I can't do it allhowcolour/Shutterstock
If your handyman says he can “do it all,” that’s a red flag. I’ve seen
a guy who advertises handyman services on his truck that he mows grass, paints, does renovations, and builds houses. That’s not the guy you want to hire. Actually,
a sure sign that you can trust me is
if I tell you I’m not the best person
to do a particular job and give you the name of someone else. Also, keep up with these things that smart homeowners do at least once a year
Try to fix the problem yourself before calling mehowcolour/Shutterstock
Before you call me about your clogged sink or shower drain, try a plunger or a Zip-It drain-cleaning tool. Neither requires you to take anything apart, and both often do the trick in just a minute or two. These are secrets your plumber isn't telling you
Let me know if I can use the bathroomhowcolour/Shutterstock
Offering me water or some cookies is great, but if you really want to show me hospitality, let me
know that it’s OK for me to use your bathroom. It’s always a pain to have to jump into my truck and drive
somewhere to answer nature’s call. To avoid needing handyman services in the first place, make sure you never ever pour these things down the drain
The advantage of hiring a handyman from a national franchise
is that he’s usually screened and trained and has a boss you can
complain to if there’s a problem.
But you may also end up with
an employee who doesn’t care as much about quality, and you almost always will pay a higher price.
I don't know everythinghowcolour/Shutterstock
Sometimes I still have to look up how to do something before I do a job (YouTube is the best!). A good handyman stays up to date on new products and trends and is always open to learning something.
Houses don’t take care of
It’s on you to inspect yours at least once a year: Do you need to caulk around your windows and doors? Do you have any rotted wood? Are any shingles loose?
It’s a lot less expensive to hire me
to address those things than to replace them after years of neglected
If you see a lot of ads, it doesn't always equal good servicehowcolour/Shutterstock
If I’m any good, I really don’t need to advertise, because I get plenty of work through word of mouth. When I started my business,
I put a magnet on my truck with
my phone number. After about six months, I had to take it off because
I was getting too many calls.
We price differently depending on the jobhowcolour/Shutterstock
I may give you a different price than the one I gave someone else for the same job. Why? Some of us charge more when we’re really busy. Or if I go into a house and it’s
, I’ll raise the price because I don’t want to work there.
We're pretty handyhowcolour/Shutterstock
Before you throw something
out, ask whether I can repair it. I’ve fixed broken doors and window frames, furniture, toys, and even a medical bed. One time, my neighbor put his lawn mower
out on the curb and headed to the store for a new one. I rescued and fixed it before he got home with the replacement.
On a budget?howcolour/Shutterstock
Ask if there is any way you can help out in exchange for a lower price. Even
if you’re not handy, I may reduce
my rate on a big job if you can haul materials for me or if you are willing to clean up the work mess at the
end of each day. Want to save more money? Try these habits of people who are great at saving