be lowered by combining multiple jobs in one location. Unless you are using a professional referral service, plan to check for proof of licenses, and insurance and follow up with referrals.
Technology is also useful for finding a trustworthy and reliable handyperson. Apps like TaskRabbit or Thumbtack can make finding the appropriate home pro a snap. Be sure to read reviews, and verify a background check has been completed before letting anyone into your home. If you get the run-around asking for proof of licenses, insurance or several references, move on to another option.
In smaller and rural communities, word of mouth of often the best way to find a home-project pro. Check out community newspapers and bulletin boards, or ask at local hardware or paint stores. Subdivision and community Facebook groups can also help link home pros with local residents – you may even find someone local looking for work. Get started today with a list and a plan!