Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Home Maintainenance and Repair Service

March 2015

When hiring and working with a Handyman, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Handyman commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Handyman? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Home Maintainenance and Repair Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Handyman - FAQ

Q How do I get good Home Maintainenance and Repair Service work at a fair price?

A Find a Handyman that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Handyman prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.

Q What should I expect to pay for Home Maintainenance and Repair Service?

A Most Home Maintainenance and Repair Service will be performed on a "time and material" basis. The "time" charge should be quoted on a per hour basis before work begins. The typical hourly rate for a Handyman ranges from $32 to $48 in most parts of the country. The total hourly charge is commonly rounded up to the next full hour.

Q Do I need to use a licensed Handyman for my job?

A You should use a licensed Handyman for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Handyman's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.

Q Should I use an insured Handyman for my project?

A Your Handyman should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.

Q Does my Handyman need to be bonded?

A A bond is generally not required for Home Maintainenance and Repair Service.

Handyman - Common Projects

A Handyman can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Home Maintainenance and Repair Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:


Handyman - Finding and Hiring

Hire a trustworthy Handyman

Are you considering spending more than $250 with a Handyman? If so, it is important to find a Handyman matched to your quality and value expectations - and not simply hire someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence.

The FREE homewyse hiring guide helps you find and hire great help, get quality craftsmanship and create a fair agreement.

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