The Handyman vs. The Contractor
You need something done around the house and either you don't have time or maybe you don’t have the skill set.
It's a tough decision... Handyman vs. Contractor. You deliberate, get bids from both and consider the pros and cons. You choose the Handyman… Maybe it’s because of a lower price or maybe it’s the timing and less hassle, you choose the unlicensed handyman.
Caution! As the owner of a Real Estate Brokerage with thousands of home sales under our belt, trust me, think twice! There is a reason the handyman doesn’t have a contractor’s license. If you have small job like sprinkler repair, replacing a fence post or maybe need a trash out, a handyman could be a reasonable solution. But if you need a bathroom remodel, a deck, patio awning or anything you want to last. The contractor is the correct decision and well worth the extra money and effort.
When you do consider a handyman or a contractor, consider these tips a MUST!
- NEVER PAY THEM IN FULL until the job is complete to your satisfaction.
- Get everything in writing, down to the last detail.
- Check the status of the contractor’s license with the State with which you live.
- Check references and see previous work.
Oh by the way, we maintain a “Gold Services Team” list of service providers we have had success with. Need to hire someone? Ask for a copy of our list. Any of our Team Members would be happy to provide you with our Gold Services Team list.
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