5 handyman communication tips
Open communication with your handyman will ensure the work is done to your satisfaction. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Hiring a handyman is a big commitment. You're letting someone you don't know into your home to do work you can't do on your own. After you find the right handyman who's capable of completing your projects at a fair price, it's important keep the lines of communication open to ensure you're satisfied with the entire process, from start to finish.
1. Make your expectations known
Your home repair professional isn't going to know exactly what you want him or her to do if you don't clearly communicate your needs. Simply pointing the handyman in the direction of the problem and saying "fix it" isn't sufficient. Clearly communicate your goals in writing so there is no question about your expectations.
2. Be clear about your budget
Almost all handymen charge by the hour. If you have a strict budget that you need to stick to, let the handyman know before any works begins. Ideally, you should ask for an estimate before you make a hiring decision.
3. Get contracts in writing
If you're entering into a contractual agreement regarding a job, which is helpful when you have a big job for your repair professional to perform, get the agreement in writing. This will eliminate any miscommunication between you and the contractor and will ensure that everyone's expectations are met.
4. If you have questions, ask
The key to properly communicating with your handyman often depends on simply asking questions. If you're wondering why the handyman did something a certain way, ask. If you want an update on progress and he doesn't offer it, ask.
Sometimes, homeowners feel intimidated when asking contractors questions about what is happening on the job. Don't feel this way. Your handyman wants you to be happy with the services, and understands that you may not always understand what is happening.
5. Don't hover
While it's important to communicate clearly and ask questions when working with a handyman, it's equally important not to hover. Let the professional do his or her job. Ask questions, state your goals and then get out of the way and let the handyman work. This way, you'll both be satisfied with the arrangement.
For more information, visit the Angie's List Guide to Hiring a Handyman.