5 tips to get the best handyman service
Ever find yourself overwhelmed with a growing to-do list of home repairs and not enough time to get started? Instead of rushing to hire someone that may not be right for the job, follow the tips below to aid your search for a reliable and helpful handyman.
1. Ask your neighbors
The reason word-of-mouth references are so helpful is because they come from a real customer who is often someone you know and trust. Word of mouth recommendations speak volumes about the quality of work done and about the reputation of the handyman or handyman service.
2. Use online resources
With great online tools such as Angie’s List, you can find and compare handyman services quickly and easily. Because a website like Angie’s List is not “owned” by the handyman or handyman service, reviewers feel comfortable leaving honest, non-biased reviews. The Better Business Bureau is another great way to check the credibility and accreditation of a local handyman service.
3. Visit their website
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, refer to each handyman’s website. Their website should show a list services offered, before-and-after photos, information about what the handyman is trained and able to do and how you can get ahold of them. Additionally, you should be able to find helpful information such as ratings, reviews and customer feedback.
4. Check references
After you’ve decided on a handyman, ask to see a list of references and be sure to contact them for more information. Ask how professional, friendly and helpful the handyman was, and of course, ask to see photos of the work completed.
5. Set up an appointment
Finally, set up a consultation or estimate appointment. By doing so, you’ll be able to find a handyman you’ll feel comfortable with, and you’ll also be able to see their customer service in action. Ensure that he or she is courteous, on time and knowledgeable about the type of repairs or installations you need.
It’s easy to find the right handyman to complete your to-do list of home repairs, and you’ll feel better once your home is refreshed, maintained or upgraded. One last tip - be a resource, yourself! Make sure to follow up with an honest review of your handyman experience to help those who are just beginning their search.
Kalamazoo Handymen Services. The company provides handyman services in and around Kalamazoo, Mich., and earned the Angie's List 2012 Super Service Award.
As of June 18, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.