4 tips to hire the Right Handyman or Contractor.

4 tips to hire the Right Handyman or Contractor.

Here are four important tips when you're hiring a handyman or a contractor. Welcome to Wealthy Wednesday.

Number one, make sure you check the past work they did. Either get someone who is referred by someone you know and they did some work. Go check the quality of the work. Because a lot of time this handyman, the contractor, they over promise you and then when they deliver the work, you'll not be happy. So the number one thing is check the quality of the work that they did in the past. Not just the photo, check physically what they did. Number two, make sure when you're hiring a handyman or a contractor, they are doing the work. They're doing the full work assigned. They may hire a helper but make sure they're not subcontracting the work to somebody. Because when they hire a subcontractor, the subcontractor charge the price and then they make some money in between as a Commission. And why pay somebody some Commission for nothing. So make sure check with them that whatever work you're giving them is that the floor work, painting, roof, electrical, plumbing, doesn't matter. They did that work by themselves before. Not to give to a subcontractor. It's your money. You got to watch it.

Number three, when you get an estimate from them, get itemized repair items. Because many times I see the handyman is going to say, okay, I want to charge you this much money for all the repairs. Hey, keep an itemized repair for flooring for example, this is your labor charge. For the kitchen this is your labor charge. For the painting, this is your labor charge. Not together, so that's the way you can analyze all those repairs and then something they're charging more, either you can negotiate or hire somebody else for that particular project. Maybe they're giving a good price on the flooring, but the painting, they're charging a horrible price. So get itemized repair items and with the price separate price and have you and the contractor handyman both sign. So that's the way they cannot fool you down the road when the repair is being done.

And most important, number four is the time and the money. When you sign a contract with them, you give them time. I need this job to be done in four weeks. And in this four weeks, I'm going to give you the money at the end of every week. But you have to make sure these are the items that are done. Don't just give them the money because they're going to come to you. They say, give me 50% advance, guess what? The 50% advance week after they take another 25% and then most of the money was already paid. They will have no interest in doing any more repairs. They will find another job and then you are going to chase them to get this work done. So on a timed schedule, do this weekly basis, and this is the money you get, you do, you finish, I check and then I give you the money. Time and money is very important. Your time, your money and the quality of the job.

Hopefully these four tips will help you to hire the right handyman or contractor for the next time. Give me a call if you have any questions. Shawn Bhakta from Remax Residential. Glad to help.

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