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7 Things Your Handyman Won’t Tell You (But Every Homeowner Should Know)

February 29, 2016

Whether you’re thinking about doing a home repairs or just some light fixing up around the house, there are things that your handyman or contractor may not tell you.  Not all of us are DIY inclined and navigating the job from a homeowner’s point of view can seem complicated.  But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Here are 7 things your handyman won’t tell you, but every homeowner should know.  7 Handyman tips to help you know the limitations of work required and how to deal with any snags that may come up.

 

Handyman Tip 1:  Your handyman, no matter how experienced, may not know everything!

 

Your handyman may not know everything, but a little communication goes a long way.  If he says he can’t do something, this is a sign you can trust him.  So discuss what home repairs you need done clearly and get his advice.  Even if it’s not in his scope, he will more than likely be able to do some research for you – whether it’s through YouTube tutorials or phoning a friend in the trade – and then advise you accordingly or refer you to someone who specialises in that field that you can trust.

 

Handyman Tip 2:  From the start, your handyman says he can do it all? 

 

Let’s be serious, no-one can do it all.  When it comes to plumbing and electrical matters, he may say he can do it all but those kinds of things are best left to specialised home repair guys in that field.  If he isn’t willing to admit that he would like to get the advice or help from those other professionals, perhaps it’s time to find a new handyman who is more honest.

 

Handyman Tip 3:  There is in fact some DIY plumbing that you can do yourself.

 

Obviously, for big home repair jobs get in the professionals, however for smaller jobs like blocked drains it’s a lot cheaper to try yourself first.  It’s also a lot easier than you may think.  Before you call your handyman or plumber try a plunger or a drain-cleaning tool – these work quickly and save you a fortune on call out fees. Also, don’t forget to check DIY and How to channels on YouTube, there is tons of useful home repair information out there to help!

 

Handyman Tip 4: He isn’t the cheapest and prices do vary.

There are tons of variables, outside of time and parts, which go into the prices that a handyman may quote.  These can include anything from how busy he may be, to the travel time it takes to get to you or even the state of you home.  Shop around!  Get trusted names from neighbours and friends and get quotes to find the cheapest.

 

Handyman Tip 5:  What if he wants cash without a receipt?

 

No matter how much you trust your guy, if you’re going to pay him cash make sure that there is proof of payment.  Not only does someone wanting to be paid under-the-table raise concerns about his credibility, but should the thing he fixed, break, you’ll have no proof that the job that was done.

 

Handyman Tip 6:  You should just leave him to get the job done? No!

Keep a watchful eye on the job and your home, regardless of how much you know about the work he is doing.  Not only can you then confront him if he or one of his workers break something in or around your property, but your presence will help with home security dramatically.  For more security tips, read our last security article:  Renovating and worried about security? We have some tips for you.

 

Handyman Tip 7:  Yes, unfortunately your dog does disturb them

 

Your contractor or handyman may be too polite to say, but having your dog around the house, especially if he’s a barker, can cause added chaos and slow down the job.  The idea is to get them in and out of the job quickly and efficiently, and pets can sometimes get in the way. Or worse: wander off because a door or a gate has been left open!  For short jobs, separate your animals from the area.  For bigger, more complicated work, send your pooch on a playdate with the poodle next door or get a friend to watch him.

 

There you have, 7 things that you should know when dealing with your next handyman, plumber or contractor.  Have some of your own handyman tips to deal with contractors and handymen? If you have any ideas on DIY home security, tips on how to prevent home burglaries please send your suggestions to steve@locklatch.co.za and we’ll publish and credit the author.

 

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