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3 Simple Rules for Hiring a Handyman and/or Contractor courtesy of Seniors’ Choice Home Improvement Specialists

Rule #1: Have a clear idea of what you want…and make a list!

With such a broad reaching profession, it is incumbent on the homeowner or business owner to ask the right questions if you want to hire intelligently. Before even considering calling, get together a list of the things you want done. In the craft we fondly call this the “laundry list” or the “honey-do list”

Though there are many handymen/contractors with a tremendous range of skills you can’t assume anything. It is important to go over the list with the individual/company later in the screening process. Your goal is to decide if this person will do enough of your work to make hiring him/her worthwhile.

Rule#2: Develop a list of handymen/contractor prospects

One of the best ways to start the search is to receive a trusted referral from a friend, relative or business associate. This type of referral makes the screening process a little easier since you have some information about the company before you talk to him/her on the phone… or have him/her standing at your threshold! Be wary if you leave a message and your call isn’t returned within 24 hours… if this is how they treat their potential customers, who knows how responsive they will be if you become a customer.

Rule #3: You must ask these questions!

  1. Request at least a few references… and then.. check them out!
  2. Ask direct questions about the technician’s experience and ability.
  3. How does the company price their work? Do they give FREE estimates?
  4. For many jobs, general liability insurance is NOT optional! Though the job size may be small, a little mistake can lead to a big disaster.

Is the job over $500 including labor and supplies?.. if YES then you need to hire a licensed contractor.You can verify the license on-line California License State Board http://www.cslb.ca.gov/  at or call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).

  1. ALERT  Be advised that unlicensed individuals pose a risk to you and your family’s financial security. They expose you to significant financial harm in the event that a worker is injured while on your property, if your property is damaged, and/or if the work is incomplete and/or faulty. Few, if any, unlicensed individuals have general liability insurance, bonding or workers’ compensation insurance. Don’t take the chance in order to save a few dollars. You’ll probably end up paying more in the long run …

Seniors’ Choice Home Improvement Specialists are a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a proud member of the National Aging in Place Council.  For more information about Seniors’ Choice and the handyman/contractor services they offer or to schedule a home safety assessment by a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, please call 760-518-1836 or visit their website at www.seniorschoicesd.com.

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