Home Service Professionals


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

January 2014

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

How do I avoid the scams and get good Home Maintainenance and Repair Service at a fair price?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. Download the Handyman Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Home Maintainenance and Repair Service?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 $27 to $41. The total hourly charge is commonly rounded up to the next full hour.
Do I need to use a licensed Handyman for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?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.
Should I use an insured Handyman for my project?Your Handyman should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Handyman need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Home Maintainenance and Repair Service.

Handyman - Services

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

Not every Handyman has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Handyman matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Handyman to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Handyman - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Handyman. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Handyman. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Handyman's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Handyman Hiring Guide

How to hire a Handyman

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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