No matter how much we would like to do it all ourselves, there are just some things in life that warrant a skilled professional to intervene. Whether it be you do not have the time or skill, issues are bound to arise in your home that need repair ASAP.
What is the best way to go about hiring and managing a home repair contractor?
Types of contractors
Depending on what work you need done on your home, you will most likely hire the help of a subcontractor. This is a person who performs a specific task that they are skilled in. A general contractor oversees larger projects such as a new home build or major renovation.
Different areas that subcontractors can be skilled in include electrical, plumbing, carpentry, flooring, roofing, landscaping, drywall, A/C, and more.
Always make sure the handyman/contractor you hire is licensed and skilled in their trade.
When to hire a contractor
This is a decision that ultimately is up to you to decide. Depending on how comfortable you are with the task at hand, and your skill level, you will need to determine if the repair is something you can handle or if it will need professional assistance.
Some projects may even require a permit, so always check first before deciding to embark on a task alone. As a safety precaution, never try to attempt to repair electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems alone if you do not possess the skill set or proper licensing.
If in any way, shape, or form, you are a little apprehensive about a repair, you should probably hire a subcontractor or licensed handyman.
Managing the project
When letting a stranger into your home, it is important to oversee the project to ensure that everything goes smoothly from start to finish.
You will need to:
- Define your expectations
- Initiate a signed contract or agreement
- Lay out the payment terms
- State your expectations for clean-up work
- Discuss when they will be coming and going
- Do not get in their way while they are working
Choosing the right contractor
When selecting a professional contractor or handyman who is right for the job here are a few tips:
- Ask around – get recommendations from friends and family.
- Reach out – reach out to at least three of the suggestions.
- Read reviews – check out their pages for examples of their work and reviews.
- Compare – receive at least three quotes and compare them.