A professional handyman is a skilled worker who can tackle a wide range of tasks and responsibilities at a residential or business location. A good handyman can do electrical work, plumbing, remodel rooms, paint interior and exterior surfaces, diagnose and repair appliances, fix flooring, clean up patios and yards, repair minor roofing problems, and numerous other tasks. When looking for a reputable and talented handyman, consider the following:
- Training and Certification – When interviewing a handyman, ask them about their specific skills and training and if they are qualified to use any specialized tools and equipment. Ask if they have been certified by the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals, which tests and certifies handymen, provides them with group insurance programs, and lists them online by their skills and geographical location. This association also offers updated product and procedure information on numerous handyman projects.
- Written Estimate of Repairs and Costs – When you interview a potential handyman, show them the projects that you wish to have completed and ask them for a written and signed estimate of work to be completed and the associated costs that they will charge. After you read the estimate, sign it to show that you are both in agreement as to all aspects of the job. Having this estimate in writing protects you as well as the handyman should you have a later disagreement or dispute.
- Handyman License – Many states require a handyman to obtain a license in order work to in your home or business. To obtain this license, a handyman may take classes and be tested on their knowledge and technical skills. Although a handyman’s license is not required in all states, it gives valuable professional credibility to the handyman that has one.
- Handyman Liability Insurance – When hiring a handyman to work in your home or business, ask to see their certificates of liability insurance. This insurance protects the handyman against any claims of injury while working on your premises. Additional liability insurance protects the handyman against any claims of injury after completion of their work. Liability for broken or lost tools is included in both of these insurance documents.
- Building Permit and Building Inspection – For any work that you wish to have done in your home or business, ask your handyman to obtain a building permit in your state of residence. Keep a copy of this building permit in your records. After completion of your project, ask your handyman to attend the site inspection by the state building inspector sent to approve the completed work and/or repairs.