A Guide To Choosing the Best Local Repairman
Do you need a handyman or a tradesman?
Does my repair job require a licensed professional? This is the first question that you need to answer. If the answer is “yes”, then visit the website.
For example, your pipes have frozen you’ll need a licensed plumber. On the other hand, many common repair jobs can be completed by a good handyman.
The Boy Scouts have it right.
The Boy Scout motto, ‘be prepared’, is a good one. Now, when everything is working right, is the time to decide who you’ll call when problems arise. You’ll want someone to handle general repairs and contractors with a licesnse to address problems in areas that require one, including:
– electrical work
– HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) work.
License requirements give you protection.
Picking someone to do work that requires a license should be fairly straight forward. Any tradesman qualified to do your repairs will be able to do so. You’re protected by the codes a tradesman must follow.
Since skill levels will be similar, selecting someone for work that requires a license depends on other factors such as:
— How the work is priced? Good work deserves good pay but no one wants gouged either.
— Work habits. No employer wants a worker that wastes time on a cell phone and cigarette breaks and you shouldn’t either.
— Congeniality. All things being equal, wouldn’t you rather have a pleasant (though still professional) person in your home than some old grouch?
But how do you find these things out?
Finding reliable repairmen requires time and effort. That’s why it’s a good idea to do it ahead of time. There’s nothing better than word of mouth. Ask around to find out who people you know have used to do their repairs. There are services that provide the kind of information you’re looking for. It doesn’t hurt to check out a potential contractor with the governmental agency that licensed him either. Finally, conduct your own interviews. After all you’ll be paying this person.
What about general repair work?
Selecting a handyman might be more difficult than choosing a skilled professional. You won’t be protected by a set of codes and if the person works for his or her self you can’t complain to their boss either. You can still ask around and still conduct interviews. Look for:
— Someone who chose the work. (Not someone who was forced into it because they lost or were denied other jobs for incompetence or bad attitudes.)
— A person who demonstrates knowledge in many areas. You want someone with answers, not someone who is confused by your problems.
— An active and limber person. You may be asking them to go on a roof or creep through a nasty crawlspace. Their safety and perhaps your liability may depend, in part, on their physical fitness.
Whether you need a professional or a jack of all trades the search process will be similar. It’s also a good idea to have alternate choices. So, if your plumber is out of town, or your handyman isn’t so handy after all you’ll have a backup plan.