Handymen provide a maintenance alternative
When routine home maintenance and repair reaches the point where you can no longer do-it-yourself, it might be time to call in an expert. Often, the size of the job doesn’t justify bringing in a full-fledged contractor. Hiring a handyman could be the most efficient and inexpensive choice.
There are many benefits to hiring a handyman. They’re usually skilled in many areas and can perform multiple projects in one visit. They also tend to have less overhead than a contractor since they typically don’t hire employees and require less specialized equipment. This means they can work at less cost to you. There is also a good chance you will be able to get the work completed faster than if you hired a contractor.
There are currently more than 500 highly rated handymen listed on Angie’s List in the Chicago area alone. A handyman can perform many services like installing or repairing drywall, painting, appliance repair, furniture repair and minor construction. They can also perform exterior maintenance such as roofing and gutter repair, and various landscaping projects. Skills and knowledge will vary depending on training and experience.
Handyman licensing requirements vary by location. In some states, anyone offering building repair services is required to have a general contractor’s license. In Chicago, a home repair license is required for any business that offers to improve, alter or convert a residential property. The home repair license also ensures the business has a commercial general liability insurance policy of at least $300,000.
There are pitfalls to hiring a handyman. For example, plumbers and electricians require extensive training and certifications. An inexperienced handyman could actually cause damage to a home without the proper knowledge and training of the task at hand. For projects that require a highly specialized skill, it’s best to hire a contractor.
The next time you have work to hire out, be sure to consider all of your options. You could save yourself a lot of time and money by hiring the right person for the job.